Millennium Development Goals for
2015 in Pakistan
Where we are and where we need to
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are
eight international development goals that were established
following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000,
following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium
Declaration. All 189 United Nations member states at the time
(there are 193 currently) and at least 23 international
organizations committed to help achieve the following
Millennium Development Goals by 2015
MDGs In Pakistan
•Pakistan has adopted 16 targets
and 41 indicators against which
progress towards achieving the
Eight Goals of the MDG’s is
• It reveals that Pakistan is on track
to achieve the targets on 9
indicators, whereas its progress on
24 indicators is off track.
•Punjab, in lieu of its performance in most indicators, is
far head in achieving MDGs as compared to other
•The prevalence of underweight children below 5 and
proportion of population below minimum level of
•Targets for the net primary enrolment ratio and
literacy rate are unlikely to be achieved.
•Targets related to mortality rates, immunization
against measles and lady health workers’ coverage of
target population are likely not to be achieved.
•Targets for the maternal mortality ratio, proportion of
births attended by skilled birth attendants,
contraceptive prevalence rate and total fertility rate
are unlikely to be met.
•In general, at the current rate of progress, no MDG will be
achieved in entirety in Sindh.
•The floods of 2011 and the declining national economic and
security situation post 2007 threaten to reverse the progress
that has been made. Performance is not only considerably
behind the targets but also the national average in all
indicators the prevalence of underweight children.
•the net primary enrolment ratio, completion/survival rate and
literacy rate, despite the latter being higher than the national
•The maternal mortality ratio, births attended by skilled birth
attendants, contraceptive prevalence rate, total fertility rate
and antenatal coverage reported for Sindh fall considerably
short of those required for attaining the targets.
•Sindh is likely to be unable to meet the target for the
proportion of population with access to sanitation.
•Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province has made significant
progress reflected in its achievement of targets for indicators
of forest cover and land area protected for the conservation of
•Progress in other MDG areas, however has suffered in part
owing to the unprecedented natural as well as manmade
calamities which have afflicted the province.
•GDP for primary education and youth literacy, share of
women in wage employment and proportion of seats held by
women in national parliament with targets below national
•Indicators of infant mortality, immunization of children,
immunization of children against measles and lady health
•KP’s progress also falls short of other provinces in the
proportion of population with sustainable access to a safe
improved water source owing to large urban rural
•Balochistan is the worst performing province in most if
not all areas of the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs). Balochistan’s performance while completely off
track, is especially of grave concern in health and
education related indicators. 43% of children are
underweight in Balochistan against a target of 20%,
reflecting a severe lag in performance. Net primary
enrolment ratio, completion/survival rate and literacy
rate performance is lower than the national average and
considerably behind the targets.
•Child mortality with a staggeringly high infant mortality
rate by national standards. There are 785 deaths per
hundred thousand live births, the maternal mortality
ratio deserves immediate attention.
NGOs working in Pakistan
PAKISTAN POVERTY ALLEVIATION FUND (PPAF)
This NGO is mainly focusing to accomplish MDG 1. Their goal is to alleviate
poverty through empowering poor people and increasing their access to
income and opportunities, ensuring a focus on the most vulnerable and
marginalized groups. They provide funds in the form of grants and loans to
organizations working towards their goal.
WORK DONE BY PPAF FOR SPECIFIC MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
At-least 60 percent of targeted poor and 50 percent of ultra poor graduated to
higher scores on the poverty scorecard
1. Increased percentage of women own assets and resources on their
2.Participation of women household decisions
90% of boys and girls of primary school age within the targeted village
completed primary schooling.
A 50% reduction in maternal mortality rates within the targeted population.
Reduce by 50% the under-five mortality rates in the targeted communities.
children who were severely malnourished were targeted. Achieved
Immunization rates close to 100% in all the PPAF targeted communities.
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IN PAKISTAN
In 2002, the government of Pakistan became one of the first countries in the world
to establish a national public-private partnership devoted to achieving the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UNDP partners with the Pakistan Human
Development Fund and the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD),
the implementing agency working on the ground in 53 districts across Pakistan, in
the following areas:
Education: To ensure that children everywhere receive primary education by 2015,
NCHD has launched the Universal Primary Education Program, establishing
community-based feeder schools to accommodate children unable to access
Health care: To improve health-care services, particularly for
maternal and child welfare, the Primary Health Care Extension Program trains local
health-care workers and educates community members; and
Civil Society: To engage Pakistanis in human development at the grassroots level, the
Volunteerism Program harnesses the potential of individuals to contribute to
development in their own community.
What more can be done?
•Booklet for distribution to Government
and other stakeholders containing
awareness raising materials based on the
TV programs and encouraging all sectors to
internalize that MDGs and make them our
•Identification of areas where NGOs are
not working or could work better so
projects and programs can be developed to
fill these gaps, meet and exceed the
Millennium Development Goals.