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  • 05 Feb 2015
    Grassroots Governance: Progress and Challenges in the Election of Local Governments

    “Point six-six (.66) should be rounded up,” the trainer insisted, “You must be very clear on it with your returning officers – or the members may raise objections.” The District Electoral Commissioners meeting in a local hotel in Quetta city jotted down notes and tapped out the exercises on their cell phones to make sure they were clear. Simple issues like rounding can mean the difference between success and failure in elections.

  • 23 Jan 2015
    Launch of Report "Scan of Law and Policies Affecting Human Rights, Discrimination and Access to HIV and Health Services by Key Populations in Pakistan"

    UNDP Pakistan in collaboration with the UN Country Team and the National Aids Control Programme of Pakistan (NACP) launched a report focusing on laws and policies that will enable a more effective response to HIV and promote access to health services.

  • 22 Jan 2015
    The Balochistan Development Forum highlights challenges and growth opportunities

    The Balochistan Development Forum 2015, a two-day conference on development-focused dialogue between the Balochistan government and development partners, was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, on 19 January in Islamabad.

  • 13 Jan 2015
    Malala – continuing to inspire

    Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousufzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize last month in Oslo, Norway when she and India’s anti-child labour activist Kailash Satyarthi shared the award. UNDP Pakistan is extremely proud to be congratulating Malala on this wonderful achievement.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 03 Oct 2014
    Technology and Strengthening Democracy: Opportunities and Challenges

    Inspirational examples from Pakistan and around the world of pioneering approaches to improve civic participation, strengthen governance, and ensure electoral integrity, will be a central feature of this event, enriching the discussion on the potential for modern technology to be leveraged to enhance governance standards in Pakistan.

  • 26 Sep 2014
    New Regional Police Training Centre strengthens Rule of Law in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    Democratic governance depends on the respect and enforcement of the rule of law. To ensure this, UNDP assists the judiciary, and supports legal aid and citizens’ access to justice. In partnership with the KP Government, the Netherlands and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UNDP is strengthening rule of law through community and institutional level interventions. A joint mission of international development partners visited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and interacted with the communities in Swat and Peshawar.

  • 24 Sep 2014
    HEC-UNDP Fellowship Programme

    The Higher Education Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Indigenous HEC-UNDP Fellowship program which offered 12 fellowships to scholars interested in undertaking research on (i) Federalism & Inter-Governmental Relations in Pakistan, (ii) 18th Constitutional Amendment, (iii) Fiscal Federalism and (iv) Decentralization & Local Government in Pakistani HEC recognized Universities/Degree Awarding Institutes.

  • 24 Sep 2014
    Experts call for concrete actions on climate change in Pakistan

    In a prequel to the Global Climate Change Summit hosted by the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday in New York, experts gathered in Islamabad for the Climate Summit Pakistan on Monday. The event brought together representatives of academia, international organizations, government, the private sector and civil society to discuss Pakistan’s vulnerability to climate change and to some of its extreme manifestations like floods and droughts.

  • 23 Sep 2014
    New Media and Citizen Engagement in the largest ever Social Good Summit in Pakistan

    This year, meetups focused on the theme of "Connecting for Good, Connecting for All" - what we can do today to make sure technology and new media benefit people in developeding as well as developed countries? In Pakistan, we highlighted the brilliant work of those who were making an impact and trying to change the world. The summit in Pakistan focused on the use of technology and new media to increase voice and citizen engagement. The discussion highlighted how technology and new media are driving tangible innovation for a better world. The participants discussed questions including How are technology, innovation, and new media being leveraged for social good in your community? What are the obstacles to progress? What needs to happen?

  • 10 Sep 2014
    UNDP reaches out to displaced persons in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas

    Due to insecurity and the recent on-going military operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), large-scale displacement of populations throughout the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) has led to hundreds of thousands of people being displaced to camps and spontaneous settlements and neighbouring communities exacerbating the ongoing challenges of the communities in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

  • 18 Aug 2014
    Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly passes Local Government Act 2014

    The Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly unanimously passed Local Government Act 2014 on 18 August. The Act was drafted by a Select Committee nominated by the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly. UNDP and Gilgit-Baltistan Policy Institute provided technical support to the Committee throughout the process.

  • 12 Aug 2014
    Preparations underway for the National Human Development Report on Pakistan’s Youth

    The goal of Pakistan’s NHDR 2015 is to chart the opportunities and obstacles for youth in Pakistan today. In so doing the report will seek to identify how best to realize the potential of young people within the context of human development

  • 30 May 2014
    “Civic Education Café” gives students a voice in civic education

    In terms of demographics, Pakistan is an exceedingly young country where half the population is estimated to be under the age of 20. Fifty-two of those young people met in Islamabad to voice their opinions and hear the views of other students on what it is that the youth of Pakistan need from civic education programmes and the means with which to reach them. Participants had an opportunity to discuss the importance of civic education, the challenges faced and the role modern technologies play to promote civic education among women and youth.

  • 16 May 2014
    UNDP launches civic education seminar series-Panel discussion on the role of civic education in strengthening democracy in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD, 16 May 2014: Civic education, focusing on identifying gaps in the sector and discussing how to fill those gaps, was the topic of a panel discussion hosted by UNDP and UNWOMEN Pakistan. The event, part of an ongoing series, focused on civic education in Pakistan and civic education with respect to women and youth.

  • 16 Apr 2014
    Bringing Innovation to Education

    Education is one of the priority areas for the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the MDG Framework. Under MDG 2, countries have committed to provide universal primary education to its people whereas MDG 3 asks for reducing gender disparities in education. As like most of the other MDGs, Pakistan will not be able to achieve MDG 2 and MDG 3 at the current pace of progress.

  • 26 Mar 2014
    The N-Peace Awards 2014: Pakistan joins the search for inspirational stories of peace in Asia

    The N-Peace Awards shine a light on the tireless and often unrecognized efforts of both women and men who work with communities across Asia to achieve lasting peace. In its fourth year, N-Peace is excited to announce that Pakistan is joining the N-Peace Awards for the first time!