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Concept Paper

It is submitted that Rs. 1 million in funds is lying idle in the AFSD’s Account.
Secondly, a tremendous amount of expenditure and effort has been expended in bring
about the Integrated Development Vision (IDV). Thirdly complete office setup and
vehicle were placed at the disposal of the District Administration. Complete files are
lying with Syed Kosar Naqvi (Daily The News Abbottabad 03345004445).

Background of Abbottabad Integrated Development Vision (AIDV)


The Abbottabad Integrated Development Vision (IDV) was formally launched in
Abbottabad, on May 14 2005 The IDV was formulated by the District Government
Abbottabad with technical support from IUCN though a consultative process. Local
communities in all the union councils of Abbottabad were consulted and based on the
priorities set by them.
The IDV recommends short, medium and long term measures for sustainable
development of Abbottabad, in seventeen sectors.
In the past, development in the district, without taking into account the
environmental and social concerns and without setting priorities had little positive impact
on the lives of the people. In this regard the formulation of IDV and its adoption by the
District Assembly as the development vision for the district is the step in right direction,
main challenge now is to implement the recommendations of the IDV. Although the
district government will provide lead in this regard, the task cannot be achieved without
the active participation of all the stakeholders. District government fails to implement the
IDV

Legal Status
IDV document was adopted by the District Assembly Abbottabad as the development
vision for the District.

AFSD
The Abbottabad Strategy for Sustainable Development (ASSD) proposed the
establishment of the Abbottabad Fund for Sustainable Development. The thought behind
this proposal was that this Fund would have the potential to ensure economic
development on the lines of social equity and ecological improvement. The Local
Government Ordinance (LGO) required that Districts should create appropriate financial
mechanisms and strategies to fund integrated sustainable development. The Pakistan
Environmental Protection Act 1997 provides for the establishment of Provincial
Sustainable Development Funds. The KPK Province has already established the NWFP
(KPK) Fund for Sustainable Development. The AFSD was the first District Fund to be
established in the Province. It was thought that the Fund would have a number of
advantages such as firstly; it would serve to reform the District Government’s Budget
allocations through dedicated funds aimed at infusing sustainability considerations into
development programs and projects. Secondly, the Fund was to attract resources from the
Provincial Fund for Sustainable Development, SPCS contributions in identified core
areas, Tameer-e-Sarhad Program, PRSP and similar funds at the National level such as
NCS core programs and related funding windows, and the Decentralization Support
Project. One such source was to be the National Environment Action Plan (NEAP).
Philanthropists and social sector development allocations set aside by the corporate sector
were also deemed to be potential sources of funding. International Donors through their
commitments to various agreements such as Local Agenda 21, WSSD, Organization for
Economic Co-operation and Development through NSSD window, UN-MDG
commitments, multilateral environmental agreement avenues, gender-related resources,
poverty-related investment (such as Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility) and the
World Bank Comprehensive Development Framework Extension were also to be
targeted. Local environmental taxes were thought to be a potential source for
capitalization of the AFSD as well along with similar taxes at the National and Provincial
level. Lastly the District Budget was targeted by containing legal stipulations allocating a
certain percentage of revenues for the AFSD. The local fiscal arrangements for AFSD
capitalization are shown in the figure below:

Abbottabad Fund for Sustainable Development in the Local Fiscal


Arrangement:

Local Tax
Revenue
Recurrent
Expenditure
User
Charges

Natural
Resource Debt Servicing
Royalties
District
Budget
Other Maintenance and
Repairment
Expenditure
Fiscal
Transfers
Development
Expenditure
Town
Councils

AFSD
Donors
Management:
The AFSD was established as a registered Company and was to be managed by an
autonomous Board comprising members from within and outside the Government. For
the sake of credibility, to ensure transparency and to encourage contributions from
outside agencies, the majority of the Board members were to be from the non-
governmental sector. The Board was mandated to take decisions regarding grants for the
purpose of supporting sustainable development projects and interventions in the District.
Priorities
1. Green Sector:
 Agriculture and Horticulture.
 Forests and Watersheds.
 Livestock and Poultry.
 Grazing Lands and Fodder Reserves.
 Biodiversity, Parks and Protected Areas.
 Fisheries.

2. Brown Sector
 Mining.
 Energy.
 Waste Water and Solid Waste Management.
 Land Use Planning and Zoning.

3. Socio-economic sector
 Education.
 Health and Population Welfare.
 Infrastructure: Roads and Communications.
 Drinking Water.
 Ecotourism.
 Enterprise Development.
 Culture.
 Gender.

Plan & Implelemnt IDV


Constitute Sector wise committees
Mobilize Funds from Private sector
Develop proposal for donor agencies for the implementation of these sectors.

What to Do:
Transfer AFSD Fund with the consent of board members.
Joint board for supervision & facilitation.
Proposal for implementation of the IDV.
Letter to different international donor agencies for funding