The National conference on community based inclusive development was organized by the National CBID Network Pakistan on 24th Dec, 2012 at Islamabad. The objective of the Conference was to sensitize the NGO’s, DPO’s and other stakeholders regarding the rights of persons with disabilities and strong networking through experiences sharing and incorporating those in to their policies and programs. This conference was attended by numerous NGO’s, DPO’s and institutions. The organizations working on mainstreaming of persons with disabilities from all the provinces of Pakistan including Azad Jammu Kashmir &GilgitBaltistan also attended.
Dr. Shahnawaz Manumi (National Coordinator CBID Network Pakistan) opened the conference with his welcome speech. After that the correspondents from JICA, WHO, LCDDP, CBM and theirs shared their view regarding CBID and development.
In the opening ceremony Dr. Dawood Khan Chairperson of CHEF International shared his views to replicate that successful practices for promotion of CBID Network and ensure protection of the rights of persons with disabilities. He appreciated the commitment of all the representatives of CBID Network. He said that the leaders of this network are representing Pakistan at International level with great enthusiasm and commitment.
Dr. MarriyamMalick Advisor to World Health Organization (WHO) Pakistan commented regarding establishment of the CBID Network at National level. She further said that this network will provide easy access to the data and progress of various programs for other NGO’s DPOs. It will provide a quick information service at national and international level. Mr. Ajmal Khan from CBM said that his organization will continue support for CBID Network Pakistan and we hope this network will become true
Pakistan because they want to strengthen inclusion of rights holder at all levels. Mr. GhulamNabiNizamani International Coordinator CBID Network Pakistan and Chair Person CBR Asia Pacific Network told about the International developments in CBR Networking. He informed about regional networks and formation of Global CBR Network. He told that the third CBR Asia Pacific Congress will be held in Japan in 2015 and second World CBR congress will be held in Malaysia in 2016.
Prof Dr. Dawood Khan inaugurated the website of CBID Network Pakistan. Dr. Shahnawaz said that this website is not only owned by the CBID Network but is a website of all the members of this network. The members can share and upload their programs, activities, information, reports and pictures.After that awards for appreciation were distributed among all the coordinators and deputy coordinators for their volunteer work of the Network.
In second session representatives of WHO, CBM, LCDDP, JICA and CBID chaired the session. This session was based on panel discussion and the participants shared their quires with the chairing correspondents. The chaired correspondent ensured to be more commitment and dedication for a society for all. In this session the participants realized to make legislation at policy level change by involving the government officials at different levels. The participants viewed to make the network more strengthen and productive. The participants shared their disadvantages, and depravedness in CBID network at their own provincial, district and organizational level.
JICA representative Mr. Ikeda Naoto said that although he belongs to JICA but here he is not representing JICA Pakistan. He said he is working in Pakistan since last twelve years at different positions and at different projects. He said his collaboration with disability movement of Pakistan will remain continue. Mr. Imran Rana from LCDDP said that in recent days we have major achievements especially in livelihood initiatives for people with disabilities in Pakistan. We have recently launched an employment web portal where both job providers and job seekers can be benefitted.
At conclusion session all present provincial coordinators presented their work. Muhammad Shafiq-ur-Rehman the provincial coordinator for Punjab said that this network is a network for all, so despite of expecting from this are should contribute our capacities to make it stronger. It is not only a network to connect with others but it is a movement for all and it should be carried on. Mr. AtifShiekh Deputy International Coordinator CBID expressed his views and said that the aims and objectives of the network are to sensitize people about development for all. In Pakistan, the inclusive development has been started, now things have been changed. It was a time when the issues of Persons with disabilities were discussed by the doctors only. We should play our role to remove the attitudinal barriers; persons with disabilities should contribute a role model contribution. We should focus on our own contributions to change the charity based approach so it needs to bring change in attitude. The other issue is to make the environment accessible and inclusive for all and the at last we should focus on research. He said we are too backward in this side, we should focus on record and bring all our ideas website will provide assistance to bring your ideas into action, and it is the key of implementation. Mr. Muhammad Baqir Haji said that we have successfully launched CBID Network chapter Gilgit and Baltistan with support of CHIP. He said it is very difficult traveling in such a mountainous area but we will overcome on these geographical barriers. He showed his optimism on expansion of CBID network at district level.
Mr. RiazHussain said that we are developing slowly but gradually in Baluchistan and very soon we will launch CBID Network Baluchistan. Mr. Faris Mughal presented their latest achievement of celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2012 at Governor House in Quetta. He said this happened first time in the history of people with disabilities of Baluchistan that they invited by the Governor. Ms. Zahida Hammed deputy national coordinator of CBID Network Pakistan said that we initiated district level chapters of CBID Network Pakistan, we had very good meeting Multan where most of districts from southern Punjab participated. We have also launched “Accessible Pakistan” campaign. Ms. FahminaPuri representative of Pakistan Poverty Elevation fund (PPAF) said that our organization is inclusive and is promoting inclusive approach. As our funding criteria are fixed by our donors so we can only fund those organizations that are meeting with our criteria. We have taken initiative that all those mainstream organizations receiving our funds must include DPOs in their activities and a portion of funds should be given directly to DPOs as these self help organizations may develop and reach to meet with our funding criteria.
At the end of session Dr. Shahnawaz paid his words of thanks to all the guests and participants and especially CBM, Light for the world, PPAF, WHO, LCDDP, Sightsavers, CHIP and Chef International for their kind supportfor the conference and the TOT on CBID and all the other stake holders. He shared the pictorial presentation on formation of CBD Network Pakistan.
We, the representatives of persons with disabilities, their organizations, practitioners on Community-based inclusive development (CBID), government officials, development agencies, donors, International Non- Governmental Organizations and the business sector from all over the Pakistan, in total 120 delegates, participated in the first National Community based Inclusive Development (CBID) Conference, on 24 December 2012 at Islamabad.
We sincerely thank the organizers, and collaborators CBM, LCDDP, PPAF, CHIP & LFTW and Sightsavers Intentional Pakistan.
Also, we acknowledge the efforts made by CBID Network Pakistan, Its Secretariat, Resource Persons and volunteers for making this conference successful.
The following perspectives were shared collectively through the 3-day intensive discussion in capacity building workshop and conference:
In this connection, the following recommendations are made through the proceedings of the conference:
Presented and unanimously adopted at the
First National CBID Conference Pakistan,
24 December 2012 at Islamabad