A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is signed between the Local Government and Rural Development (LG&RD) and the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) for strengthening collaboration between Local Support Organizations and the LG&RD and local bodies to reduce negative impacts of poverty through active and effective participation of communities in development activities and creating opportunities for public private and civil society partnerships to execute projects and programs for the equal benefit of the communities living in the jurisdiction of the Local Government and Rural Development across Gilgit-Baltistan.
Speaking on the occasion Muzaffar Uddin, General Manager AKRSP, termed the MoU between AKRSP and LG&RD as a giant leap in the development of Gilgit-Baltistan for it synergies the efforts of both development and public sector. He said that this will provide a framework to gear development initiatives towards grass root level. ‘By undertaking such initiatives the people of GB are creating a model for development that can be replicated in other provinces of Pakistan” he stated. He assured that AKDN would support the government in all possible terms. It will ensure that all govt programmes reach to the poor segments of society.
Mr. Asif Ullah, Secretary LG&RD, said that social sector cannot achieve its vision and development goals alone. “For long run results government and social sector have to work together. The MoU between AKRSP and LG&RD will complement to supplement the vision” he said.
He emphasized that to achieve development targets organisations must have vision, planning, execution and evaluation. This would help out from top to bottom in the development process. Asif Ullah highlighted the need for capacity development.
In order to capacitate all potential officials of LG&RD the government is going to initiate a school of rural development, He specially thanked AKRSP for penning the MoU and ensured cooperation from the government. The event was attended by officials from government and AKRSP.