While Gilgit-Baltistan has made impressive progress over the last few decades, some remote areas and communities remain marginalised or vulnerable, and the social infrastructure is in want of upgrading. AKRSP has already done successful work in developing almost 5,000 Village/Women’s Organisations. The Gilgit-Baltistan government is also keen to forge Public Private Partnerships in the social sector with a view to eliminating poverty. This project aims to promote both.
The project aims at reducing the negative impacts of poverty by promoting an inclusive and empowered society in Gilgit-Baltistan, in which communities participate actively and effectively in development activities.
- 30 Local Support Organisations (LSOs) and 750 Community Groups, Village and Women’s Organisations (V/WOs) will be strengthened, with 750 community activists at all levels receiving training in leadership skills and participatory development.
- 300 Village Development Plans and 30 Union Council Development plans will be developed and 50 Community Social Infrastructure projects will be implemented, benefiting 100,000 people.
- 100 local staff/elected representatives will enhance their capacities to manage development initiatives in a participatory and accountable manner.
Politicians inspired by community-built road.
The tiny village of Markunja has just 150 households and no road of any sort. Due to this, the villagers could not use any machinery to till their 300 fields. It was a place lost in time; work was hard, harvests modest, and the cost and effort of getting crops to market meant their incomes were tiny.
So the Deepening Participatory Governance (DPG) project team prepared a feasibility study and worked out that with the support of the villagers a 1.2 km link road could be built for just EUR 6,000.
At the inauguration ceremony, the commissioner was deeply impressed at how well and inexpensively the road had been built. He agreed to help fund further projects from his annual budget.