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Draft action plan for CBID Network Pakistan 2015

Community Based Inclusive Development Network Pakistan An Action Plan for CBID Network Pakistan for 2015 – 2018

Sightsavers’ vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where visually impaired people participate equally in society.

We are an international organisation working with partners in developing countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people.

Sightsavers has been proactively supporting Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Pakistan since 2002. It is working through the Disabled People Organizations and different networks and alliances to strengthen the voice of disability movement in country. It is supporting the country leading three DPOs in the organizational development, communications, leadership and governance under their program. It successfully introduced ‘Inclusive Development’ approach at the community grassroots level in 2008 by ensuring participation and involvement of Persons with diverse disabilities in local decision making processes at household levels and Union Council and Tehsil/ District level.

Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Network Pakistan, formally launched in 2011, is one of the vibrant network in country that has worked well in bringing together the DPOs and NGOs/ INGOs working/ supporting the cause of disability, World Health Organization and others to one platform to work together in a cost effective and comprehensive manner to bring a good change in society. The CBID Network Pakistan, in a short period of time has achieved many milestones and is doing excellent advocacy at different levels to promote social inclusion of persons with disabilities. On the other hand it is facing challenges such as financial constraints, non-availability of full-time dedicated HR to run the CBID secretariat, and lack of medium and long term plans.

Sightsavers in collaboration with CBID Network Pakistan and CBM organized a day workshop to develop an action plan for CBID from 2015-2018.  The workshop was organized on 10th November 2014 at Pak Continental Hotel, G-8 Markaz Islamabad. Representatives of Handicap International, CBM, CHEF International, STEP, Milestone, Saaya Association, National Forum for Women with Disabilities, SADA, DWA, Our Voice, TSO, ADTF, SEDA, CHIP, Pakistan Special, JICA, SSP, and LCDDP.

Mr. Mian Asim, CBID Coordinator welcomed all the participants. Speaking at the session, Ms. Munazza Gillani, Country Director Sightsavers highlighted the key objectives and rationale of the workshop. Mr. Ajmal Khan, Country Director CBM appreciated the support of Sightsavers and CBID network. Ms. Gillani and Dr. Shahnawaz (Coordinator CBID Network) jointly shared the draft template with the audience that was jointly developed by key stakeholders to identify what activities are needed to run effectively the CBID Network. The action plan also encompasses, capturing roles and responsibilities for different participating organizations and required resources to address the barriers. This was followed by open discussion and group work.

Later, five groups were made using the counting methodology, each group was assigned a theme and had to complete the set format/template. The themes were:

  1. Provide Technical Assistance on Inclusion
  2. Enhance Organizational Development to Strengthen Network Effectiveness
  3. Effective Collaboration and Coordination for building Alliances
  4. Enhance Capacities of Member organizations in Joined Up Advocacy
  5. Establish an Evidence base for Network Initiatives.

The workshop provided a good opportunity for learnings and sharing and all the member organizations felt the need for a clear action plan for CBID Network Pakistan. Keeping in view the final plan after everyone’s input, that how the required resources will be secured to achieve this plan.

The draft filled template of action plan developed by the participants is attached below as an annexure.

Objective/Theme: Provide Technical Assistance on Inclusion

Objective/Theme: Enhance organizational development to strengthen network effectiveness

Objective/Theme: Effective collaboration & coordination for building alliances

Objective/Theme: Enhance capacities of member organisations in joined advocacy

Objective/Theme: Establish and evidence base for network initiatives