Published Date: Jun 5, 2018
MoU signed for research on barani areas
The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Agency for Barani Areas Development (ABAD) here on Monday to promote joint research and enhance knowledge for the purpose of socio-economic development of the barani areas on sustainable basis. Both SDPI and ABAD also agreed to create public awareness through joint advocacy and outreach activities on different themes of rural economy, with particular focus on water related issues, as a means of promoting social development.
Dr Ehtasham Anwar, director general ABAD, and Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, executive director SDPI, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said socio economic development of semi-arid and barani tract remained mired mainly due to lack of access to basic public services and livelihood opportunities. He said SDPI under its Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) research programme conducted similar research and under the agreement, SDPI’s PRISE research team would collaborate with ABAD for joint research initiatives to produce new knowledge about how economic development in semi-arid and barani regions can be made more equitable and resilient.
Dr Ehtasham Anwar said that ABAD is an attached department of Planning and Development Department of the Government of Punjab and is responsible for socio-economic development of Punjab Barani Tract, which is spread over 13 districts of Punjab. Source: https://dailytimes.com.pk/249219/mou-signed-for-research-on-barani-areas/