KARACHI ( Wednesday, October 21, 2015) : Poverty is rising in rural South Asia at an all-time high rate, with the rural areas of Pakistan making up approximately 80 percent of the country’s poor despite of efforts to control these rates through demographic shifts to urban areas, and accessibility to base commodities made easier. Throughout the 70s and 80s, several rural development programs were initiated … Continue reading Poverty rising in rural South Asia at an alarming rate | Daily Times
Dawn: September 30th, 2015. CHITRAL: About 8,000 people of Raman village in Laspur valley of upper Chitral will get electricity before the start of winter season as a small hydropower station built by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) was commissioned to work here on Tuesday. Temperature in the Laspur valley and other areas of upper Chitral remains below freezing point during winter. Accompanied by … Continue reading A Village in Upper Chitral receives new hydro-power electricity station: Collaboration of Swiss Agency for Development & Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
Work of the Aga Khan Foundation in northern Pakistan offers a successful model of sustainable projects in livelihood creation, archaeological conservation and environment management. The third sector Faiza Shah for Dawn Herald. A state that withdraws itself from providing essential social services such as education, health and sanitation and a private sector that is selfishly focused on profit maximisation leave a lot of room for … Continue reading The rise of the third sector: Aga Khan Foundation in northern Pakistan
KESHOD (Junagadh): A group of villagers has revived a dried up river by building check-dams. River Meghal in Junagadh district dried up 15 years ago but this year, thanks to the effort of villagers, it overflowed after the very first spell of rain. Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) helped the villagers build as many as 1,100 structures, including 54 check dams, along the 70km … Continue reading Gujarati Video: Junagadh’s Meghal river revived with a decade of work by villagers assisted by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
Beyond the drought is a documentary on how a few villages in Kutch have made collective effort to establish fodder banks and rainwater harvesting system in their villages to address the issue of food and water scarcity during a drought. This has reduced their vulnerability during natural disasters. The film, made with support of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, Bhuj, was used to take the … Continue reading Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India: Beyond the Drought
In addition to the drinking water and sanitation programmes cited in the Times of India Social Impact Award, AKRSP has also built or rejuvenated 4,000 drinking water supply sources and schemes, 200 percolation wells and over 10,000 roof rainwater harvesting structures.
Other watershed management measures have improved 46,000 hectares of land. AKRSP has also planted over 12 million trees.
AKRSP now reaches to over 1,000,000 beneficiaries, in nearly 1,900 villages, in the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.
Ahmedabad, 10 March 2015 – The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) has been awarded the Times of India Social Impact Award 2015, in the NGO environment category, for its effort in ensuring access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation in Bihar and Gujarat. AKRSP was a joint winner with the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation, which is involved in water rejuvenation through community interventions. Continue reading “AKDN | Aga Khan Rural Support Programme Awarded 2015 Times of India Social Impact Award for Safe Drinking Water and Improved Sanitation”
In the NGO category, most judges were aware of both AKRSP [Aga Khan Rural Support Programme] and Jal Bhagirathi Foundation’s “extraordinary work”. AKRSP has consistently impressed with its work on forestry and joint forest management. – Sunita Narain, Director General of the Centre for Science and Environment In their effort to pick environment category winners, the jury got into an engaging discussion on some contentious … Continue reading Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) wins The Times of India Social Impact Awards 2015
From the remote tribal hamlets of Jharkhand, the sand-whipped wilderness of the Thar, the salt-affected ravines of Chambal, the slums of Mumbai and from many such unheeded corners of the country, voices and images of people who are making a difference will come alive when winners are selected for the TOI Social Impact Awards 2014-15.
Organizations have been shortlisted in five categories and include Aga Khan Rural Support Program, India in the Environment Category.
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Mini water testing labs, platforms around hand pumps, community owned water supply systems and toilets at household level in low lying areas.States: Bihar, Gujarat
Following in the footsteps of his mentor, the late Akhtar Hameed Khan, Shoaib Sultan Khan has emerged as a pioneering force for rural development and poverty alleviation in Pakistan. These views were expressed by analysts at “An Evening with Shoaib Sultan Khan”, organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute as part of its “A Tribute to Living Legend Series” on Monday. After retirement from the … Continue reading Living legend: Colleagues, friends pay tribute to Shoaib Sultan Khan
A native of Gilgit-Baltistan’s Nomal Valley, Noorul Ain assumed office at Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in July 2013 and became the first woman to lead the financially-troubled organisation.
Though she has plenty to be proud of, humility is one of her traits that shine through.
“I think I am among the few lucky people who were supported instead of opposed in the early stages of their career,” says the soft-spoken woman, recalling her first job at Aga Khan Rural Support Development Programme (AKRSP).
