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  • New prospects for growth and learning for small businesses in Balochistan and KPJul 28, 2016Inclusive markets are a way of building vibrant economies in which the poor and marginalized groups, such as women and young people, participate actively in building a prosperous society. In 2003, UNDP created the Suppliers Development Programme (SDP) in Mexico to develop such markets. The successful initiative spread to other countries across Latin America, including El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti and Colombia. Now, Pakistan is the first country in Asia to replicate this initiative, guided by the SDP management team of El Salvador, in an important example of cooperation between countries of the Global South.

  • Islamabad conference declares: improve access to justice through community-based paralegal servicesJul 26, 2016Government officials, paralegals, and international and national representatives came together today to issue the Islamabad Declaration on Community Based Paralegals, affirming the important role that paralegals play in resolving conflicts within communities. This declaration came at the end of a major conference in Islamabad co-hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Rural Support Programmes Network.

  • UNDP helps bring climate change into the Federal Budget for 2016–2017Jun 20, 2016Pakistan ranks 10th in the world in terms of long-term risks due to climate change. With its high rate of multidimensional poverty, and a large proportion of the population dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, it is essential that the effects of climate change be part of every aspect of policy and planning. Now, for the first time in Pakistan’s history, climate change has become an integral part of the national budget through its inclusion in the Budget in Brief.

  • Pakistan’s new poverty index reveals that 4 out of 10 Pakistanis live in multidimensional povertyJun 20, 2016Pakistan’s first ever official report on multidimensional poverty was today launched by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. The report details Pakistan’s official Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) which was earlier published in the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2015–2016. The report has been compiled with technical support from UNDP Pakistan and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

  • Data for peace: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa experts and policymakers explore open data in governance through the virtual platformJun 15, 2016In the last two years alone, the world has produced more data than in the previous 3,000 years. This vast amount of data needs to be efficiently digested if it is to be useful. At the same time, the incredible explosion of information is an unprecedented opportunity to harness the power of solid evidence in making better policies for peace and development, involving citizens in discussions on key issues, and making government more transparent.

  • With UNDP support, Peshawar mayor joins the regional conversation on innovative solutions to urban problemsJun 9, 2016On 9 June 2016, representatives from cities across Asia-Pacific came together in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in the UNDP-SMG Cities Innovation Exchange sessions organized as part of the International Urban Policy Forum for the SDGs. At this event, UNDP and the Seoul Metropolitan Government jointly launched a historic network for some of the region’s most dynamic cities: City-I-LEAPS, which is designed to help cities learn from each other, design and share innovations, and create vibrant urban environments.

  • Enhancing women’s participation in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblyMay 30, 2016

  • Pakistan held its first National Steering Committee meeting for Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL)May 16, 2016SE4ALL is the global initiative of United Nations, which is underpinned by its three main goals: universal access to energy, doubling the rate of energy efficiency and conservation and doubling the share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix. Pakistan has become one of the 120 countries that have pledged to fulfill these goals by 2030, by addressing the nexus between energy and health, women, food, water and other development issues are at the core of every country’s development agenda.

  • Improving parliamentary oversight in Pakistan and beyondMay 11, 2016

  • UNDP: Fastest Population Shift in History Means Make or Break for Asia-PacificApr 26, 2016Long-term planning now can bring unprecedented growth and tackle poverty, conflict and migration