Increasing access to financial and economic development opportunities for the local communities in Mardan, Charsadda and Swabi.
Peshawar, PK – November 26 2014 – AGAHI has initiated a project ‘Creating Economic Opportunities’ to strengthen civil society partnership and build the capacity of local communities for a sustainable growth, strengthening peace and ensuring human dignity by enhancing active participation contributing to socio-economic wellbeing.
The program will focus on a three-pronged strategy in order to create better understanding of economic opportunities for the people in Khyber Pakhtunkwa. The project in its initial phase will develop a framework for practical vocational training with job placement opportunities followed by provided micro-credit consultation and facilitation services to the shortlisted participants interested in small-scale entrepreneurial ventures, which will also include building their capacity on financial management. In an effort to increase awareness, AGAHI will engage the industry practitioners to train journalists on corporate social responsibility in the pretext of human security.
In a meeting with the KPCCI in Peshawar, Founder and President AGAHI, Puruesh Chaudhary, apprised the President and Members on the project objectives and impact. She briefed the members and said “It is in the interest of the local businesses to engage their respective communities for creating common shared values, which can create economic prosperity and social equality. She also expressed her gratitude to Philip Morris Pakistan Limited (PMPKL) for their substantial grant towards supporting communities and improving their quality of life.”
The KPCCI President, Fuad Ishaq said “the Chamber welcomes projects which aims to enhance business productivity and social good for the communities. KPCCI is always there to provide leadership to promote economic growth, professional development and create awareness through the self-determination of our members”. “We believe that AGAHI’s initiatives will help the KPCCI to create and capture opportunity to lead our region to prosperity”, he further added.
Mr. Ishaq ensured support to the local communities and highlighted the need for such development efforts in the Khyber Pakhtunkwa districts. Mr. Ishaq outlined the skills and expertise required in those local communities by producing international quality products benefiting Pakistan’s economy.
The program “Creating Economic Opportunities” intends to increase access to financial and economic resource opportunities to targeted communities in Mardan, Charsadda and Swabi. Vocational training and placement opportunities will be provided in consultation with the Khyber Pakhtunkwa Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KPCCI) by creating a ‘Sarparast Forum’. The project Creating Economic Opportunities’ is supported by Philip Morris Pakistan Limited operating in tobacco growing districts of KPK.
The ‘Sarparast Forum’ will guide communities in order to create small-scale entrepreneurial ventures reducing unemployment. Facilitation for access to micro-credit institutions will also be provided while providing training on management skills, hence improving productivity and efficiency. The journalists trained during the programme on economic opportunity and financial literacy will be encouraged to nominate their best work in Annual Journalism Awards on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
AGAHI is a not for profit organization established in 2011 under the Society Registration Act 1860. Its primary function is to create common shared value through non-paid communication strategies, knowledge platforms, development collaterals and tools for diverse sectors and communities. Agahi has already worked successfully in Khyber Pakhtunkwa and has strong grass root level linkages with communities, CSOs in the area, KPCCI and micro-credit institutions.
AGAHI encourages and advises individuals and institutions in pursuing and support in initiatives to improve the state of development in Pakistan. It works on developmental frameworks facilitating information and knowledge sharing platforms on understanding challenges in global perspective. AGAHI’s research work mainly focuses on development, Information communication technologies, competitiveness, human capital development, and governance. AGAHI in association with several leading national and international partners focuses on creating shared spaces for interactive learning, collaborative thinking and knowledge sharing. The organization is at the forefront of devising foresight research and future scenarios work in Pakistan.