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Sindhi Culture: Feudalism and Sufism in Sindh

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Do you know what differentiate Sindh from the rest of provinces in Pakistan? Ghost Schools? No! ; Ghost Teachers? NO! ; Bad Governance? No! ; Bata Mafia? No! Sindhi culture? Yes! It’s Sufi culture that differentiates Sindh from rest of the Provinces in Pakistan. During my extensive traveling through Pakistan, everywhere I go I have been encountering with the people who are mostly curious about my religious affiliation. But Sindh is the only place where I have been encountering people who are most interested in cast and creed instead. The reason is socio-cultural dynamics and distinguished history of Sindh which is mostly underpinned with feudal system and sufi culture. The feudal system have empowered handful of families at the cost of silent majority. Due to which there is widespread gaps amoung those who have and those who don’t have anything to even survive. To maintain socio-political supremacy in their respective areas, these handful chieftains and cunning feudal lords have very …

20 Tips For a Professional CV Making

In this blog post i am sharing with you 20 tips a professional CV making that will help you out to land in your dream job in UAE and Middle East.

1. Profession (position you are looking for) must be shown on Top of your CV.
2. Availability/Visa Status shall be shown on Top of your CV.
3. Contact Details (Email, mobile) shall be on Top of your CV.
4. Skill summary shall be shown for quick review of capabilities.
5. All Employment Dates and total years of experience must be provided.
6. Tables and Boxes shall not be used on CV.
7. Header and footer shall be used only for page numbering, and personal data shall not be in header footer.
8. CV shall contain reasonable amount of key words related to profession.
9. Objectives (if shown), shall not be generic but specific to the job.
10. Font Sizes shall be appropriate, not too big or too small. Also don’t use much variety of sizes or font types (Also mind the scale)
11. Soft Skills shall be shown related to the field, if applicable.
12. CV …

Sustainable Development Goals: What We Need to Know

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Now that when the historic new Sustainable Development Agenda unanimously adopted by 193 UN Member countries during 70th Annual meeting of UN General Assembly on 25th to 27th September, 2015 in New York, USA, it is befitting to find out more about the 17 initiatives that could transform the world by 2030.

What are the sustainable development goals?
The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years.
The SDGs follow and expand on the millennium development goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2001 and are due to expire at the end of this year.
Why do we need another set of goals? There is broad agreement that, while the MDGs provided a focal point for governments – a framework around which they could develop policies and overseas aid programmes designed to end poverty and improve the lives of poor people – as well…

Sustainable Development Goals for Globle Development

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From 2000 to 2015, the international development agenda was centered on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which encompasses eight globally agreed goals in the areas of poverty alleviation, education, gender equality and empowerment of women, child and maternal health, environmental sustainability, reducing HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases, and building a global partnership for development.

After completing the largest consultation in its history of UN, more than 150 world leaders are attending the UN Sustainable Development Summit at UN headquarters in New York from 25th to 27th September, 2015 to replace MGDs by formally adopting an ambitious new sustainable development agenda comprising 17 goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things for all the humanity during next 15 years. These include end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change. This momentous agenda will serve as the launch pad for action by the international community and by national gove…

Change Your Attitude to Change Your Destiny

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The Story of an EAGLE:

The Eagle has the longest life-span of its species. It can live upto 70 years.

But to reach this age, the eagle must make a very difficult decision!

In its 40th year, the eagle's long and flexible Talons can no longer grab a prey which serves as food.

Its long and sharp beak becomes bent.
Its old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly.

Then, the eagle is left with only two options: DIE or go through a painful process of CHANGE!

This process lasts for 150 days (5 months)

The process requires the eagle to fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out.

Then the eagle will wait for the new beak to grow back after which it will pluck out its talons. When its talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old aged feathers.

And after this the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and LIVES for 30 more years!!

Why is Change needed???

I…

How to Identify and Write Success Stories to Show Your Developmental Results

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Developmental results are measurable changes in knowledge, skills, motivation, behavior, decision making, practices, policies, social action, social, economic and environmental conditions that derive from a cause-and-effect relationship. There are three types of such changes (intended or unintended, positive or negative and direct & indirect) that can be set in motion by a development intervention – outputs, outcomes and impacts.

