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1. Linking Nodes for Synergic Effect

The sustainability and impact of any development initiative are enhanced if the power of networks is brought into play. LEAD has successfully created, managed and strengthened at least 10 different networks of people and organizations for synergy and mutual learning. These networks have engaged more than 2,000 professionals from 100 national and international organizations from all the sectors. They constitute an important pool of volunteer expertise that is extended to LEAD family.

Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) project is a prime example of LEAD’s collaboration with national, regional and international partners to foster knowledge sharing and learning. CDKN links 60 developing countries with leading climate and development experts and allows them to commission and share knowledge on tackling the climate change effects. 

2. Coloring Dreams for Augmented Reality

LEAD has actively and regularly been participating at different international forums. We have provided important inputs to international negotiations on hot development issues and even facilitated policy makers and local organizations to better participate in the high profile international meetings and conferences. The main objective is to help shape the international development agenda for sustainable development with a pro-poor, equitable and futuristic approach. Some notable examples of LEAD’s proactive role include:

  • LEAD held a side event titled “Leadership and Climate Change” in December, 2007 during COP13 in Bali. A panel of recognized leaders presented their perspectives on the kind of leadership that is needed to achieve timely and critical action on a range of climate change issues to be addressed by both developed and developing countries. Since the Bali COP, LEAD has actively participated in all the COPs as the civil society representative from Pakistan to share the Pakistan experience and contribute in the negotiations.
  • LEAD held a regional training session in Hanoi, Vietnam in April 2012 as a side event of the 6th international Community Based Adaptation (CBA-6) conference to improve the understanding of LEAD associates of the design and implementation of CBA plans.
  • LEAD facilitated the participation of 21 Community based organization representatives, district government officials, climate experts and journalists for the International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA8) 25-30th April 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Tahir Rasheed from LEAD Pakistan co-chaired a parallel session on ‘Evidence of Effectiveness’.
  • LEAD in collaboration with the Oversees Development Institute (ODI) delivered a session on how to integrate the HFA2 and SDGs frameworks at the 11th Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) meeting on Disaster Management in Myanmar in April 2014.
  • In March 2015, LEAD held a side event in Sandei, Japan as the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was in Progress. The event highlighted the South Asian perspectives on the implementation of the new version of Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA2) and identified new opportunities for financing for the region under the framework.

3. Empowering People to Do the Right Things

  • The Solid Waste Management Project in Hazara Town, Quetta developed a purely community managed mechanism for solid waste collection and disposal.
  • Empowering indigenous Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) for Wildlife Conservation in Chitral project created an ICCA network and conducted knowledge sharing workshops for building linkages of ICCAs at the regional level.
  • Climate Leadership for Effective Adaptation and Resilience project undertook 30 micro-adaptation projects through communities and CSOs, in coordination with local Government for increasing the adaptive capacities of local communities.
  • Brighter Entrepreneurs: Improving Livelihoods project used localized, bottom-up approach and provided solar lanterns to female entrepreneurs in the remote villages of Rajanpur to improve the socio-economic well-being of their families.
  • The LAPA project focused on inaccessible rural communities, presently excluded from participating in development programmes and increased their capacity to implement climate change adaptations and protect their livelihoods.  
  • Green Leadership capacity building project developed a 10 member Green Leadership group in Badin comprising district government, district administration, business sector, media, academia and civil society.  

4. Transforming Characters into Role Models

LEAD’s leadership model has shaped its fellows as change agents to contribute in their respective fields and bring impact in the lives of others. Some of them have also been recognized nationally and internationally. For instance:

