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Seamstress stitches together a secure future

Rukhsana, 40, lives in the Malikyar village in District Haripur with her husband and four children. When her husband was laid off from a local factory, they relied on the support of their extended family. As a result, Rukhsana decided to become financially independent and started sewing clothes for more

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Women earn income by repairing houses post floods

The Research and Development for Human Resources (RDHR) with support of UNDP, GEF, & JAPAN Official Development Assistance, reached the backward and most flood affected areas to assist with financial help through cash for work. One of the beneficiaries included Allah Bachai, 20, who is disabled more

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Street theatre spreads voter awareness and encourages participation in elections

“These kinds of programmes will make us realise our roles and responsibilities because majority of us are not aware about our rights and responsibilities of a good citizen, observed Ayesha Kamal following a recent street theatre performance on civic education. While voter turnout in general electimore

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Strengthening Village Communities through Seed Funding

“The only source of our income is from cultivation and because of the damaged irrigation channel it was hard to live even and fulfill our basic needs. Now that these channels are rehabilitated we would be able again to earn something for our kids and live a dignified life,” said Bakht Mula Jan residmore

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Strengthening Women's role in Rule of Law

"Obedience to rule of law is imperative on elections day. We must ensure that no electoral violence or conflict takes place on elections day," said Anila Kanwal. Anila Kanwal, 20, has been working as a police constable for almost three years. Based in Manshera, the same city where she gremore

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Training Polling Staff for Credible Elections

More than 86 million voters were registered to vote in the 2013 Pakistan General Elections. Almost 70,000 polling stations were needed to facilitate them and each polling station required well-trained staff to manage polling. The training of this staff plays an instrumental role in guaranteeing the more

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Women taking the lead in training staff for the general elections

"Our vote is our voice. If we do not vote, we will not get the leadership that we need to reduce inflation, eradicate poverty and provide access to good quality education," said Zameer Akhtar. Zameer Akhtar, 28, is participating in the electoral process for the very first time. Being a wommore

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UNDP helps build drinking water facility at Tirah Valley, in FATA

Valley Tirah is a part of the Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency in FATA. The Maidan area of Tirah is located at its convergence with Kuram and Orakzai agencies. It also borders Nangarhar Afghanistan in the north. The whole Valley is covered by green hills and huge pine trees. There are more than 20more

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UNDP restores nursery to improve employment opportunities in Balochistan

Balochistan’s economic development has always been a massive challenge.  The province is rich in important natural resources such as minerals, and is known for its agriculture, livestock and fisheries, but the province has never been able to take full advantage of these resources.   Water more

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UNDP supported skills training programme gives women of FATA options and alternatives

  By Naheed Afridi, Social Organiser   For the past year I have been a women’s social organiser with the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) Programme in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). I had an opportunity to visit the Khyber Agency and hear the voices and themore