RSPN announces Young Development Professionals’ program

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The Rural Support Program Network (RSPN), as part of its M&E, RSPN component of SUCCESS aims to engage recent graduates as Young Development Professionals (YDPs) who have a passion to understand Community Driven Development (CDD) approach of RSPs and contribute to empowerment of rural women in Sindh. The YDPs will be engaged with M&E teams of the implementing RSPs and M&E team of RSPN for conducting qualitative and quantitative surveys and for assisting in data analysis and report writing.
Eligibility and Skills Required:
– Recent university graduates with a degree in social sciences; preferably have taken courses in economics,
development science or business analytics
– Willing and able to conduct extensive field work in Sindh to collect data collection
– Have good writing skills in English and/or Sindhi.
– Possess data analysis skills and a good command on MS Office especially MS Excel or any other statistical
analysis tools e.g STATA and SPSS preferred
Duration: 03 months with a possible extension for 6 months depending on the performance of the YDP and availability of work.
Note: The YDPs will be provided a two days training prior to start of their tasks, are paid monthly stipend and experience certificate upon satisfactory completion and approval of tasks by the Programme Manager.
Application Deadline: Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV at hr@rspn.org.pk by July 18th, 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview.

TAKE THE QUIZ: HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE SDGS?

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New projects to be included in GB under CPEC

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GILGIT (monitoring desk/Dawn/CPEC center): The 8th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting of the CPEC has decided to include two hydropower projects, a women university, cancer and cardiac hospitals, a medical college and a logistics hub in Gilgit-Baltistan, besides establishing a special economic zone (SEZ) in Maqpoondas area of Gilgit under the multibillion dollar project.

Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman was also scheduled to attend the JCC meeting held in Beijing from Dec 18 to 20, but he declined to attend it since AJK prime minister, and chief ministers of Punjab, KP and Balochistan were not participating in it. GB secretary planning and development Babar Aman Babar and a representative of GB Board of Investment attended the meeting.

Talking to Dawn, Mr Babar said the JCC had, for the first time, decided to include a 100MW hydropower project near Karakoram International University in Gilgit, an 80MW hydropower project in Phander area of Ghizer and other such projects in the region. The power projects will provide electricity in the shortest possible time and will be of immense benefit to boost tourism, he added.

He said that an SEZ would be executed in Maqpoondas area by the Chinese companies.

The official said six sectors in GB identified for socioeconomic development would be funded under the CPEC, including agriculture, poverty alleviation, technical capacity building, education, health and water supply.

The China will provide grant for these projects, he said, adding in the first phase, dollar 300 million had been set aside by the Chinese government.

The secretary planning and development said the Gilgit-Shandur road had also been included in CPEC and its feasibility had almost been finalised by the NHA. This road will have great impact upon the lives and livelihoods of the people of Ghizer district, he added.

Mr Babar said remaining portions of Thakot-Raikot road, specially the portion between Dasu and Raikot, would be rehabilitated through Chinese grant.

He added that an alternative road was being constructed above the present road which would be submerged once the Diamer-Bhasha Dam was built.

This will make the journey comfortable for the residents of GB visiting Islamabad by road, especially during winter, he explained. He said that it had been decided to make the Khunjerab and Babusar passes all-weather for which proper feasibilities would be conducted. The Babusar Pass will be made all-weather by constructing an underground tunnel to make it travel worthy during winter season, he added.

The GB secretary planning and development said in near future, the expressway between Hassan Abdal (Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway) and Thakot would be completed, which will be a great gift for the people of GB as the distance and time to travel between Gilgit and Islamabad would be greatly reduced after this initiative.

 

Planning Commission of Pakistan announces Young Development Fellowship 2019

Planning Commission of Pakistan has announced Young Development Fellows Program for the year 2019. The detail of the YDFP 2019 is as under .

Young Development Fellows Program Batch 5 announced .

Eligibility Criteria :

  • Between 18-30 Years of Age
  • Hold PHD/Master/ Professional Degree from a recognized from a local in the fields mentioned below
  • Preferably, some relevant professional experience related to development or continued academic study at doctoral level
  • has not joined first four batches of YDFP

Fields

  • Economic and Finance
  • Social Sector
  • Energy
  • Science & Technology / ICT
  • Water resources
  • Governance and Public Policy
  • Industrial Development
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Food and Culture
  • Climate Change

Age Limit : 18 to 30 Years

Job’s Location : Islamabad , Pakistan

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Apply Online : (Click Here)

How to Apply Online YDF Programme 2018

  • Visit Planning Commission of Pakistan Website or Click Here
  • Fill online Application Form and enter all details .
  • When you have completed all the steps , Click submit button . Your application will be submitted successfully.

