Text Box: “ In Pakistan development will not come from the top, it will come from bottom, and it will happen in pockets- one island formed here, one there and one island will be made by you…..”

Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan (1914-1999)
Text Box: Mr. Sartaj Aziz
Adviser to 
Prime Minister of Pakistan
Text Box: Prof. Dr. Golam Mathbor
Monmouth University
Chair Dept of Philosophy
Text Box: Chief Guest AHK Award
Text Box: Engn. M. Shahid
Pro Rector (P&R)
National University of Science &

DrAkhter Hameed khan– philosopher, poet, scholar, Sufi and social scientist- passed on October 9. 1999. He left behind a remarkable legacy which needs to be shared with all those who believe that change can happen and that people’s lives can be transformed for the better.


Throughout his life, Dr Akhter Hameed khan set an example to others on how to live withone’s own means. He was deeply committed to Sufism’s central principles of simplicity, tolerance and peace. He left the prestigious Indian civil service to become a locksmith because he wanted to understand the lives of the people.

Later, as director of the Comilla project in East Pakistan in the 1960s (now Bangladesh where they still revere him), he was able to undertake concrete development work which suited his temperament. He could now apply what he had learnt to mobilize communities and introduce participatory development. Visitors were amazed at what they saw- the condition of the poor had changed beyond recognition thanks to Dr Akhter Hameed Khan’s guidance.

After the separation of East Pakistan, he return to Karachi where his finest hours was yet to come, for in his late 60.s he was asked to set up the Orange Pilot project in Karachi’s sprawling low income settlements. Dr Akhter Hameed Khan, modestly clad in a rough cotton shirt and a pajama, became a familiar sight among the residents of Orangi Town. This unassuming man transformed orange with his philosophy of self-help. A great believer in the power of people, he mobilized and guide the residents with technical assistance to lay a sewerage system to improve their environment. Following this he established a micro-credit system that has made Orange’s residents self-reliant and active contributors to the country’s economy.

The OPP is now used as a model for urban development around the world. Despite the fact that Dr Akhter Hameed Khan brought about such major changes with his ideas and dedication, his recognition at the state level does not match his contribution. His name was dragged through false blasphemy cases. A befitting tribute to Dr Akhter Hameed Khan would be to teach his theory of self-reliance in school and atthe University level so that his ideas can find their way into the policies of development.

Dr Akhter Hameed Khan was eventually awarded the Hilal-e-Pakistan, Sitara-e-Pakistan and the international Magsaysay Award (Asia’s equivalent of the noble prize from the president of the Philippines). Although he is no longer with us, his work lives in the people he inspired and taught and the communities he organized and development.

In the Orangi Pilot Project, which he founded, and the Agha Khan Rural Support Program, with which he was closely affiliated, Dr Akhtar Hameed Khan Saw “a ray of hope – a willingness of the people to do something”. He saw in people a great resurgence. He was hoping that by making small islands, one day they would cover the entire country.

Text Box: Community Organization and Development

“It would be very wrong if i boast that i did this or that. I merely observed a lot of things then founded supporting institutions. But the people did the work themselves.”

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“An important platform is created and strengthened by the members to take on their local issues and concerns, following the basic philosophy of participatory development, advocating a culture of self-help.”
Text Box: Principle of Credit for Micro-enterprises

 “Monetary strength inevitably spells out a lot more than is commonly voiced! It is essentially a requirement that the rural poor, once they are organized, generate their own capital and channelize the micro credit provided into sustainable investments.”
Text Box: Non Formal Education

“Should we wipe out the universities inherited from the British times or turn them into madrassas, wipe out law courts and have only qazis and muftis. Universities and law courts are working everywhere in the world. Why can’t they work in Pakistan?”
Text Box: Health Programme for Villages without Clinics

“My conclusion is that our people are willing to be mobilized and it is in their interest. If they do not do the development work, they suffer. To save both their health and their property, they have to make a small investment, which they do willingly.”
Text Box: Every year Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Centre (AHKRC) organizes a memorial lecture to honour the vision and path breaking contribution of Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan. He was a renowned social scientist and development practitioner of South Asia, that won him international acclaim.  The memorial lecture is on a key theme related to the legacy of Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan. Eminent social and development experts of international caliber deliver the key note lecture.

