The Kasur MawaKhat Program- Panel Discussion

The Kasur MawaKhat Program is a joint initiative by Akhuwat and Dunya Foundation that focuses on participatory development to provide support to rural communities through social mobilization and self-empowerment. To scale-up the program and familiarize the corporate sector with the work KMP has done so far and take the suggestions of the audience on how to make it better, a panel discussion session was arranged at the University of Central Punjab.

Mian Amer Mehmood, Chairman Dunya Foundation, welcomed the audience and explained the ideology behind the Mawakhat program stating, “We, Dunya Foundation and Akhuwat, worked at the idea we dreamed about and some improvement can be seen. We want more people to follow our steps to make Pakistan a better place for everyone alike.”

Dr. Amjad Saqib moderated the panel discussion and spoke about the various key initiatives being completed under the Kasur Mawakhat Program and how the young generation is a beacon of hope in taking this project forward.

The panelists for the session included:

Ms. Shandana Khan who applauded the KMP initiative and put forward three suggestions:

  1. The scale is the key: Involvement of the government to take the program forward
  2. Humanitarian values over religious values
  3. Starting Community Value Funds in villages

Dr. Yasmeen Rashid talked about various government programs launched for the development of rural areas of Pakistan highlighting the two focal areas of work; health facilities and education stating a healthy body with an educated mind can go a long way becoming much capable of fighting its own battles.

Mr. Javaid Ahmed Malik discussed the KMP progress under the light of his book “Transforming Villages” and how to tailor the government structure to incorporate it with the rural support programs.

Dr. Rasool Bakhsh Raees highlighted the three key players namely; the private sector, the public sector, and the civil sector and their part in improving the poverty rate metrics of Pakistan.

Mr. Agha Ali Javaid suggested for all RSPs and KMP to incorporate the idea of Community Investment Funds for sustainable development.

The panel discussion was followed by a question-answer session from the audience.

The keynote speaker for the panel discussion was Mr. Shoiab Sultan Khan who enlightened the audience with valuable lessons from his working experience and emphasized on two suggestions that his mentor Mr. Akhtar Hameed Khan always emphasized upon:

  1. Unity among the poor
  2. The nomination of a leader from among the group based on competence and honesty

He ended the speech by remembering the valuable lessons learned directly from Akhtar Hameed Khan and praising Mian Amir Mehmood and Dr. Amjad Saqib Khan on their commendable efforts towards change in the truest sense.

Mian Amer Mehmood closed the session with a vote of thanks to the speakers and the audience emphasizing the crux of the discussion raised by all panelists: i.e. the involvement of local governments in the betterment of the people. 

Event dates: 14rd December, 2019