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  • 15 Dec 2014
    Electoral Reforms in Pakistan: Perspectives and Opportunities

    In any country, even in well-established democracies, the legal framework and administrative processes for elections need to be seen as organic, requiring regular review and modification. This is not only to ensure compliance with international standards and obligations. It also reflects a broader political need to engage in continuous efforts to sustain confidence in the efficacy of the democratic system by making sure electoral processes are responsive and inclusive, and are aligned with the expectations of all electoral stakeholders.

  • 09 Dec 2014
    Swat to have a fully functional forensic science laboratory in June 2015

    PESHAWAR. December 9, 2014. “The establishment of forensic science laboratory at Swat will mean a lot for enhancing quality of investigation by the police. It will help us analyze local evidence at the regional level, thus minimizing the time taken for investigation of cases and decreasing the workload of the laboratory at Peshawar.”

  • 05 Dec 2014
    Message on international volunteer day - The Secretary-General

    International Volunteer Day is a chance to thank the many individuals who act with this spirit of giving, and to encourage others to follow their example. When an earthquake destroys homes, volunteers prove that human solidarity is shatterproof. When looters aim for cultural property, volunteers safeguard community treasures. When development is lagging, volunteers help enable people to lift themselves out of poverty.

  • 05 Dec 2014
    Message on international volunteer day - Richard Dictus

    This year, on International Volunteer Day 2014, we recognize and celebrate volunteerism by acknowledging and honoring people’s participation through volunteering. People’s engagement makes change happen locally, nationally and globally.

  • 05 Dec 2014
    Statement by Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP - Message on International Volunteer Day

    At UNDP, we see the vital role which volunteerism plays in promoting development and peace around the world. In 2014, UN Volunteers (UNV), assigned as health and social workers, lawyers, teachers, climate change analysts, and other specialists, collaborated with UNDP on more than 1,300 projects.

  • 05 Dec 2014
    UNV Pakistan celebrates International Volunteer Day

    UNV in Pakistan marked the International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2014 in Islamabad on 5 December. The event was jointly organized by UNV Pakistan, UNAIDS and ILO to commemorate the International Volunteer Day and World AIDS Day. The event, held at the ILO auditorium, aimed to recognize the contribution of UN Volunteers and encourage people for volunteerism in Pakistan. It also discussed the needs of legal reframe work on volunteerism by sensitizing the policy makers, local representatives and other key stakeholders through building partnerships.

  • 04 Dec 2014
    Multi-dimensional Poverty Index: concept, measurement and policy relevance

    The Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) and UNDP jointly organized the Mahbub-ul-Haq memorial lecture at the 30th Annual Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists. The year’s theme is Poverty, Inequality and Economic Growth. The memorial lecture takes place every year in recognition of the work of the renowned economist, Dr. Mahbub-ul-Haq who introduced the concept of human development in the first UNDP Human Development Report (HDR) in 1990. Dr. Sabina Alkire, director, Oxford Policy and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) gave the memorial lecture on the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The session was chaired by Marc-André Franche, UNDP Pakistan country director.

  • 03 Dec 2014
    Switzerland and UNDP partner to support FATA’s displaced people

  • 02 Dec 2014
    Protection walls built in Chitral valley prone to glacial outbursts

    CHITRAL: A UNDP-funded project has helped the people of Gohkir valley of upper Chitral to build protection walls on both sides of the Bindu Gol glacial lake and also established ‘safe centres’, having all basic life necessities to house the people in case of the glacial outburst during the summer season.

  • 01 Dec 2014
    Understanding the enablers of Institutional Integrity in the National Highway and Motorway Police of Pakistan

    The National Highway and Motorway Police (NH&MP) is considered to be the only corruption free public sector institution in Pakistan. The 2002 report of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the country’s national anti-corruption body, notes, ““with regard to petty and middling corruption, the consensus has been that there is hardly an arm of Government which does not suffer acutely from corruption, with the exception of the Motorway Police.” The general public also perceives NH&MP a corruption free and clients’ friendly institution. So how was such an effective institution created in the backdrop of a very poor history of public service reforms in Pakistan and what are the lessons that could inform the discourse on public service excellence?

  • 25 Nov 2014
    Discussing federalism: Canadian, German federations a lesson for Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Germany, Canada and America have certain similarities in their federalism but every society has its own problems and traditions. The spirit of federalism is fresh in Pakistan which needs debates among politicians to harmonise the system.

  • 22 Nov 2014
    World Peace Mushaira: A poetic homage to tranquility

    MINGORA: To reinforce the district’s perseverance in what has been a path of recovery from turbulent times over the last five years, Swat hosted a World Peace Mushaira on Friday.

  • 22 Nov 2014
    Pashto poetry session for peace held in Swat

    MINGORA: The first ‘International Pashto Peace Poetry Session’ was held here on Friday at Wadudia Hall in Saidu Sharif, Swat, where poets from Pakistan and Afghanistan expressed their desire for lasting peace in the region through their poetry.

  • 21 Nov 2014
    First International Pashto Poetry Festival Promotes Peace in Swat

    The first International Pashto Poetry Festival was held in Swat on 21 November. The event was jointly organized by the Swat district administration, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Provincial Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Settlement Authority (PARSA) and UNDP Pakistan. The festival, known as the Alami Pashto Aman Mushaera meaning the International Pashto Peace Session, brought together more than 55 renowned poets from Afghanistan, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates and all of Pakistan’s provinces. Interest in the event was overwhelming, with the venue filled to capacity with more than 1500 people.

  • 20 Nov 2014
    Civil-military bureaucracy undermining 18th amendment

    Karachi: The civil-military bureaucracy is taking steps to undermine the effects of the 18th amendment and the past and present governments both have been guilty of several constitutional violations in this regard.

  • 19 Nov 2014
    CPNE media training: Disaster reporting lacks investigation, says expert

    KARACHI: Politicians look for the next elections not the next generation in the development process and, to make matters worse, reporters cannot care any less, said reporter and expert on disaster reporting Noreen Haider on Wednesday.

  • 17 Nov 2014
    TEDx Islamabad – a gathering of great minds!

    ISLAMABAD: TEDx Islamabad hosted a fabulous afternoon of technology, entertainment and design – a celebration of wonders, inspiration and dance of the minds – at the Awain-i-Quaid Auditorium in F-9 Park.

  • 17 Nov 2014
    8 Amazing Things I Learned From TEDx Islamabad 2014

    TEDx Islamabad was held in Aiwan-e-Quaid, Islamabad on Sunday (16th Nov, 2014). The event was arranged by Saad Hamid and Ahsan Mukhtar, two young and passionate friends from Isloo. Everything about the event was flawless, the management, the audience, the arrangements and on the top, the speakers.

  • 06 Nov 2014
    Japan assists Pakistan, WHO RAHA strengthens KP and FATA Health sector

    Islamabad: WHO RAHA program handed over ambulances, medical and diagnostic equipment to the health departments of KP and FATA donated by the people of Japan in a ceremony organized at the WHO country office in Islamabad. The ceremony was attended by senior officials from the federal and provincial governments, health development partners, UN agencies and the Embassy of Japan.

  • 28 Oct 2014
    18th Amendment: Study group to facilitate devolution process

    ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR) at Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) on Monday launched the Pakistan Study Group on Federalism in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).