Syed Iftikhar Babar - Director General NCRD
Socio-economic empowerment of rural and the under-privileged for sustainable development.
Knowledge based capacity building of the poor and the marginalized in rural sector.
Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (AHKNCRD) was established as a Federal Training and Research Institution in the year 1979 and become operational in 1983, it was declared as an attached department of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in 1988. In recognition of invaluable services rendered by late Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan for the cause of community development, strengthening of civil society and socio-economic empowerment of the poor and marginalized people living in informal settlements in Pakistan, Government of Pakistan renamed NCRD as Ahktar Hameed Khan National Center for Rural Development and Municipal Administration (AHKNCRD&MA). On 16th May, 2013 NCRD become an attached department of Establishment Division.
Besides, catering to the training and research needs of rural development, municipal administration themes, AHKNCRD liaises with various international agencies like CIRDAP, AARDO and LOGOTRI in present while in past with SAARC, APO, UNICEF, ILO, FES, ESCAP and other such organizations engaged in rural uplift endeavors. The Centre is situated at a distance of 10 km. from Faizabad on Park Road, Chak Shahzad. The Campus is located on 12 acres of land, comprising administrative block, auditorium, conference room, classrooms, faculty offices, Library and hostel. Apart from a residential colony for the Officers and Staff.
The Annual Training Calendar highlights the details of NCRD training programmes. Computer Lab have also been established at NCRD to conduct Computer trainings. No training fee is charged from participants for all of the courses. However, the departments/organizations of the nominees bear the cost of TA & DA etc. Hostel accommodation for participants on double occupancy basis is available at affordable rates. Besides accommodation mess facility is available on self-financing basis. AHKNCRD also extends logistical, secretarial and faculty support to national and international organizations for seminars, workshops and training courses.
AARDO Regional Office
This Regional Office was established in January 2013 in Islamabad, Pakistan by the Seventeenth General Session of AARDO Conference. It provides services to the member countries of Bangladesh and Pakistan and promotes the interest of AARDO in the eligible member countries of Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bhutan, Georgia, Nepal, Maldives, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.