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An acknowledgement ceremony in honour of the DWP Group’s support of the National Outreach Programme (NOP) at LUMS was held on September 22, 2021. In attendance were senior management of DWP Group including Chairman and CEO, Mr. Farooq Naseem, Mrs. Roohi Farooq Naseem, Mr. Imtiaz Pervez, Mr. Arshad Nasir and Mr. Sabah-ud-din Rana. Members of the LUMS senior management at the event included Founding Pro Chancellor Syed Babar Ali; Rector, Mr. Shahid Hussain; Vice Chancellor, Dr. Arshad Ahmad; Provost, Dr. Farhat Haq; Director Advancement, Ms. Nuzhat Kamran and members of the Development Team.
DWP Group is a leading technology company in Pakistan with core businesses in home appliances, HVAC and ICT industries. Their partnership with LUMS started in 2017, and so far, 29 scholars have benefitted from the scholarship fund set up by the organisation. Next year, another 20 scholars will graduate.
Growth for Rural Advancement and Sustainable Progress (GRASP) is implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) – the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) – with active participation from local partners. The project is funded by the delegation of the European Union to Pakistan.
Aimed at poverty alleviation, GRASP is working to build the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) sector in the country by focusing on rural communities in 11 districts of Sindh and Balochistan each. Pakistan makes it to the top ten countries vulnerable to the impacts of climate change almost every year. It is therefore important for SMEs to be able to build their resilience and have the capacity to adapt to changing conditions.
The project has outlined its objectives in outputs, and one of them is to promote climate-smart agriculture practices and technologies in selected value chains, and to build the capacities of agribusiness and environmental technology service providers.
The Rausing Executive Development Centre (REDC) at LUMS hosted a 5-day programme on 'Strategic decision-making and problem-solving' for public sector officials engaged with the implementation of USAID funded programme on Water Management for Enhanced Productivity (WMfEP). The programme that is being implemented through a partnership with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), was designed and offered in the backdrop of ongoing projects and activities within the irrigation and agriculture sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Directed by Dr. Shakeel Sadiq Jajja, and supported in teaching by Dr. Jamshed H. Khan, Dr. Adeel Zaffar, Dr. Jawad Syed and Dr. Ghazal Zulfiqar, the programme provided learning opportunities to mid-level and senior management of GoKP and Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) sensitising them to understand and capitalise on the challenges and opportunities of their industry.
During the 5-day engagement, the participants learned about the impact of leadership styles on decision-making, data analysis, negotiation skills, managing diversity, team building and working effectively with the development sector to make sensible trade-offs using the available resources.
Instructors of the programme emphasised that decisive leadership and problem-solving is crucial to the successful implementation of any project or activity and the organisation and their stakeholders alike, benefit from these effective leadership skills.