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Merged Areas Development Planning

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has engaged Hamid Sarfraz to propose an economic growth oriented Tribal Decade Strategy (TDS) and the Accelerated Implementation Plan (AIP) in the forestry, environment and wildlife sector for accelerated development in the Merged Areas (erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The assignment also includes developing the institutional mechanisms and a monitoring and evaluation system, and helping the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in projectising the priority actions for effective implementation of TDS and AIP.

Review of Water Governance Domain

The Swiss Confederation, through its Swiss Cooperation Office of the Embassy of Switzerland has engaged the dev~consult to undertake external review of its water governance domain. The assignment entails an overall review of the strategic orientation of the water governance domain in Pakistan, especially Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, using the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria. The review is being undertaken by a team of international and national experts in programme management, water governance, economics, DRR and humanitarian assistance.

Resilience Accelarator

As dev~consult is implementing an urban sector development technical advisory funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Hamid Sarfraz was invited as an expert to the Resilience Accelerator at Singapore. A highly interactive and learning event was organised by the ADB Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) and attended by a large number of policy makers and practitioners of urban development and management in Pakistan. The 3-day event provided an opportunity for the participants from KP and Punjab to relook at the urban development portfolios from the climate change resilience lens. International experts, especially from Singapore, shared their experiences and discussed avenues of collaboration with the participating cities while the participants visited the successful examples of water and sanitation management, and public housing.

The USD 150 million Fund is jointly supported by the governments of UK and Switzerland, and the Rockefeller Foundation; and aims at impacting the life of around 2 million people in 25 cities of 8 countries in Asia, including Pakistan. So far, the cities of Abbottabad, Kohat, Mardan and Peshawar in KP, and Sialkot and Sahiwal in Punjab have been selected for assistance under the Fund.