Development is the process by which the standard of living in a country increases. Development is brought about when the government of a country seeks to improve this standard of living. ‘Developing countries’ will often do this in cooperation with ‘developed countries’ who give financial assistance to the developing country to help improve the social, economic, environmental and political aspects of a country. Where humanitarian aid is short-term assistance, usually after a crisis or natural disaster, development assistance has a long-term focus.
At present, the goal of development globally is to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Pakistan, as well as the 188 other UN member countries and 23 international organisations have signed on to these eight millennium development goals that were set out by the United Nations at the Millennium summit in 2000. The target for signatory countries is to reach them by 2015. They are:
- To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- To achieve universal primary education
- To promote gender equality and empower women
- To reduce child mortality
- To improve maternal health
- To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
- To ensure environmental sustainability
- To develop a global partnership for development
The international development community’s programming is coordinated by the UN Development Programme’s Pakistan office (UNDP) as well as with the Pakistan government bilaterally.
Other organisations also offer a huge proportion of development aid in Pakistan. These local and international NGOs run projects across Pakistan and are critical partners with the Pakistani government to help it reach the MDGs. A list of NGOs who work with PHF can be found on our ‘Members’ page. Information on donor country support to development work in Pakistan may be found here.