The project duration was seven month and geographical coverage of District D.I.Khan, Tank and Lakki Marwat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In order to achieve the targets for this intervention and ensure the registration of unregistered women, the field staff and volunteers paid visits of target communities. The community meetings were being held in which the members from respective community were given complete introduction of the project and objectives of the projects. Corners meetings with local leaders and influential helped to identify the activists and unregistered women from among target communities. Community elders and leaders meetings provided support to mobilize the communities in term of listing and then mobilizing the unregistered women for NICs. Engagement meetings with various stakeholders at district and community level helped to raise support for women’s NICs and voter registration. General coordination meeting with relevant stakeholders including local ECP staff, NADRA staff, DEVCs and local government representative further strengthen the efforts of organization to coordinate with communities and ensured the registration of unregistered women. Overall efforts were focusing to mobilized women and community members for facilitation.
The project was designed to engage community members, influential, local representatives, district administration, artists and media person to promote local culture. As the culture provides grounds for brotherhood, harmony and tolerance so, its revival is vital to combat terrorism, militancy and bring people together. The RICH project facilitates artist and locals to express their skills in their respective fields and earn the accolades. Moreover, the cultural bonds bridge the gaps among common folks and bring them on one page. In this project, Literary Circles, Traditional Games, Handwork/Handicrafts Exhibition of local Artisans, Folk Music/Hujray Mehfil, Folk Dance, Gorha Naach (Horse Dance), Interactive Theatre, Capacity building Training will be organized aiming to mobilize the youth and locals through above activities and revival of culture will be focused. The following activities will be implemented in four (04) months;
- Folk Music/Hujra Mehfil x 2 x 2 tehsil = 4
- Interactive Theatre x 2 x 2 tehsil = 4
- Literary circle x 4 x 2 tehsil = 8
- Cultural Jirgas x 2 x 2 tehsil = 4
- Gorha Naach x 1 x 2 tehsil = 2
- Capacity building training x 2 x 2 tehsil = 4
- Art and crafts festival x 1 x 2 tehsil = 2
- Traditional games of kabdaddi etc. x 3 x 2 tehsil =6
- Handicraft Exhibition x 2 x 2 tehsil = 4
The project consists of four main components; these components were: 1) Mobilization of Project Resources, 2) Identification and Training of Activists and Youth Volunteers 3) Advocacy on Identified Issues. In order to implemented core project activities, the HDO was engaged a cohort of activists and youth volunteers. The project staff, district level reforms groups and youth volunteers were trained on how to implement the project. Project staff was trained in the programmatic, operational and financial aspects of project management and implementation, whereas the reforms groups and youth volunteers were trained separately on how to carry out specific a project activities’. Each component and its respective activities were detailed below.
- Training of Project Staff;
- Recruitment and training of District Electoral Reforms Groups (DERG);
- Training of DERG Member;
- Engagement with district level leadership;
- Engagement with Provincial and National Legislator;
- Media Briefings;
- Convention at District Level;
- Public Seminars (Universities and Colleges);
- Public Forums;
- Meeting with District ECP Officials;
- Meeting with members of the delimitation commission member; and
- Meeting with office bearers of the political parties.
District Tank has been afflicted by sectarian conflict and militant unrest and this has adversely affected the psycho-social fabric of the area. It has a negative impact on the youth of the area by depriving them of educational, recreational and developmental opportunities and pushing them toward damaging societal tendencies. HDO implemented a project with the support Governor Special Development Program (GSDP) in District Tank. The grant was designed to support the youth communities of District Tank through engaging 240 selected youth (140 males and 100 females) from 16 Union Councils of District Tank and providing them with peace building, leadership training, exposure visits of provincial and national assembly and organizing youth forum.
The trainings on Peace Building and Leadership were conducted, aiming to prepare the youth as future leadership and imparting the skills of analysing the issues and then approaching appropriate forum to resolve it. The role of legislators and Provincial Assembly Peshawar and National Assembly Islamabad were also shared with them. The exposure visits has verified the learning in the training workshops. The participants got the knowledge about the role of leadership and the process of decision-making. The visits have helped to enhance their understanding and now the youth can perform their role in efficient manners. The forums were planned to share the learning from this intervention. The presence of representatives of Government Line Departments has given an opportunity to the male and female youth to directly interact and share their issues. The participants shared their experiences and learning and then representatives from different departments shared their views and offered whatever support they can provide for carrying this zeal forward. The media persons observed the activity and covered it in their respective medium.
The intervention has helped to develop the role of youth as leaders of the future. The youth have learnt the skills for facilitating peace and performing their roles as young leaders. The learned skills have enabled the youth to identify the issues which are hindered peace within their society and how these will be mitigated. The trained groups would work for bringing about a positive change in their respective communities.