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Capacity Building:

Investing in the human resources is the best investment and capacity building of different segments of the society can give very good results as there is tremendous potential to be exploited. SDS gives due importance to the capacity building of its own staff, community, government departments, local government representative, Community Based Organizations, (CBOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in different sectors of work.

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Disaster Management:

After the devastating earthquake of October 2005 DRR and CBDRM is being given the due importance. SDS has been actively involved in relief and response activities and has carried out a number of interventions under DRR and CBDRM.

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Education Promotion:

No society can progress unless due importance is given to education, especially female education. There is a need to work collectively to increase enrolment and attendance in the schools and decrease drop out ratio

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Advocacy, Lobbying & Campaigning:

Due to low literacy ratio and awareness level it is necessary to play an effective role in opinion building, attitudinal change, awareness raising and policy shift. Having strong roots in the community advocacy and lobbying has been an effective tool of SDS.

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Sustainable Livelihood:

Livelihood is an important component of SDS programme areas. While designing the livelihood interventions emphasis is laid on serving the vulnerable segments of the society

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Distribution of Winterization Kits:

Emergency Response to the Earthquake Affectees of District Shangla. SDS Distributed 1116 winterization kits among the affected families.

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Capacity Building of CSOs:

SDS Organized Training workshop on Action Research Skills for the Local and National Base Organizations.

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Gaps Between Police and Citizens:

SDS Organized a Consultation Meeting on How to Bridge Gap Between Police and Citizens at Peshawar.

Board Of Directors

Iftikhar Hussain

Iftikhar Husain is belongs from one of the very famous village “Lilownai” of district Shangla Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Mr. Iftikhar Hussain did his master from University of Peshawar and started his profession as teacher in its native district. During his tenure he was very active member of the teacher association in Shangla. From his early youngest time he was proactively involved in the matter of public interest declared by his friend a charismatic leader. Later on he resigns from teaching job and fully concentrates on his social work. To this he forms a civil society organization namely SDS and started working for the betterment of his local community and since then working as an executive director. Since then, he has been actively involved in the socio-economic development of people of province. Under his leadership the organization has implemented projects throughout province with generous support from local and international partners. Iftikhar Hussain completed DPM course from SPO and become DPM Graduate. Iftikhar Hussain with the platform of SDS has been making all out efforts and struggle for social cohesion, rural development, overcome economic deprivation, peace and social harmony in the society. He was known for bullfighting against the extremism, stereotype, and radicalization during insurgency when people barely knew about NGOs and were never exposed to work of NGOs. He from the platform SDS took up the challenge and made all out efforts to rationalize the opinion of the people which ultimately resulted in widening the space for other NGOs and aid agencies to carrying out development initiatives. By doing so, he experienced hardships and faced consequential effects; however, with the support of local communities and partners, he neutralized undesirable consequences and risks. As a result, he was able to create a space for itself and for other actors to work for the betterment of affected and vulnerable people. Apart of his struggle he has mobilizes the masses for formulation of many networks to strengthen the voice the people. To this he mobilized the other stakeholders and form civil society organization network which raise the voice on behalf of IDPs of Swat and Malakand division and later on this network play tremendous role FATA. Similarly, a district level network was formed by his struggle which is proactively involved in the socio-economic development of the district Shangla. Besides, Iftikhar Hussain is having active membership in TVO network for Malakand division. IN addition due to his struggle SDS has found many new avenues to widen its scope of working i.e. currently Mr. Iftikhar Hussain is the member of PARCEL, SUN-CSA network, Pakistan Forum on Democratic Policing (PFDP). National network for conflict transformation. Iftikhar Hussain is the Executive Director which is the key management leader of Sustainable Development Society. As Executive Director he is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.