UNDP’s Youth Empowerment Programme

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In Pakistan, UNDP is at the forefront of promoting youth-focused development programming through its flagship Kamyab Jawan: Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP), which supports the Government of Pakistan in the implementation of the UNDP National Human Development Report 2017’s (hyperlink to NHDR) recommendations as well as the national and provincial priorities related to youth empowerment and employment. UNDP’s aim is to support Pakistan’s Federal and Provincial Governments to devise and implement integrated and pragmatic strategies to decrease the vulnerability of youth by increasing tolerance, reducing inequalities and increasing youth engagement in public life.

Key Objectives

  • Promotion of civic and social engagement of youth for effective and inclusive policy-making and implementation;
  • Provision of critical life and livelihood skills to at-risk, vulnerable, marginalized and excluded youth segments – particularly young women, girls, minorities, trans-genders and especially abled youth -- to help them integrate and succeed in an inclusive and progressive society.
  • Promotion of economic empowerment of youth through employment and entrepreneurship. As a five-year national programme with a provincial and regional footprint.

Key Results as of September 2019

8089 Youth
(4,853 women and 3,236 men)
were engaged in policy making, implementation and monitoring.
700 Youth
(350 women and 350 men)
provided with civic education and skills for an inclusive society
(9038 men and 8683 women) economically empowered through mentoring and training on entrepreneurship

YEP is currently being implemented at Federal and Provincial levels (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh), and is an integral component of the UNDP Pakistan Country Programme Document 2018-22.


Quick facts

Name: SemiColonWeb
Duration: 2018 - 2022
Location: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan
Funding partners: Royal Norwegian Embassy and Government of Japan
Annual Total budget 2019: USD 3.1 Million
Focal point: Ms Laura Sheridan, Programme Specialist, Youth Empowerment Programme, CPRU, UNDP Pakistan.
Implementing partners
Department of Planning and Development (Sindh), Sindh TEVTA, Youth Affairs Department KP, Department of Home and Tribal Affair - KP, (KPEZMC), KP TEVTA, KPITB, KP Culture Sports Tourism Archeology & Youth Affairs Department, Insaan Foundation Trust, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), ECI, Abacus Consulting, Knowledge Platform, Kashf Foundation, Viamo

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