Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Pakistan honoured five youth leaders of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Small Grants for presenting innovative ideas for building community peace during a ceremony it organised in partnership with PAIMAN Alumni Trust in Islamabad on October 30.
The chief guest of the ceremony, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Local Government Elections and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan and the guest of honour Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Pakistan Pierre Mayaudon distributed Small Grants Award certificates among the five winners of project proposal writing competition. “This award will generate new ideas to be implemented in future,” said Pierre Mayaudon in his remarks. He called the Grants Awardees “ambassadors of peace” in KPK and FATA.
Minister Inayat Ullah Khan speaking on the occasion announced that his government in order to promote youth as leaders would allocate five per cent seats for youth in every district, Tehsil and village of the province. “Peace is a rare commodity in our area now,” Inayat commented
SFCG Executive Director Ammara Durrani in her remarks said youth leaders being honored here today have been selected through a rigorous, merit-based and transparent grant application process led by an independent Grants Selection Committee comprising well-known, respected civil society and media representatives possessing life-long experience and contributions for peace and development in the region.
The project aims to build the capacity of youth non-state actors (NSAs) and policymakers in mediation and dialogue and link youth with policymakers in order to find effective solutions to conflicts at the community level.
Under the project, SFCG Pakistan and PAIMAN organised 12 primary capacity building trainings for 301 youth from 25 districts of KPK and FATA, advanced level training for 27 shortlisted youth and an orientation workshop for 25 policymakers from KPK and FATA.
Source: The Nation