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.
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.
The dev~consult is a unique client‐centric partnership of individuals and consulting practices taking forward the philosophy of collective wisdom but individual niches. It has partnerships with some of excellent professionals and small to medium organisations with decades of experience in their area of expertise. We, together, aim to cover diverse aspects of sustainable development including policy and governance; strategy design and execution; biodiversity and natural resource management; environmental and social safeguards; research, evaluation and impact assessment; social mobilisation and gender mainstreaming; communication and knowledge management; health systems research and management; climate change; sustainable urban development; information technology for development; and programme implementation support.
The dev~consult offers full range of solutions for short, medium- and long-term initiatives through individual consulting and/or panel expertise. Planned and executed jointly, the effort is led by the most relevant partner. Owing to its flexible structure, the dev~consult has number of affiliates and associates throughout the country as well as around the world who provide their professional assistance on need basis. It has also partnered with a few organisations having global footprint and established credentials.
The dev~consult, by design, operates in a low‐overhead mode acquiring the best expertise and logistical resources on need basis to maintain its swiftness in decision-making and cost effectiveness. Believing in virtual workspace, its office is equipped with basic operational facilities and has efficient working arrangements with a wide network of service providers for technical and operational assistance, making its operations efficient and cost‐effective.
The dev~consult is registered as a Partnership Firm in Pakistan, and is also registered with the number of international clients. The dev~consult is also part of the OECD’s Global Coalition for Good Water Governance, and a member of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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