Mainstreaming the marginalized by investing in human development and community empowerment
Aims and Objectives
The Project has set forth for itself some clearly specified aims and objectives:
- At a broader level, the initiative aims at engaging with socially and economically marginalized communities in Karachi city for building capacity for self help and human development leading to improved livelihoods
- The initiative specifically aims at empowering women by building capacity for livelihood support and investing in health and education
- A critical focus is aimed at the children and youth with prioritizing interventions for improved health, education, and skills enhancement
- Improving income generation through value addition in existing livelihoods or in building capacity and access to alternative livelihoods and promotion of entrepreneurship
- Women empowerment with skills enhancement and improved education and health
- Empowered child for future sustainability by investing in education, health and skills enhancement
Modes of Action
The following modes of action will be utilized for project interventions:
- Action Research
- Networking and Collaboration
The project would place a strong focus on research and documentation – applied to the pre and post intervention phases. Communities for focus would be documented through conducting surveys, discussions and consultations and all the interventions would be based on careful assessment of community needs and aspirations to ensure sustainability and community ownership of the proposed engagements. The interventions as they phase out will also be documented and assessed with reference to pre-designed indicators for success. This will be important both in terms of continued monitoring and evaluation but also for flagging critical lessons learnt during the process
Networking and Collaboration
A very important consideration would be with networking and forging collaborations with key stakeholders – civil society, academia, government and the private sector. Partnerships may be created or work outsourced for greater value addition in project interventions and also for facilitating replication.
Networks would also be utilized for advocacy work aimed at influencing key stakeholders for action and also for raising awareness. This would be done through seminars, workshops, training sessions, publications and documentaries etc.
Farhan Anwar did his Bachelors in Civil Engineering and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. His portfolio includes urban sustainability planning, smart cities, public policy, climate adaptation, urban resilience, institutional strengthening and change management. Anwar served as an Urban Reforms Consultant to the World Bank from 2006-2013. He has also extended consulting services to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), WWF Pakistan and several prominent Pakistani consulting firms. Anwar is a Member, Provincial National Climate Change Policy Implementation Committee, Government of Sindh. Anwar is also a Member, IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and the Standing Committee on Environment – Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI).
He presently serves as a Visiting Faculty at the Indus Valley School of Arts & Architecture, Karachi, where he teaches Bachelors Course in Architecture on Urban Theories and Urban Open Space Design. He is also a Visiting Faculty, at the Department of Architecture & Planning, NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi – teaching Human Development in the Bachelors Course on Development Studies. Anwar is the Lead Author of the Sanitation Strategy, Government of Sindh and the Author of Pakistan’s National Strategy and Action Plan for the Mangroves of the Future Regional Program. He has a number of publications to his credit and contributes a weekly column – Elasti-cities focused on urban planning, environment, and development issues of Karachi City in the Express Tribune Newspaper.
Sameer Tanvir Beg is a Manager Marketing by profession. Since last 16 years he has been associated with different NGO’s and Welfare organizations, helping them organize fund raisers, awareness seminars, donation drives etc. Back in 2007 he initiated a very innovative project ‘Mera Mustakbil’, in which he provided his office janitorial staff with basic education in order to help them get a better chance at oppurtunities in future.