Flood-resilient streams protect mountain farms, villagers in north Pakistan - financially backed by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme

Improvement in Flood-prone Streams of Northern Pakistan – with technical and financial backing by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme

Author: Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio for trust.org: HUNZA-NAGAR VALLEY, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Flood-prone streams that until recently threatened the lives, incomes and properties of mountain communities in Pakistan’s Hunza-Nagar valley are now much less dangerous, and are even helping boost harvests, after work enabling them to better withstand weather extremes. The natural…

Modhva Fishing Village

Tata Power Mundra in association with Aga Khan Rural Support Program adds value to the fishermen community in Gujarat

In order to instill a sense of responsibility amongst villagers towards their environment and generate awareness on proper usage of natural resources, Tata Power installed Roof Rain Water Harvesting Structures (RRWHS) at Modhva village in association with Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) under Project Sagarbandhu. Literally meaning “Friends of the Sea,” the objective of…

Aga Khan Rural Support Program in association with Tata Power installs Roof Rain Water Harvesting Structures in Gujarat

Aga Khan Rural Support Program in association with Tata Power installs Roof Rain Water Harvesting Structures in Gujarat

The objective of installing the RRWHS in the village was to generate awareness on proper usage of natural resources by providing an independent water supply. Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility has always been a frontrunner in driving initiatives towards environment conservation. In line with this, Tata Power through its wholly-owned subsidiary Coastal Gujarat…

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SEEDs being sown to manage ‘park between earth and sky’ – The Hindu

The Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP), the largest protected area in Pakistan spread over 10,000 sq. km covering four districts in Gilgit Baltistan province, could well be the country’s most charming and sustainable tourist destination if a community-driven programme of conservation gets its way. According to Raffaele Del Cima, Country Operation Manager and Project Director…

Filmmaker Niccolo Piazza Focuses on Water and Warming in Northern Pakistan

This year, an Italian-born filmmaker, Niccolo Piazza, is preparing to release The Karakoram Anomaly, a documentary examining life, culture and heritage in Baltistan and the Hunza Valley, locations in Pakistan’s mountainous northern regions, against a broader backdrop of climate change. Below is an interview with the director with Asia Society, highlighting the coordination of Nazir…

Celebrating 30 years of rural support | DAWN.COM

This year the Rural Support Programmes (RSPs), which are working with 32 million people across the country by organising communities and supporting them in development activities that the people themselves identify and undertake, are celebrating their 30th anniversary. “We feel that 30 years of our movement is an important milestone,” says Shandana Humayoun Khan, currently…

Small-scale tech can transform women’s lives in a big way – The East African

The electrification of remote villages in the north of Pakistan, introduced by another NGO, the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), shows how three simple ingredients — running water, community organisation and some technical know-how — can help women. The district of Chitral and the northern areas of Pakistan lie where the Karakoram, the Himalaya…

Acumen Fund to invest Rs86m in energy sector – Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) to support the creation of four community-managed micro hydel units in Chitral

KARACHI: Acumen, a pioneering non-profit global venture firm addressing poverty across Africa and South Asia, has announced its first investment in the growing rural energy sector of Pakistan, a statement said. Acumen is giving a loan of Rs86 million to Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) to support the creation of four community-managed micro hydel…

Aga Khan Foundation Canada – Improving Maternal and Child Health in Afghanistan: A Conversation With Dr. Ahmad Fawad Akbari

High maternal and child mortality and morbidity rates make maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) a pressing public health issue in the country. In the province of Badakhshan, the maternal mortality ratio is 2,200 deaths per 100,000 live births, one of the highest rates in the world. But by tackling poverty from multiple angles, the…

Escaping Pakistan’s poverty trap – Millions are working their way out of poverty in Pakistan thanks to one man’s vision – Telegraph

My travelling companion, 79-year-old Shoaib Sultan Khan, was taking me back to where the final stage of his awesome life story had begun. Exactly 30 years ago, when General Zia-ul-Haq was in power in Pakistan, Khan was commissioned by the Aga Khan to combat the endemic poverty and backwardness of Pakistan’s northern areas. Khan, who…

Building communities: how poor people are unlocking their own potential | guardian.co.uk

Introduced to Pakistan in 1982 through an Aga Khan programme, the methodology entails RSP representatives holding public consultations with villages to determine their needs and establish a collective commitment to organisation. The model comprises three tiers of community organising. The lowest tier operates at household level, consisting of networks of 15 households. This supports a…

Pakistan’s fruit, vegetable, dairy, and livestock farmers to receive training and modernization – Aga Khan Rural Support Program to help

SLAMABAD:  US government announced on Wednesday that it will help 45,000 farmers in the fruit, vegetable, dairy, and livestock sectors increase their profits. Farmers will work with US-funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to form over 3,000 small farmers’ groups and will receive specialized training to improve their products and sales. via http://www.brecorder.com.

Rural Support Programme in Pakistan mark 30th anniversary with renewed pledges

ISLAMABAD – The Rural Support Programme (RSPs), the largest development network in Pakistan, mark their 30th anniversary on Thursday across Pakistan. On 7th December 1982, the Nobel Peace Prize nominated development guru Shoaib Sultan Khan initiated the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) in northern Pakistan as a project of the Aga Khan Foundation. Since…

Workshop on ‘Training of Trainers’ organised by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, Pakistan (AKRSP)

Islamabad: A three-day workshop on ‘Training of Trainers’, organised by the YES Network Pakistan and Agha Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) concluded here, says a press release. The training was attended by the representatives of Hashoo Foundation and Abdul Wali Khan University. The major goals of the training were to provide participants with the opportunity…

Mountain Wilderness International with the help of Aga Khan Rural Support organizes training for the mountaineering instructors

Mountain Wilderness International (MWI) would organize first training course for the mountaineering instructors during the summer of 2013. In this regard, the local leaders of the AKRSP (Agha Khan organization) and Qamar Zaman, Federal Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Training, assured their full support to the initiative, acknowledging its educational, professional and sustainable…