To show the developmental results we are using different  knowledge tools and techniques in international development and humanitarian sector. Case Studies, Success Stories, Lesson Learnt and Best Practices are prominent amoung them. 
In today's blog i would love to write about Success Stories. So that you will better be able to show your developmental results in your targeted areas in the wider interest of your own organization, targeted communities, partners and donor agencies.  
What is a Success Story? 
A success story shows an organization or indi…

Falling In Love With Mr. Maybe

Once upon a time, I fell in love with a good man, he was smart, ambitious, polite, handsome and charming. It was hard not to fall head over heels for him, I will call him Mr. Maybe. During that time, I tried convincing myself that he was doing all he could do to love me and was trying to give it his all, but I knew I was lying to myself because I always felt something was missing, like he could do more or give more but something was just impeding him from doing so. For the longest time I made excuses for him, until I just decided that I am done with Mr. Maybe and all his maybes.

Let me tell you exactly what it feels like to fall in love with Mr. Maybe:

“Maybe” he is down for dinner this weekend, depending on whether or not he will be done with all his other priorities.
“Maybe” he is free at 10 PM to call you and chat for a bit.
“Maybe” he is attending your friend’s wedding, or your cousin’s birthday or your job promotion celebration.
“Maybe” he is listening to you when you are talkin…

A Practitioner's Guidelines for Career in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

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Are you a recent graduate hoping to start a career in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)?  A professional who wants to make a career switch to M&E? Or a M&E practitioner who wishes to take your career to the next level? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this article is for you! Read on.

I will describe a few things that you should be doing to achieve your goal of being a “M&E Rockstar”.

1. Subscribe to online platforms:

An essential resource is ‘My M&E.’ This is an interactive Web 2.0 platform that shares knowledge on country-led M&E systems worldwide. Additionally, ‘My M&E’ has a virtual library, maintains a roster of evaluators, has a listing of training programmes offered by different institutions, gives an overview of M&E job vacancies, has webinars and an e-learning programme. “My M&E” is the ultimate ‘one stop shop of M&E”.  So, what are you waiting for?  Go sign up already!

 Additionally, you should be a subscriber to Bette…

Natural Beauty of Pakistan vs. Switzerland

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Switzerland is famous all over the world for its natural beauty along with Swiss Banks, Swiss Watches and Swiss Knives. Pakistan is not less beautiful than Switzerland in terms of natural beauty and picturesque valleys. Here are some pictorial glimpses showing a comparative analysis of Pakistan vs Switzerland.
1. Satpara Lake, Skardu 2. Naltar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
3. Azad Kashmir, The Heaven on Earth
4. Banjosa Lake, Azad Kashmir 5. Deosai Plains, Skardu
6. Ibex, the National Animal of Pakistan7. Saif-ul-Mulk Lake, Kaghan Valley
8. The beautiful colors of Hunza
9. Muzaffarabad, A Mini Paradise
10. Sharda Village, Muzaffarabad
11. Shangrila Resorts, Kachura Lake in Skardu
12. Terrifying Bridge in Passu Gojal, Gilgit Baltistan

Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat: Where the Legends of Killer Mountain Live

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Fairy Meadows is the bouquet of alpine flowers set before the towering translucent tomb of Killer Mountain, called Nanga Parbat in Sanskrit.  The mountain provides the views that make Fairy Meadows such an alluring destination, but Fairy Meadows are where the legends of Nanga Parbat are kept alive, told by generations of villagers who witnessed the legions of climbers that never descended its icy walls.

Its welcoming rug on its northern face is the Raikot glacier, strewn with dark echoing crevasses, plagued by constant avalanches, and guarded with 15 meter ice spears exuding the ancient silent character of terracotta warriors.  Over one in five people who attempt to climb Nanga Parbat never descend.  Even the famous Reinhold Messner, who was the first to climb all the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) had to be nursed back to life after losing his brother and seven toes on the mountain.

Nanga Parbat is the ninth tallest mountain in the world, standing at 8,125 meters (…

Hunza: Pakistan’s Valley of Bliss

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Pakistan’s ‘real Shangri-La’ is a world free from militancy, poverty, gender inequality, pollution and a lacklustre education system.

Visitors to the stunningly beautiful valley, towered over by five snowcapped mountains, sometimes feel as if they are standing at the edge of the Earth – or, maybe, at the centre of it.

Either way, they often don’t feel as if they are in Pakistan, a country that struggles with poverty, pollution, militancy and a lacklustre education system, especially for women.

Once a hardscrabble Himalayan town where residents barely had enough to eat, Karimabad, in the Hunza Valley, is now one of Pakistan’s most idyllic spots – an oasis of tolerance, security, gender equality and good schools. That standard of living can be traced to residents’ moderate interpretation of Islam, the mighty Karakorum Highway (KKH) as well as considerable support from one of the world’s largest charities-The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

Many parents in the valley say that if the…