The Balochistan and Sindh provinces are the most underprivileged and the poorest regions of the country. There is lack of basic facilities available to communities living in these areas.

Weak and volatile local governance structure is exacerbated by issues of capacity, resources, planning, and development. The EU supports the Governments of Balochistan and Sindh in addressing these challenges, building on the commitment of the Government of Pakistan through the SDGs National Framework. This support also includes capacity development of local governments for planning and development, innovative public service solutions, and advocacy for empowered and strengthened local governance structure to enhance opportunities for economic growth and sustainable livelihood.

Balochistan (35 Districts | 9 Divisions | Pilot Districts: Quetta - Kech)
Sindh (30 Districts | 7 Divisions | Pilot Districts: Naushahro Feroze - Larkana)

LEAD for SDGs Localisation in Pakistan

The Local Empowerment, Advocacy and Development (LEAD) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Localisation in Pakistan is a 4-year (2019-2023) Programme co-funded by the European Union and the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) in partnership with the implementing Partner the Association for Development of Local Governance in Pakistan and the Local Councils Associations of Balochistan and Sindh. The Programme’s objective is to contribute to the localisation and achievement of SDGs in Pakistan by fostering an enabling environment for mainstreaming SDGs in local development processes in targeted districts of Sindh and Balochistan Provinces.

How do we address the challenge?

LEAD for SDGs project aims to contribute to the localisation and achievement of the SDGs in Pakistan. It works with provincial and local governments to foster an enabling environment for mainstreaming SDGs in the local development process. It provides support for effective leadership, policy advocacy, evidence-based research, capacity building, awareness-raising, knowledge building, improved coordination, and piloting of innovative approaches for SDGs localisation.

LEAD programme is based on the interests and needs of local governments mainly in the Provinces of Sindh and Balochistan and aims at helping them mainstream the SDGs into the local development plans.

Expected Results

Effective and Responsive Local Governments in support of SDGs Localisation

Enhanced institutional Capacity of Local Governments for SDGs Implementation

Improved Knowledge and Information around SDGs

Innovative Approaches adopted for SDGs Localisation in Four Districts of Balochistan and Sindh


600+ government officials including 150+ women from all the districts of Balochistan and Sindh province have improved knowledge and information and become technically capable to better understand SDGs and their roles and responsibilities as per local government laws and policies.

Helping in development and implementation of conducive policies and legislation to empower, strengthen and improve local governance structure.

50,000 indirect beneficiaries from 4 pilot districts of Balochistan and Sindh province

25,000 people are aware and informed about SDGs and its importance in local development through knowledge hub, social media, IEC material, TV and radio.

Radio Shows broadcasted for awareness raising about benets of localisation of SDGs in remote areas of Balochistan and Sindh

4 innovative solutions implemented to provide access to basic public facilities in 4 districts of Balochistan & Sindh

Formulation of 6 SDGs alliances, 2 at provincial and 4 at district level, to foster enabling environment to localize and implement the agenda 2030 in Balochistan and Sindh

Local governments input and feedback incorporated in the Voluntary National Review Report

Prominent Actions

Capacity Development

Build understanding, develop local priority frameworks and plans, contribute to VNR, and generate resources at local level

Technical Assistance

Provide technical assistance and support to 4 pilot districts in developing SDGs aligned local development plans

Innovative Actions

Implement pilot innovative action in the 4 districts of Balochistan and Sindh province.

Information & Knowledge Hub

Knowledge hub for archiving and disseminating information related to SDGs and local level development.

Mass Awareness

Raise awareness on SDGs and local development through IEC material, Tv, radio, social media, workshop, seminars and celebration events

Partnerships & Alliances

Facilitate public-private-partnerships and alliance building in pilot districts.

Programme Outreach

National level

LEAD for SDGs will complement the efforts of the Government of Pakistan; the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives and the National Parliamentary Taskforce along with Provincial Parliamentary Taskforces on SDGs for localising the National and Provincial SDGs Framework to sub-national levels and in developing linkages and coordination with local government institutions.
Provincial level

The Programme is working with the Departments of Planning & Development and Local Government& Rural Development of both provinces i.e., Balochistan and Sindh for inclusive, participatory and community-led development through policy advocacy, awareness and capacity building for localisation of the SDGs.
District level

The Programme is supporting elected representatives and officials of the district government of Balochistan and Sindh Provinces in developing SDGs aligned with local plans and implementing innovative actions through capacity building, awareness, advocacy and improved coordination with different stakeholders.

Localisation of SDGs Roadmap

The term “Localisation of SDGs” refers to the process of taking into account the sub-national/local context in the achievement of Agenda 2030, from the setting of goals and targets to determining the means of implementation and using indicators to measure and monitor the progress. Localisation relates both to how local and regional governments can support the achievement of the SDGs through actions while adopting the bottom-up approach and how the SDGs can provide a framework for local development policy

Roadmap for Local Government in Localising the SDGs

Set up local political commitment to achieve SDGs

Baseline study and Stakeholder mapping to match your available institutional function and issues of SDGs

Setup a local SDGs special task force to ensure well-coordinated

Develop action plan according to city development agenda that match to the SDGs

Synchronization between local and national development agendas

Setting up a business model to finance SDGs action plan as a platform for multi-sector and cross-cutting issue partnership

Develop a monitoring and evaluation scheme as a basis for reporting progress

Best practices promotion experience exchange and initiated local government cooperation

Mainstreaming SDGs at Local-level in Balochistan & Sindh | Capacity Building Trainings
Officials Trained on SDGs Localisation in Provinces

The LEAD for SDGs with the technical and financial support of the UCLG World and the UCLG ASPAC completed the VSR
Report 2022 with the collaboration of the LCAs in four provinces and the ADLG at the National Level. The VNR is aimed at assessing the state of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) localization in Pakistan and tagging the role and effectiveness of local governments along with identification and mapping of those local governments that have made strides to integrate
the SDGs in their plans and policies.

The Memorundum of Understanding (MoU) between the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) and Parliamentary Task Forces on SDGs, the National Assembly of Pakistan, Provincial Assembly of Balochistan, and Provincial Assembly of Sindh have been signed. The Local Governments of the Sindh and Balochistan are also parternering with the Programme and signed MOUs with an aim to contribute to Localisation of SDGs through an empowered local governance system in Pakistan.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals

It was adopted on 25 September 2015 by Heads of State and Governments at a special UN summit. The Agenda is a commitment through 17 SDGs and 169 targets to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030 worldwide, ensuring that no one is left behind.

Local and provincial governments play an important role in defining the SDGs, successfully campaigning for a stand-alone goal on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements (SDG 11), and for international recognition of the pivotal role of local and regional government in sustainable development. Almost 65% of SDG targets are the responsibility of the local and regional governments. That’ affirms the achievement of the SDGs depends, more than ever, on the ability of local and provincial governments to ensure integrated, inclusive and sustainable territorial development.

Pakistan was amongst the first countries to adopt the SDGs 2030 Agenda through a unanimous resolution of the parliament and has pioneered the establishment of Parliamentary Taskforces on SDGs, both at national and provincial levels to ensure the highest level of political ownership. SDGs Support Units were formed at national and provincial levels at the Planning and Development Departments for effective coordination and implementation of SDGs in Pakistan. The National SDGs framework was approved by National Economic Council in March 2018 and provincial and states SDGs frameworks are in process of development and approval. The provinces have also notified thematic and cluster committees. Punjab and Balochistan Provinces have also notified district SDGs committees to steer the process of SDGs localisation at the local level.