  • Aftab Rana has received Commonwealth Asia Award for Excellence in Youth Work and Government of Pakistan’s Better Pakistan-2010 Excellence Award in the field of Tourism.
  • Ahmad Rafay Alam was selected as a Yale World Fellow 2014. Alam has become a mouthpiece on environmental law and urban development issues in Pakistan.
  • Ayaz Latif Palijo has been on the national scene as human rights activist and politician and is currently an assertive voice as the President of Awami Tahreek and Founder of Sindh Progressive Nationalist Alliance (SPNA).
  • Dr. Amena Hasan has been awarded “Yanzhao Friendship Award” by the Hebei Provincial Government of China for her services rendered as a Foreign Expert.
  • Hammad Naqi Khan has been nominated as the Director General of WWF Pakistan owing to his excellent work in the areas of environment, biodiversity and nature.
  • Hassan Zaidi has been nominated as a 'Global Leader for Tomorrow' in the Media by the World Economic Forum in 2003
  • Huma Mustafa Beg has established Serendip Productions an award winning communications company for the development sector.
  • Malik Amin Aslam is currently the Global Vice President of IUCN. He has served as the Minister of State for Environment from 2004-07. He has also been the lead author for Pakistan National Sustainable Development Strategy (2012).
  • Munir Ahmed has received numerous awards in environmental communication such as OSA Award for culture 1992, NDMA Humanitarian Reporting Award 2011 and Lok Virsa Award 2011
  • Nafisa Shah has become the member of Pakistan’s National Assembly.
  • Shabina Faraz has received Agahi Award for her excellence journalistic stories on environment and development.
  • Syed Mehmood Nasir has been elevated as Inspector General of Forests in the Ministry of Climate Change at the apex of his career.
  • Usman Qazi wrote 'Social Assessment of Water Scarcity in Baluchistan to receive UNDESA award.

5. Flipping Challenges into Opportunities

Much of LEAD’s work in climate change, disaster management and urban resilience is directed to enable the government, private sector and communities in identification of the potential opportunities unfolded by these challenges. LEAD has produced knowledge and capacity building outputs for Pakistan’s policy makers and negotiators and guided them on the enormous opportunities available under climate finance. More specifically, the following initiatives were taken to facilitate the policy makers in designing a proper response to newer challenges.

  1. LEAD conducted a research for NDMA to identify the priority areas for actions on gender related disaster risk reduction and climate change as per the National Disaster Management Plan (2012-22) interventions.
  2. The Ministry of Climate Change has been facilitated to develop Pakistan’s INDCs.
  3. For PDMA, climate compatible construction guidelines have been developed for the design and development of disaster resilient model villages.
  4. South Asia’s first Heat Health Plan has been developed and implemented in Ahmedabad, India by LEAD Pakistan and CDKN. The plan has many lessons for Pakistan and other regional countries.
  5. LEAD launched IPCC’s SREX and AR 5 reports in Pakistan.
  6. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is being facilitated for preparation of provincial climate change policy.
  7. LEAD collaborated with the Planning Commission, IFPRI, ADB and PWP to organize National level Water Summit on 20th of March 2014 that delivered a policy road map for the effective development and management of Pakistan’s water resources.

6. Bringing Change in Social Syntax

  • With LEAD’s intervention, Bhit Rural Support Program was transformed and renamed as ‘Bhit Rural Sustainability Program (BRSP)’. The project ensured sustainability of the development process in the area, which is one of the poorest and underdeveloped in Sindh Province.
  • The OW project identified that lifestyle and behavioral changes are required as a public health strategy to avoid climate induced health issues and reduce public expenditure on health.
  • Risk transfer and sharing tools are not widely accepted in Pakistan due to cultural restrictions and institutional capacity issues. LEAD has conducted research to identify mechanism for its wider take up by the government and financial institutions and the society at large. The government of Pakistan has started its health insurance scheme under Benazir Income Support Program.
  • LEAD is working with the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms to mainstream climate compatible development in Pakistan’s vision 2025 and other policy documents and plans.
  • LEAD is facilitating the lawmakers in Pakistan to have a proper understanding of the international development agenda that is emerging in the form of SDGs. The parliament’s standing committees were briefed about the effect of climate change on Pakistan’s ability to achieve SDGs in a special meeting in the Parliament House in June, 2015.