Islamabad (June 2, 2011): World Bank has outsourced its post 2010 floods Social Impact Monitoring project to Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO). For the implementation of this qualitative research project, SPO in consultation with relevant stakeholders has selected Nowshehra in Khyber Pakhtoonkhuwa and Thatta in Sindh.
The project will be implemented by a team of subject specialists, including qualitative research specialists and social and economic analysts. The team will be led by renowned researcher and scholar Mr. Fayyaz Baqir. In this connection, three days project implementation planning workshop was arranged at SPO’s national centre in Islamabad. The project team comprising 12 research specialists and SPO’s senior management as well as MER team attended the workshop.
As part of a series of consultations that are required to be undertaken in this project, the new chairperson of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Mr. Zafar Qadir, and joint secretary for Prime Minister Mr. Saleem Ranjha, were invited to the concluding session.
They provided valuable inputs and endorsed their maximum support for this research project. The workshop was also attended by Ms. Samina Islam, Social Development Specialist at the World Bank’s Pakistan office.
Speaking about the objectives of this strategically significant project between World Bank and SPO, Naseer Memon, Chief Executive SPO said that the project aims to customize World Bank’s globally tested Social Impact Monitoring tools in the context of Pakistan, assess impacts of 2010 floods on social cohesion in, livelihoods of, and governance environment in two worst hit districts of Pakistan and adoption of customized Social Impact Monitoring tools by NDMA and UN and other international agencies working in relief and recovery areas in Pakistan.