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Theme of Centennial Birthday Celebrations Lecture


Effectiveness of Community Participation in Development Initiatives

Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan (1914-1999)


Beginning  with an intellectual tribute to Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan and reflecting upon his legacy in establishing the famed Orangi Pilot Project (OPP), the key note address by Dr. Golam Matbor provides an overview of community participation in development initiatives using examples from the field and analyzes the changing meaning of community participation over time.  The overview includes the definitions, use and abuse of the concept, "participation."  The presentation also looks into the qualities of participation that particularly enhances and inhibits the effectiveness of development initiatives through community participation. Finally, the presentation will identify the factors of effective community participation in development initiatives from the South Asian regional perspective, followed by an effective Community Participation model that the presenter developed."





Text Box: Council of Social Sciences with financial support from National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and others, has established an annual Award in memory of the renowned social worker and social scientist late Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan. The Award is given every year on October 10, at the time of AHK Memorial Lecture, to the best book by a Pakistani author published during a financial year (July to June) written the fields of rural/urban development , peace , poverty and its alleviation, and  gender discrimination. 

Text Box: 8:00- 8:50 AM 	Registration                                                                    09:00 AM	Recitation from The Holy Quran & National Anthem
Text Box: First Session:	AHK Memorial Lecture

09:05 AM	Welcome Remarks   (Shoaib Sultan Khan, Chairman AHKRC / RSPN)
09:15AM	Key Note Address 
09:55AM	Tribute by Chief Guest (Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister)

Text Box: Second Session:  AHK Memorial Book Award

11:00 AM	Announcement of Book Award   (COSS)	
11:30AM	Speech of Chief Guest (Engineer Muhammad Shahid, Pro Rector P&R NUST)
11:45 AM	Service Above Self (A Tribute by Rotary International – RCIM)
12:00PM	Vote of Thanks (Roomi S. Hayat, Vice Chairman AHKRC)
12:15PM	Closing
Text Box: Guest of Honor:  Begum Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan

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AHKRC & Rural Support Programs Text Box: Chief Guest AHK Letcure
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Chair Department of Philosohy, Religion, Interdisciplinary Studies
Professor and Graduate Faculty, School of Law
Monmouth University, USA

President American Institute of Bangladesh Studies

Dr. Golam M. Mathbor is a graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program. He was selected and served as a Mentor for the 26th Annual National Conference on Ethics in America organized by Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic occurred from 16-20 October 2011 at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Professor Mathbor is the founding Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Interdisciplinary Studies, and a tenured Full Professor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, New Jersey, USA. Professor Mathbor served as the Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University from July 2006 through June 30, 2014. He obtained his BSS (Bachelor of Social Science), MSS (Master’s of Social Science) and an LL.B (Bachelor of Law) degree from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Dr. Mathbor then obtained his second master’s MSW (Master of Social Work) from McGill University, Canada; and a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) degree in Social Policy Analysis from the Faculty of Social Work of The University of Calgary, Canada.


Currently, he is serving as President of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), and as Director of the Council on American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). He is the founding President of the Long Branch Concordance, a 501c (3) non profit community service organization in the State of New Jersey serving in the City of Long Branch. Dr. Mathbor is also serving as Advisor of Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society. Professor Mathbor chaired and delivered keynote address for the 17th ICSD International Symposium on “Good Governance: Building Knowledge for Social Development Worldwide” held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 3-7, 2011 at Pan Pacific Hotel. Also, he was invited and delivered keynote address in an international conference on “Poverty and Social Inequality in a Globalized World: Challenges for the Reconfiguration of Social Policy” organized by the National University of Mexico (UNAM) held in Mexico City from March 12-15, 2013.


