The book, Social Transformation in Pakistan – The art and science of linking with the ‘other’, describes a trailblazing experience of alleviating power by harnessing the power of the poor. The book consists of annotated field notes of 40 years of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme’s (AKRSP) work in Pakistan that resulted in doubling the income of 100,000 families in the Himalayan, Karakoram, and Hindukush Mountain ranges of Pakistan. it shows that humility, willingness to learn from others, is a science and an art form at the same time. It also covers a host of issues related to truth speaking to power. The book shows how the capacity to learn from others can create miracles in alleviating poverty and helping communities realize their potential for development. It provides valuable insights to policymakers, practitioners, government officials, development assistance agencies, academics, and NGOs on the most effective way of achieving SDGs by investing in human and social capital formation.
The book received DR. Akhtar Hameed Khan Memorial Book Award 2021 from the Council of Social Sciences (COSS) Pakistan in February 2022. The Council of Social Sciences, Pakistan will hold the award ceremony in mid-March in Islamabad. Dr. Ishrat Hussain former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan will deliver Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan Memorial lecture. Read more here!
About the AHK Award: The Award is given every year to the best book by a Pakistani scholar. The Award is given to books covering any one of the following fields: rural/urban development, poverty and its alleviation, peace, and gender discrimination. Written in English, Urdu or other Pakistani languages the book must meet international academic standards in its substance and format.