Access to services

Limited access to quality basic education and health care, housing, water and sanitation, whether due to services being far away or costing more than people can afford, or other structural inequalities, urgently needs to be addressed in Pakistan. Access to services by vulnerable and marginalised populations is of particular importance. The UN supports equitable access to and use of quality basic social services especially by vulnerable and marginalized populations. This is a prerequisite for socio-economic development in Pakistan and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The development of the social sector also contributes positively to economic growth. Within the One Programme II, the UN supports Pakistan to achieve the following overarching goals:

Strengthen policy and legal frameworks and promote increased budgetary allocations and accountability mechanisms in support of access to social services for all.
The UN provides technical assistance to develop and implement equity-focused laws, policies and strategies that consider children. To facilitate this, specific research is supported and accountability systems strengthened.

Increase public awareness and the promotion of safe behaviour, especially for vulnerable and marginalised peoples in relation to access to social services and housing.
In collaboration with government and civil society, the UN is working to increase public awareness in the areas of hygiene and sanitation, vaccinations, child enrolment in schools, reproductive health, etc. At the same time, efforts are being made to increase the participation of all peoples in the development, and implementation of these programmes.

Increase capacity for equitable service delivery, including through innovative technology.
In response to the devolution of major line departments to the provinces, the UN supports provincial departments for health, education and water and sanitation services to promote equitable access to these services. This includes identifying and mapping the most vulnerable groups who are underserved to support the appropriate channelling of resources.