The Develop Balochistan Initiative
The Develop Balochistan initiative will allow major Key Stakeholders to collaborate on best practices, development enterprises and provide platforms for discussion on the collateral development of the region.
Balochistan is one of four provinces in Pakistan, covering an area of 134,050 square miles and making up 45% of the total land of Pakistan. It has a desert climate, characterised by dry conditions and extreme temperatures.
Temperatures reach 50 degrees Celsius in the summer and drop to -15 degrees Celsius in the winter. Despite being the largest province, it is the least developed, and its population suffers from severe poverty and lacks access to education, water and health.
Develop Balochistan aims to provide relief for 5 focused sectors.
Balochistan in Crisis
Urgent Action Required
The United Nations Development Programme has released a new poverty report that indicates stark regional disparities within Pakistan with Balochistan being the poorest province of the country. Each province has been ranked on its citizens living below the poverty line, which is defined as living on less than $2 a day. In Qilla Abdullah, 96% are living below their means making it the poorest part of Pakistan. UNDP’s new report on poverty indicates that Balochitan is the poorest province of Pakistan, with an increase of 71 percent rural poverty.
“In Balochistan, a drought-like situation has reportedly affected over half a million people and had a severe impact on the agriculture and livestock sectors, said Home Minister Saleem Ahmed Khosa (December 2018). Khosa, while addressing a press conference in Quetta on Wednesday, said around 109,000 families have reportedly been hit by a drought-like situation in 20 districts of the province. “These statistics are based on reports given by the deputy commissioners of the 20 districts,” the home minister added.”
Under-nutrition is a recognized health problem in Balochistan and plays a substantial role in the region’s elevated maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates.
The devastating burden of under-nutrition has lifelong negative consequences, including stunted growth and impaired cognitive development. These can permanently disable a child’s potential to become a productive adult.
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