Hashoo Foundation and ICIMOD partner for sustainable mountain development

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Ayesha Khan, Country Director, Hashoo Foundation and David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD with signed copies of an MoU signed on 25 May 2017
Photo Credit: Jitendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD

On 25th May 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning a partnership for sustainable mountain development was signed by Ayesha Khan, Country Director, Hashoo Foundation and David Molden, Director General, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) at the ICIMOD headquarters in Nepal. The MoU creates a formal framework for the two organizations to explore possible synergies and opportunities for collaboration in their existing programmes and projects operating in Hindu Kush Himalayan countries. The MoU covers a period of three years.  

The two organizations will work jointly to engage in programmes of mutual interest and mobilize resources and expertise. They will undertake knowledge sharing and the development of joint products on topics associated with mountain areas and mountain communities in Pakistan. The MoU focuses on activities where mountain economic development will be a key activity by engaging the private sector and focusing on enterprise development. It will also explore joint projects and resources, where appropriate, based on the areas of cooperation identified. Currently, Hashoo Foundation is a member of ICIMOD’s Upper Indus Basin Network, which is a part of the Indus River Basin Initiative under the organization’s Regional Programme 3 on River Basins. 

Based in Islamabad, Hashoo Foundation is a progressive and dynamic nonprofit organization, which has been leading the way in human development and poverty alleviation in Pakistan by implementing viable economic development, human capital development, and social protection programmes in the country since 1988. Hashoo Foundation envisages an ethical, equitable, inclusive and progressive society in which people live with dignity and have power over their own lives. It emphasizes on serving marginalized communities, particularly women, children, and young people, across its targeted areas. It focuses on fostering entrepreneurship in order to improve the quality of life of its beneficiaries and create sustainable livelihood opportunities for them. Hashoo Foundation aims to help communities in Pakistan enjoy better quality of life through greater socio-economic empowerment by 2018.