Partnerships

Introduction

Building Partnerships, Promoting sustainability is the core program and the hallmark the ‘Progress’ agenda. It is a unique and innovative program the objective of which is to foster cooperation and build bridges between the stakeholders, which is critical for the successful implementation of our national plans and policies.

Collaboration and partnership is one of the greatest needs of the present time for mobilizing support at all levels of the society, for achieving the goals of sustainability. By forging of new partnerships - between governments, the private sector, academic and scientific communities, local communities, NGOs, industrial and the corporate sector, the media and other stakeholders, is an important key for achieving a genuine culture of progress and sustainable development.

The program emphasizes on community participation and capacity building, factors critical to local ownership and lasting sustainability. This leads to community upliftment and being focused at the grassroot levels to alleviation of poverty. Through ambitious partnership projects, Foundation for ‘Progress’

extends support and cooperation to the relevant stakeholders in the field of health, education, environment, women development and other social areas, critical to self-reliance, community development and poverty alleviation. The sponsoring of the Special Ward, at Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, Rawalpindi, the in-process Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases Institute and other educational projects are important 'Progress' milestones in this context.

About Partnerships

In this era of globalization and specialization confronting the growing and complex agenda of issues from poverty and public health to narcotics and terrorism can no longer be contained or managed by a single organization, community or a nation and no one agency or program has all the answers. And in an age when movements of people, capital and ideas are breaking down borders, development challenges are not just local, but global.

Today nearly all developed and developing countries are promoting partnerships and stakeholder participation has become part of the current policy model. Such partnerships, extending to all relevant players in society, will be even more important in arguing for, and acting to deliver changes in the ways of our mindset and practicality.

This collaboration and partnership is one of the greatest needs of the present time, to mobilize support at all levels for achieving the goals of sustainability. By forging of new partnerships -between governments, the private sector, academic and scientific communities, local communities, NGOs, industrial and the corporate sector, the media and all the stakeholders is the key to achieve a genuine culture of sustainability.

People understand the power of partnerships as a vehicle for concrete action. It makes sense to pool the resources, ideas and imaginations of all sectors of the society. It brings all the stakeholders together at a neutral forum to forge shared solutions.

Being a good partner means be must continually reexamine how we do business and resist efforts to rely on one-size-fits-all solutions. We must reach out to communities, businesses, and organizations and to the local, provincial and the federal governments.

The government, private sector and civil society playa crucial role if we are to succeed. New partnerships need to be formed; partnerships where all parties are out to find the best possible solutions.

The Government Sector has a very important role ensuring that the laws and rules are accounted for, with reduced role in day-to-day implementation and other operational activities. It has a broader role of bringing people together, guiding them plan and mange decisions -a more effective manager. These steps can help the governments to better serve its citizens and in its efforts to achieve the national development goals.

The private sector has a dominant role in the development process. Business has replaced government as the central engine of investment and development, particularly in the developing world. The present and next generation of policy makers must find ways to channel, private capital flows, to ensure investment for sustainable development, keeping in view the ultimate objectives of poverty alleviation.

Civil society organizations play key role in designing, funding, implementing and monitoring development assistance. They bring valuable expertise to the global development network -and make people-to-people ties that strengthen development at the grassroots. The civic engagement has increased substantially during the last few years, particularly in the poverty reduction strategy initiatives and this engagement can improve development impact by empowering citizens to participate in their country's development.