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New UNDP country director arrives in Pakistan

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UNDP Country Director in Pakistan Marc-Andre FrancheISLAMABAD: New Country Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Marc-André Franche has arrived in Pakistan, the UNDP announced here on Monday.

Franche has spent his professional career working in international development. Prior to his assignment in Pakistan, he was the Deputy Director of UNDP in Haiti, a position he held since 2008. In this capacity, he oversaw an extensive portfolio of projects addressing governance, rule of law reform, improvement of livelihoods and environmental protection. The main focus of UNDP program in Haiti is recovery and reconstruction following the January 2010 earthquake.

Between 2004 and 2008, Franche worked for UNDP in New York as program adviser for conflict prevention initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. In his capacity as program adviser, he was part of a team supporting consensus building and dialogue in the region.

Prior to that, he worked on applied research and policy initiatives in conflict prevention for UNDP in Colombia from 2001 to 2004, and poverty reduction and local governance for UNDP in Bolivia from 1999 to 2001.

He holds an MSc in Development Policies from the London School of Economics, an MSc in European Studies from Lund University and a BSc in Political Science from Université de Montréal. Franche holds Canadian and Colombian citizenship.

Franche will lead the UNDP team in Pakistan, supporting federal and provincial governments to achieve their development goals, notably the Millennium Development Goals and the objectives to be set internationally beyond 2015 while implementing a broad agenda for capacity building.

“I look forward to leading UNDP’s work in Pakistan, improving our ability to work collectively with the Government and people of Pakistan, and developing and supporting nationally-driven solutions to poverty reduction and improving livelihoods and resilience,” said Franche.

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