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Maiden conclave of NGOs from Kashmir valley held at Handwara

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Srinagar: Despite the progress made in the field of social development, challenges faced by Kashmir are complex and persistent, requiring concerted efforts from multiple stakeholders. The Non-Governmental Organisation’s (NGOs) play a critical role in this effort. 

‘NGOs Conclave’ is a platform to bring together various NGOs to engage in meaningful discussions aimed at addressing the pressing social and economic challenges faced by Kashmir.

” NGO Conclave – 2023”, a first ever convention in Kashmir, was organised at Environmental Hall, Handwara under the auspices of the Indian Army camp Bhagatpura in collaboration with Centre for Research on Public Policy (CRPP) to provide a unique opportunity for NGOs to network, exchange ideas and best practices and forge partnerships and help them to have a greater impact in the region.

The conclave brought together various community leaders and government officials including Nazir Ahmed Mir, ADC Handwara, Sulaiman Mir, DDC Rajwar, Masroor Banday, Municipal Chairman Handwara, youth leaders, representatives from district hospital and public banks, principals and teachers from school and colleges, sarpanch & ward members and local population. A total of 35 NGOs across Kashmir attended the mega event.

It helped in achieving the following goals – bringing together NGOs working in different sectors, promoting cross-sector collaboration, building partnerships with other organisations, governments and stakeholders, identifying solutions for common challenges faced by NGOs, identifying solutions for pressing social, environmental and humanitarian issues and focus on aspects like funding, partnerships, capacity building and impact assessment.

The opening remarks were given by Nazir Ahmad Mir ADC Handwara. It was followed by discussion on ‘Issues at hand’ by community leaders, introduction to NGOs, discussion on best practices & success stories, brainstorming and networking session. The conclave concluded with the felicitation of NGOs and closing remarks by Municipal Committee Chairman Masroor Banday.

NGO Conclave was aimed at strengthening the role of NGOs in promoting a positive change in communities and in advancing sustainable development. The outcome of the conclave was a set of recommendations or action plans for initiatives to tackle social, economic & environmental issues and collaboration among participating NGOs.

Aadil Akbar
Aadil Akbar
Special Correspondent (Jammu and Kashmir) - The author is a young journalist working in the field since the past 6 years. He has covered politics and human interest stories including war-like situation the Kashmir valley.


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