In 2014, the country faced significant challenges but also took steps towards new opportunities and hope. UNDP stood by Pakistan as it weathered a prolonged political crisis, relentless terrorist violence culminating in the barbaric Army Public School attack in Peshawar and the launch of a military operation in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) which led to the displacement of 96,434 families. We also confronted natural disasters including floods in Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Amidst these challenges, the provincial and federal authorities made significant efforts to care for internally displaced people (IDPs), and demonstrated a willingness to engage in discussions on the future of FATA and the governance reforms which are so urgently needed. There was a degree of overall economic stability and several steps were taken towards improved governance, particularly at the provincial level. Whilst aspects of the National Action Plan are still hotly debated, its full and consistent implementation holds potential for reform and stronger rule of law institutions.
As provinces assume increasing responsibilities, UNDP has continued to support them. Our experts sit side-by-side with government counterparts, and help to devise appropriate and sustainable solutions to the problems they face.