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Plan International shuts down its operations in Pakistan

Plan Pakistan recently shut down its operations in Pakistan. We are sharing the ending note which was published on their official website.

“After more than 2 decades of working in Pakistan, Plan International has stopped operating in the country following orders from the Government of Pakistan.

Plan International’s work in Pakistan directly benefited 26 million people in over 29,000 communities.

Plan International is deeply saddened to announce that it has shut down operations in Pakistan after more than 2 decades of development work in the country, following the Government of Pakistan’s orders.

Through a letter issued on 2 October 2018, the Ministry of Interior instructed Plan International to wind up operations in the country within 60 days. The letter was in response to an appeal filed by the organisation in December 2017 after its registration application was turned down by the government. No reason was provided for the rejection.

We understand that several other international NGOs in Pakistan have also been asked to shut down their operations in the country.

IMPACT ON CHILDREN

We are extremely concerned about the impact this will have on communities, particularly hundreds of thousands of children, that Plan International supported through its development work. We are also very sad about the impact the decision has had on our own staff – who are all Pakistani nationals.

Plan International started operations in Pakistan in 1997 and was supporting over 1.6 million children across the country through its various programmes. At the time of closure, the organisation had over 25,000 sponsored children in the country and an operating budget of more than €8.3 million with 202 full-time staff.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

During more than 2 decades of operations in Pakistan, Plan International invested €160 million in its work which directly benefitted 26 million people in over 29,000 communities.

Our key achievements in Pakistan have been:

  • Providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services. Because of our work in this area 9 million people now live in open defecation free communities.
  • Responding to the needs of children during disasters, including the establishment of 16,000 emergency camps.
  • Supporting 1.9 million children to get birth certificates.
  • Ensuring equal access to quality education for all children. This included rehabilitating 964 schools and training over 4,200 teachers.
  • Supporting young people to learn key skills and get good jobs. As part of this work we provided over 4,000 young people with vocational training and over 3,000 with microfinance resources.
  • Training nearly 2,000 community health workers as part of our programmes to improve children’s health.

The government directive says that Plan International can reapply for registration with a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) after 6 months. The details on the process and the time it will take are currently unavailable.

Plan international will continue to take a keen interest in Pakistan – particularly on development issues that affect marginalised populations. We remain optimistic about our return to the country one day, so we can restart our work with vulnerable children, especially girls. ”

 

SDPI’s Twenty-first Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) & 10th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES)

 

Poster Design FThe Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-first Sustainable Development Conference (SDC). The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is ‘Corridors of Knowledge for Peace and Development’. The Eleventh South Asia Economic Summit (SAES XI), which is being hosted by SDPI in Islamabad this year, will also coincide with the SDC. The joint mega-events will be held from 4 – 7 December 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

PM Imran Khan chairs meeting of the Economic Advisory Council in Islamabad

November 26, 2018 (Islamabad): Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired meeting of the Economic Advisory Council in Islamabad on Sunday.

IKAccording to a press release issued by the PM Office, the PM approved the policy recommendations for a Medium Term Structural Reform Framework of the Economy. Prime Minister Imran Khan also approved a Social Protection Framework to ensure the vulnerable segments of the society are protected. The comprehensive social protection framework aims at overcoming the challenges of poverty, health, stunted growth, education and enabling the youth realize their potential and extricate themselves out of generational poverty traps.

The meeting was briefed on the policy recommendations for Mobilizing Finance for Development, Enhancing Exports & Strengthening SMEs, Tax Reforms, Job Creation Impact of Major Policy Actions and Social Protection Priorities in Pakistan, in the light of the deliberated proposals of the working groups of the Economic Advisory Council.

The policy recommendations were finalized to focus on acceleration of underutilized areas including Agriculture, Housing, Small & Medium Enterprises in terms of incentives, reliance on export oriented and labour intensive growth, reversal of anti-export bias, enhanced system automation and use of technology, transparency in trade regime, facilitating importers, job creation through skill development, ease of doing business through business friendly environment while focusing on productivity and moving on technology sophistication.

Minister for Finance Mr. Asad Umar, Minister for Planning Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Adviser to PM Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Syed Saleem Raza, Former Governor State Bank, Dr. Naved Hamid, Professor at Lahore School of Economics, Mr. Sakib Sherani, Economist, Dr. Faisal Bari, Associate Professor at LUMS, Dr. Asad Zaman, VC Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Dr. Abid Qayyum Sulehri, ED Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Governor State Bank Mr. Tariq Bajwa, Secretary Finance Mr. Arif Ahmad Khan, Advisor/Executive Director General (IERU) Dr. Khaqan Hassan Najeeb and other senior officials were present during the meeting.