Talk49 Achieving Inclusive Development through Different Win-Sets in the Kabul River Basin

Tuesday, 24 December, 2019


The Kabul River Basin is important for both Pakistan and Afghanistan; however ineffective (or lack of) institutions and poor governance practices are creating various flow and administration-related challenges for water resource management in the Kabul River Basin (KRB) which can be further exacerbated with worldwide and regional changes in social, political, environmental and economic systems. LEAD Pakistan is pleased to host an interactive session by Dr. Shakeel Hayat who will discuss how four decades of conflict in the KRB and the ideological-based insurgencies have seriously influenced the foreign policies of both Afghanistan & Pakistan which restrict them to solve various bilateral issues including transboundary water issues. Moreover, the talk will elaborate that how lack of cooperation is also a barrier to achieve inclusive & sustainable development. Lastly, the speaker will unveil that to enhance human wellbeing in the KRB it is essential to: (1) Defrost frozen collaboration; (2) Bypass Border Dispute; (3) Use Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Approach; (4) Address Drivers; (5) Remove Contradictions; (6) Combat Resource Limits by Promoting Collaboration; (7) and enhance Knowledge & Dialogue on Inclusive Development.

Dr. Shakeel Hayat has diverse work experience in research, policy analysis & development practice with a multitude of national & organizations in water governance, climate change, clean energy, and disaster risk reduction. He has done MSc in Climate Change & International Development from the University of East Anglia, UK. He holds a PhD in International Development from the University of Amsterdam and wrote thesis on “Inclusive Development & Multilevel Transboundary Water Governance - the Kabul River”.

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