ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Aug 27 (PNS) - The Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan (AKFP)] is hosting a two-day workshop to identify key applicable practices, opportunities, approaches and challenges on how public-private partnership can contribute to sustainable social development and a stronger synergy between the government and civil society in Pakistan.
The workshop, to be held on August 27-28, and entitled "Understanding Public-Private Partnership for Sustainable Development in Pakistan," will assist in finding out the prevailing nature of civil society-government relations, enhanced understanding and a way forward. This AKF(P) initiative is being taken under its Social Institutions Development Programme (SIDP), supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Representatives from all levels of government, leaders from civil society, academia, heads of development agencies and! donor agencies will participate. Practitioners from organisations such as Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan.
The World Conservation Union, the Rural Support Programmes and Taraqee Foundation will share their experiences and challenges at the workshop. Mr. Rolando Bahamondes, Counsellor and Head of Aid, Canadian High Commission will be the chief guest and the keynote speaker.
The sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Adil Najam, a renowned professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, USA, who has written extensively on development and environment policy in developing countries with a particular focus on civil society. Dr. Najam is a recipient of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Goodwin Medal for Excellence in Teaching, and the Emerging Scholar Award of the Association for Non-profit and Voluntary Association (ARNOVA).
AKF(P), established in 1969, is a branch of the Aga Khan Foundation, which is committed to supporting disadvantaged communities irrespective of race, gender, religious affiliation or political persuasion. The organisation aims to promote an effective change in social sector development in Pakistan by working with a host of partner agencies seeking to involve communities in the development process.