Sustainable Development

PRASDO work with some of the most underprivileged communities in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan; responding to emergencies, improving access to quality health and education, creating livelihood opportunities and working closely with communities and government departments to promote human rights, peace and security.

PRASDO is initiating wide-range of projects on education, primary health and community development; aiming towards poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Projects will focus on primary education and adult literacy particularly for women, primary health care (preventive and curative), clean water supply & sanitation, and community physical infrastructure in FATA & KPK. PRASDO is conducting baseline surveys and develops village plans in consultation with local communities.

Sustainable Development may be defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generation to meet their own needs” In other words sustainable development means development of those resources which fulfil needs of the present population and also sustain for the next generation and so on. The main thematic area of sustainable development is climate change due to which whole world is suffering and Pakistan’s case is well-known. We can take the example of 2010 torrential floods in which 18 million people suffered. It played havoc and due to that calamity hundreds of thousands of people were marooned and inundated.

It is a human condition and also has a direct relation with environment. If there is poverty and illiteracy in the country then it will be a hurdle in the way of sustainable development. If people of a country are poor, they will not be well aware. Always, people who are well-off they are also well aware. Pakistan is the sixth largest populous country of the world and according to the State Bank of Pakistan in its 2009 annual report of economy, 62 million population of Pakistan was fallen below poverty line. After poverty the second largest hurdle in the way of sustainable development in Pakistan is unrest from which people are suffering since very long. Continuous deteriorating law and order situation across the country especially in Karachi, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is not hidden from anyone. Devil forces and terrorists are playing with the lives of the innocent people in these areas.

Our country mainly depends on agriculture sector, approximately 70 per cent of its income comes from agriculture and 80 per cent of working women are attached with agricultural work in Pakistan. There is need to make aware and to educate them about this important matter and to bring them in decision making process. If we bring them in this process, they will perform a very significant role. It is said that “in the formation of “Climate Change Policy Document” there was no participation of women in this policy oriented document. There is need to work on this. To bring awareness among the masses, media can also play an important role about the issue. For example smoke emits from brick kilns, factories, mills and from vehicles polluting the air. In rural areas people use kerosene oil and wood as fuel to cook food etc. 

Smoke emits from kerosene oil it emits carbon and thus adds in pollution. Factories and industrial units emit chemical water and throw it in rivers and canals. Farmers use that canal water for their lands and this water is affecting the fertility of the fertile lands and deforestation is increasing. Media can aware people if we cut forests then air will be more polluted and chemical water weakening the fertility of the land and thus we are doing injustice with ourselves and for our next generations.

Efforts are needed to provide better living facilities to the people, to provide them clean drinking water and to provide them better education. In this regard more and more educational institutions should be set up in the rural areas especially in FATA, KPK and other parts of the country. There is also a need to devise a strong strategy for law and order situation in Karachi and Balochistan and extremism in KPK and FATA  where people are suffering for years.

Moreover, there is a common habit among us is we blame our leadership and other people for all wrong doings. Contrary to this we ourselves are equally responsible to bring change from the grass root level. Leaders come from us and they are human beings. So, we will have to take step on self help basis, we have to bring change especially women and youth have to come forward. Human condition of life cannot be improved if women and youth are not the focus of it and communities not involved.