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Conviction

At the heart of LEAD’s work is the commitment to sustainable development goals and a firm conviction that big global problems can be addressed with small local actions. This commitment is reflected through our actions, organizational processes and programmes. The sophisticated internal systems including monitoring & evaluation, quality assurance and procurement have been implemented to ensure accountability, achieve the highest ROI for money and the highest impact of sustainable development initiatives.

LEAD has survived the lapse of support from both Rockefeller Foundation and LEAD International and has continued with its programmes including the Leadership Development Programme (LDP) in the last twenty years and is continuously flourishing.

Creation

Latest tools and knowledge Generation

LEAD has developed practical solutions in the form of state of the art techniques and knowledge outputs to further the development agenda and sustainable growth as enshrined in its vision and mission. For example, Ecological Footprint Office Calculator was developed specifically for Pakistani organizations in partnership with the Asia Pacific Forum for Environment & Development (APFED) to monitor and reduce the operational carbon footprint of Pakistani organizations. Similarly the research series on vulnerability and resilience examine the vulnerability to a host of natural hazards and also suggests measures to build resilience against them. The research came out with out-of-the-box solutions for policy makers such as the introduction of micro insurance and CAT bonds for risk transfer as pre-disaster planning and the use of a customized methodology to assess loss and damage as post- disaster response.

Exploration of Fresh avenues and partnerships

LEAD is never tired of engaging new partners in implementation and exploring fresh avenues of joint action. Over the last two decades, the thematic areas have swelled to 15 in number and the professional ties have been knotted with more than 100 organizations. The focus has also swung from capacity building to research and public policy engagement. As LEAD interventions are mostly demand driven, so it has developed the capacity to flex as per changes in the national policies and international development priorities.

Implementation of Innovative approaches and solutions

LEAD has experimented with innovative approaches as part of different initiatives. An optimal mix stakeholder engagement and management options are applied as per needs and expectation of target audience of a project. These include different conflict resolution and consensus building techniques, capacity building and community engagement tools, research and communication outputs and public policy and networking instruments. For example, the mega project of “Our World” started with stakeholder dialogues and culminated with policy dialogues at the apex. On the other hand, a network of CBOs was developed and sustained as part of CLEAR project.

Collaboration

LEAD has developed ties and forged relationships with a number of organizations nationally, regionally and internationally. These ties help in sharing of experiences and best practices.

LEAD have signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with a number of organizations such as the municipalities of Khairpur, Thatta, Muzaffargarh, Sehwan and Mansehra districts, Pakistan Meteorology Department and specialized institutes like IBA Sukkur, SUET, Lodhran Pilot Project, Jamshoro University, International Islamic University, the Urban Unit Lahore and Rescue 1122 Punjab.

LEAD is a part of the core group at the Ministry of Climate Change. Besides that good working relationships exist with Planning Commission of Pakistan, Ministry of Climate Change; National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Punjab Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), P&D Department Punjab, among other government departments.

At the regional level, LEAD has good working relationships with National Disaster Management India (NDMI), the Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), Climate Energy Nepal, WWF Nepal, Practical Action South Asia, Development Alternatives Group India, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) Nepal, Ministry of Environment in Nepal, and Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies (BCAS), to name a few.

Communication

LEAD is proactively engaged with its stakeholders and regularly interacts with them through different tools such as publications, press releases, briefings and website. Besides that, the media professionals are invited to related training events. Specific trainings are also conducted for their capacity building. For example, in February 2009, a training workshop on Communicating Climate Change was organized in Islamabad to explore the latest communications and engagement approaches with regards to climate change. Alex Hannant, Programme Manager, LEAD International, UK, facilitated the sessions on creating linkages between climate change communications and behavior change. The training provided a methodological approach to designing effective communications and engagement strategies and campaigns. Similarly, in February 2009, a Media Summit on Climate Change was arranged in Karachi in collaboration with the Department of Information, Government of Sindh. The Media Summit sensitized and enhanced awareness among the media about climate change.

Continuation

LEAD believes in sustainability of existing structures and forums for new interventions. Fellows’ network infuses continuity to our programs. The community engagement and stakeholder involvement are the hallmarks of our development initiatives. LEAD ensures the continuity of relationship through formal and non-formal agreements and development of consortia to pool in resources and knowledge of different organizations nationally and internationally.

New projects are designed and strengthened on the lessons learnt from the past and our field experience of the last twenty years. Most of our current programmes are cross sectoral both in terms of in conception and design. For example, water and climate change which are currently our focus programme areas include food, energy, urban planning and disaster risk reduction themes and have been devised around a carefully articulated framework standing on six pillars i.e. Access, Equity and Hazards, Governance, Resilience and Sustainability.

LEAD has successfully revived traditional community knowledge and customs through various interventions and empowered local communities to form new groups to extend the project successes beyond its official life. The revival of the traditional Dane system in Chitral through our “Empowering Indigenous Community Conserved Areas for Wildlife” project is a recent example. The local community has resurrected the Dane which ensures that the ban on exploitation of oak forests and other natural resources in the area is being observed.