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Promoting peace through religious sanctuaries; how the youth of Pakistan is creating a difference

Maimoona Akhar is a 25-year-old young woman from Peshawar who holds a Masters Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from University of Peshawar. Although Maimoona is fortunate enough to have…  


A window of opportunity for women in the Merged Areas

Operating since October 2019, UNDP’s Business Incubation programme aims to revitalise economic activities in the Merged Districts. The programme focuses on creating income generation opportunities for…  


Promoting women’s inclusion in governance and decision-making in the Merged Areas

In August 2019, when Ms. Farhat Kifayat Ullah took a position as a Gender Desk Officer in the Khyber District of the Merged Areas she knew that her job would not be easy.  


How a digital dashboard is tracking Pakistan’s progress in Human Rights commitments

Pakistan is a signatory to seven major human rights treaties, a party in the European Union’s General Scheme of Preferences, and a party to the SDGs. These international commitments require the…  


Reshaping the way we work: how to collaborate when physically apart?

UNDP Innovation-AccLab Pakistan’s approach in mainstreaming innovation requires us to constantly collaborate and co-design work. We bring stakeholders with projects to the heart of the problem using…  


Youth in prisons: Learning livelihood skills to start new lives

Supported by the Government of Japan, UNDP is addressing this challenge through its Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP). The programme providing psychological counselling, livelihood skills trainings,…  


No man’s land

Nabi Jan, a journalist hailing from village Manduri in Lower Kurram recalls his experiences while reporting from his native town, "I always feel saddened, whenever I report on violent incidents and…  


UNDP Pakistan's Twitter Chat on Inequality and COVID-19

The Twitter chat served to connect Pakistanis with domain experts, helping them understand the way inequality has both informed the COVID-19 crisis in the country, and how it has in turn been informed…  


Winning ideas that can Master the Disaster; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hackathon

Variability in weather patterns due to climate change mean that weather related disasters will become more frequent, intense and unpredictable. Pakistan currently ranks 5th on the Global Climate Risk…  


Pandemic Communications: Starting Early, Producing Consistently

Our Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) was set up at the Chief Minister’s Office in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) last year. The main objective of the unit was to help communicate the efforts and benefits…  

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