Supporting Inclusive Development in Azad Jammu and Kashmir

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Context

In Pakistan, the link between communities of rural areas and the government has always been fragile. One of the main objectives of fostering community platforms in this intervention is to bridge the gap between the two sides. This will be done by ensuring that the developmental needs of the communities are heard by government representatives, NGOs, donors and the private sector. Developing the capacities of local communities and government representatives is also one of the focal points of this intervention which will further lead to sustainable development in the target areas.

Objectives

To promote the participation of men and women in development planning by establishing vibrant community organisations and actively engaging with the government in planning and implementation.

Expected Results

  • Community Organisations, Village Organisations, and Local Support Organisations – within villages, at village level and at union council levels respectively – are established/revitalized & strengthened.
  • Basic community and public infrastructure is rebuilt and/or rehabilitated through an inclusive and community-led participatory process.
  • Capacities of local administration and line department staff in target union councils and tehsils are strengthened in community-based planning and implementation.
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When the link road is built, getting to school will be easier.

Community Initiative empowers Akhore Ban

The women’s Community Organisation in Lower Akhore Ban, in AJK, originally formed in 1994 but inactive following displacement caused by the 2011 floods, was revived in July 2014 with representatives from 20 households. Since then they’ve made a significant impact on the community. After some training they developed a community development plan, including both short-term and long-term priorities. The short-term priorities include creating a savings fund to provide microfinance opportunities for rural households, looking to expand self-employment opportunities, planning a drinking water supply scheme, and developing a vocational training centre. The community has also decided to send an application to NRSP via the Village Organisation to rehabilitate a crucial link road that had been badly damaged by recent disasters.

Budget

Total budget: EUR 75,000
EU-contribution: 87%

Additional Information

EU partners 
National Rural Support Programme

Duration 
Project I: Jan 2014 – Jan 2017
Project II: Feb 2015 – Jan 2018


Beneficiaries
Project I: 540,000
Project II: 630,000

Location
73 Union Councils in Haveli, Kotli, Bagh, Sadhnoti and Poonch districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan
“I was restricted to household chores before, but today I am proud to be engaged in the development of my area.” Mrs. Rafiq Dar – President of CO Bagla Kalamula, AJK

Supporting Inclusive Development in AJK- Video


The EU funded rural development programme is supporting the organisation of communities throughout Pakistan. These small organisations are learning to discuss their problems and find solutions. Many have implemented quite ambitious projects. Some of these projects being supported by the PEACE project are the central focus in this documentary. The PEACE project is implemented by SRSP. This short documentary was made by a team from AAJ TV, headed by Syed Talat Hussain, which went to see how this is working.

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