As a social organiser, Noor remained associated with the programme from 1984 till 2006.
“In AKRSP, my job was to focus on women and raise their standards of living by creating opportunities for them to generate an income,” she tells The Express Tribune in her PRCS office.
PEDO recently awarded a contract to Aga Khan Rural Support Programme to build 55 small and mini hydropower stations in Chitral. The projects will have a combined capacity of generating 6MW of power and will be completed within 18 months. These hydropower units have been planned in the distant and remote villages of the district where power supply through the national grid is not possible. … Continue reading Rs8.6bn allocated for six power projects in Chitral – Pakistan | DAWN.COM
A week-long Pakistan Mountain Festival started here with a hike and cleaning up of Margalla Hills Trail-3 on Sunday.
The festival is being organised in connection with the International Mountain Day which is celebrated on December 11 every year.
The festival is being organised by Development Communications (Devcom) in collaboration with Climate Change Division of Pakistan, Glacial Lakes Outburst Floods (GLOF) project, United Nations Development Programme, Adaptation Fund, Agha Khan Rural Support Programme, Rupani Foundation, Ev-K2-CNR, a non-profit focusing on scientific and technological research in the mountain areas, the Capital Development Authority, Lok Virsa and The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.
Click here to read more Hike and clean up: Volunteers clean hiking trail at Margallas – The Express Tribune.
Ahmedabad, 12th August 2014: Microsoft India and Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) today announced the launch of the YUVA Junction Helpline in Ahmedabad to offer career guidance to the youth. The Helpline is aimed at empowering the youth, especially from rural areas, with a wealth of information on education and employment-related opportunities. It is free to call, providing information in both Hindi and Gujarati, and can be reached by dialing 75678 75679 from any landline and mobile phone.
The Helpline will provide information on courses that can be undertaken after Class 10, and is aimed at providing a much-needed platform to guide youth towards their chosen career path, as well as information on job prospects in a growing economy. The current curriculum of many schools, colleges and training institutes in the country does not meet this immediate need. Therefore, the Government, in partnership with the private sector, must enable the large workforce in the country – expected to be nearly 700 million people by 2020 – with market-relevant training and skills.
Sost-Gojal, August 06: To preserve wildlife and protect the ecology at Khunjerav National Park, in the far north of Pakistan, the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund Program awarded a grant worth USD 94,354 in Feb 2014 to Gojal Rural Support Organization. GRSO will use the funds to build a micro hydro power station that will benefit the village of Gircha, and plant trees at Seer and Ghilbishi, a forest reserve.
Khunjerav National Park is located in Gojal, near the borders of China and Afghanistan. Gojal is the largest tehsil of District Hunza Nagar, Gilgit-Baltistan. There is a buffer zone between the national park and various settlements in the area.
The forest department has recognized the area of upper Gojal as a community conservation area.
In India, programmes of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) span the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Bihar and address a broad spectrum of development issues ranging from cultural revitalisation to education quality, health care to the development of rural areas.
Leading development professionals, policy makers and community representatives gathered in Thatta district of Sindh to attend the inception workshop on “Climate Resilient Communities in Coastal Lying Areas of Sindh project” organised by Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network.
The interventions planned as part of the project will create awareness about the impact of climate change on the lives of local people living in the coastal areas of Pakistan and equip them with necessary knowledge and skills to cope with disasters related to climate change.
Briefing the participants of the event about the challenges the coastal areas of Pakistan face, Saleema Salim, Programme Manager Sindh, AKPBS,P said, “Studies by WWF-Pakistan and National Institute of Oceanography, Pakistan show that sea water intrusion in the past 30 years has encroached over 1km inland.
Indus River Delta may see a rise of up to 10mm per year in the future. Other studies predict an eventual rise of up to 6.5 feet, naturally displacing local communities.
By decentralizing water management in villages, the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India (AKRSP) hit on an environmentally-friendly way of dissolving caste barriers. They won an award for ‘Community-based Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change.’
“A typical drinking water system in a village involves an underground bore-well, from which water is pumped to overhead tanks and then goes to public water-taps. The dominant caste would control the water, and switch the pump on at times convenient to them, and not to Dalit labourers,” said Apoorva Oza, CEO, AKRSP. “But in the systems we worked on, water from the bore-well goes to underground storage tanks servicing around 25 households. All tanks fill up simultaneously, and no one person or caste controls water.”
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The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) under its Enhancing Employability & Leadership For Youth (EELY) project funded by Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) formerly (CIDA) is pleased to announce the Youth Internship Program (YIP-2014) for young graduates (men and women) of Chitral. The overall objective of YIP is to provide fresh graduates a professional environment to utilize their academic knowledge … Continue reading Internship Opportunity for the Youth of Chitral