Commemorating UN designated 11 December “International Mountain Day” in Gilgit-Baltistan

Commemorating UN designated 11 December “International Mountain Day” in Gilgit-Baltistan

GILGIT: The United Nations General Assembly has declared 11 December as International Mountain Day to raise awareness on the importance of mountains to life. This year WWF-Pakistan, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), GB Tourism Department, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, Gilgit-Baltistan Association of Tour Operators (GBATO) and Serena Hotel Gilgit joined hands to celebrate the day by organising a … Continue reading Commemorating UN designated 11 December “International Mountain Day” in Gilgit-Baltistan

Poverty rising in rural South Asia at an alarming rate

Poverty rising in rural South Asia at an alarming rate | Daily Times

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

A Village in Upper Chitral receives new hydro-power electricity station: Collaboration of Swiss Agency for Development & Aga Khan Rural Support Programme

A Village in Upper Chitral receives new hydro-power electricity station: Collaboration of Swiss Agency for Development & Aga Khan Rural Support Programme

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

Victims of the 2010 floods( Photo White Star via Herald - NGOs: The rise of the third sector)

The rise of the third sector: Aga Khan Foundation in northern Pakistan

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

Junagadh's Meghal river revived with a decade of work by villagers assisted by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme India

Gujarati Video: Junagadh’s Meghal river revived with a decade of work by villagers assisted by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme

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

AKRSP - Beyond Drought

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India: Beyond the Drought

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

AKRSP`s work in water and sanitation includes providing access to safe and pure drinking water for nearly 29,000 households in rural Gujarat and Bihar. Photo: AKDN

AKDN | Aga Khan Rural Support Programme Awarded 2015 Times of India Social Impact Award for Safe Drinking Water and Improved Sanitation

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.

AKRSP`s work in water and sanitation includes providing access to safe and pure drinking water for nearly 29,000 households in rural Gujarat and Bihar. Photo: AKDN
AKRSP`s work in water and sanitation includes providing access to safe and pure drinking water for nearly 29,000 households in rural Gujarat and Bihar. Photo: AKDN

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”

The TOI Social Impact Awards

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) wins The Times of India Social Impact Awards 2015

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

TOI Social Impact Awards 2014-15 - India's Poor add up to World's 3rd largest country

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India shortlisted for Times of India Social Impact Awards 2014-15

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.

Aga Khan Rural Support Program India

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

Beneficiaries: 28,000

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Living legend: Colleagues, friends pay tribute to Shoaib Sultan Khan

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

Noor ul Ain

Women & Leadership | Noorul Ain: All it takes is one to make a difference | The Express Tribune

Noor ul AinA 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.

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Chitral power

Rs8.6bn allocated for six power projects in Chitral – Pakistan | DAWN.COM

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

Pakistan Mountain Festival: A hike & cleaning up of Margalla Hills, organized by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme and others

Pakistan Mountain Festival: A hike & cleaning up of Margalla Hills, organized by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme and others

Pakistan Mountain Festival: A hike & cleaning up of Margalla Hills, organized  Aga Khan Rural Support Programme and othersA 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.

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