Supporting Inclusive development through community-government capacity building and partnership in four districts of Azad Jammu Kashmir

Context

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

Project Objective

To foster and strengthen networks of community institutions (COs/VOs/LSOs) and building their capacities to interact effectively with local authorities and other development actors for supporting inclusive development.

Project Results

  • Established/revitalized & strengthened COs at sub-village, VOs at revenue village and LSOs at union council levels
  • Basic community and public infrastructure is rebuilt, rehabilitated and/or newly constructed through an inclusive and community-led participatory process
  • Capacities of local administration and line department staff in targeted UCs and tehsils are strengthened in community-based planning and implementation processes
  • LSOs advocating for better management and implementation of public services and policies

Project Duration

3 Years (February, 2015 – January, 2018)

Project Budget

Euro 860,345(EU-Contribution: 87.7%)

Project Beneficiaries

105,163 households of 42 targeted Union Councils in Bagh, Kotli, Poonch, Sudhnuti districts covering total population of 715,586. Community platforms will be formed and beneficiaries will be facilitated with community capacity building trainings, community infrastructure schemes, skills enhancement of government staff and sustainable developmental collaboration with line departments of local government.