In the past, Dr. Mathbor served as Vice-President and President of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) for the year 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 respectively.  Also, he served as Vice President and Associate Secretary-General of the International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD) for the period 2008-2013 and 2004-2008 respectively. For the academic year 2003-2004, Dr. Mathbor served as Chair of the Faculty Senate of Monmouth University. In addition to his associate deanship, he also served as Founding Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Interdisciplinary Studies at Monmouth University for the period July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2010.  Also, Dr. Mathbor served as Coordinator of the MSW Program in International and Community Development Concentration at Monmouth University from July1, 2000 to June 30, 2006. During his leadership, this cutting edge master’s program received a national award for being the best program for its splendid record of incorporating global components in the curriculum from the Council on Social Work Education, the accreditation organization for social work education in USA. He worked as Project Coordinator for “Developing

Text Box: Prof. Dr. Golam Mathbor
National University of Science & Technology
H-12 Campus, Islamabad, Pakistan

(Entry through Gate # 10)
Text Box: In the words of 
Dr Akhter Hameed Khan 

I hope that somehow, idealism is reborn…Idealist don’t live for their own benefit, but want to serve others. When you have idealism, you have God’s blessings. Where you have good intentions, you have God’s blessings. When you work for others and have good intentions, progress is inevitable. Choose to serve God by doing good, honest work for other people rather than furthering malice by fulfilling your own selfish ambitions and greed.

A nation has to be ready to work hard and make sacrifices if it wants to progress. The basic principle of development was summed up by Winston Churchill in his address to the British people, when he said “I have nothing to promise you except blood, tears and sweat.” This is what our politicians should be telling us because our country is in a very precarious state. Instead they make us false promises…

The role of the people is more important than the role of the government. When Churchill was retired, people told him “you were a lion”. He replied: “No, I was not the lion. It was the Nation that had the lion’s heart. My task was only to bring out the roar”. The government can do the big works-treatment plants, nullahs for sewerage, roads etc. - the rest the people will have to do themselves. And they should not take donors money for this work, either.

There is only one way of working amongst the people and that is persistence. It is like a drop of water continuously falling on a stone and making a dent in it. People will cooperate whenever there is a meaning activity…

If you expect material reward from this kind of work, you will fail. Don’t waste money either on unnecessary expenses. But if you approach is that of building an ashram or khanqua where one has to live simply and bear much suffering, but one is still determined not to lose hope, then you will succeed. You will attain your goals.
Reference: Islands of Hope, AHKRC


Previous Award Winners


· Hazardous Home-based Sub-contracted Work: A Study of Multiple Tiered Exploitation by Shahrukh Rafi Khan, Saba Gul Khattak and Sajid Kazmi 

· Beyond the Honour: A Historical Materialist Explanation of Honour Related Violence by Tahira S. Khan 

· Initiating Devolution for Service Delivery in Pakistan: Ignoring the Power Structure by Shahrukh Rafi Khan, Foqia Sadiq Khan and Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

· Representing Children: Power, Policy and the Discourse on Child Labour in the Football Manufacturing Industry of Pakistan by Ali Khan

· Participatory Development : The Story of the Orangi Pilot Project- Research and Training Institute, and the Urban Resource Centre, Karachi Pakistan; by Arif Hassan

· War, Insurgencies and Terrorist Attacks: by Unaiza Niaz

· The Class Structure of Pakistan by Taimur Rahman

For more details visit www.cosspak.org

Text Box: Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
Sitara-e-Pakistan (1961)
The Ramon Magsaysay Award   (1963)
Hilal-e-Imtiaz (1996)
Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Posthumous 2001)
Jinnah Award (Posthumous 2004)
Text Box: Development Pattern in Squatter Settlements

“Is it a conspiracy against nature or a road to development?”
Text Box: International Social Work Education and Curricula: An Educational Partnership between Monmouth University and the Higher School of Social Work and Social Pedagogics ATTISTIBA, Latvia” a project financed by the U.S. Department of State. In 2007, he was awarded the Outstanding Leadership award by the Global Understanding Project at Monmouth University. Also, Professor Mathbor served as a Commissioner of the Global Social Work Education Commission of the US Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) from July 1, 2004-June 30, 2010.

He has taught in Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, Latvia, Kosovo and USA, and his teaching areas include qualitative and quantitative research methods, program evaluation, social welfare policy and planning, issues in international development, management of non-governmental organizations, migration and intercultural cooperation, and international social work. Areas of research include community participation and coastal community development, disaster relief and management, international social development, and international social work. Dr. Mathbor has published extensively on disaster relief, community preparedness, social development, coastal zone management, migration, health, economics, and international social work education. He is the author of Effective Community Participation in Coastal Development (ISBN 978-1-933478-54-8) published by Lyceum Books, Inc. Chicago, Illinois, USA. He has visited close to 50 countries and most of these visits are on official assignments.


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