CHITRAL, 16 Sep 06: A two day Multi Stakeholder Development Forum (MSF) was held in Booni, arranged by Biyar Local Support Organisation (BLSO), in coordination with Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP). The ceremony was presided over by Shahzada Sikandarul Mulk Tehsil Nazim Mastuj, while General Manger of AKRSP Izhar Ali Hunzai was chief guest on the occasion. The forum, fourth in the series of such fora in Chitral, aims to bring together all the local development stakeholders in order to discuss the local development issues and suggest short and long term strategies. The forum was attended by the local communities, LSO representatives, local women and village organisations representatives, local government representatives, line-department officials, AKDN and other NGO professionals and religious leaders as well as a panel of Hindukush Journalist Forum.
Tehsil Nazim, Mastuj, Sikandar ul Mulk addressed the gathering on the occasion, and appreciated the efforts of AKRSP Chitral in uplifting the social and economic conditions of local people. He hoped that AKRSP will continue guiding the local people and building their capacity to enable them avail the emerging development opportunities. BLSO board member, Ali Ahmed introduced BLSO, and briefed about its achievements in providing social sector services to people of Biyar area.
The participants were divided into nine groups around nine themes, managed by a resource person and a facilitator, who came from relevant professional fields. The themes included institutional development, poverty, social sector services, public private partnership, post-Lawari scenario, natural resource management, investment and employment, energy and infrastructure development and role of women in development. Each group came up with detail presentations on their assigned themes, which they presented to the participants next day. These presentations will be documented into development plan for the BLSO with technical support of AKRSP.