Pakistan wins big at Asian Development Bank youth competition

Open Discussion Forum, Pakistan has been awarded $,3000

News Desk August 21, 2016
TODF Founder Shaheera Jalil Albasit presents the project at the ADB headquarters in Philippines. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

A Pakistani project has secured second place of 40 regional entries at Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s competition on “Citizenship and Governance”.

The Open Discussion Forum, Pakistan (TODF) has been awarded $,3000 for securing second place at Youth For Asia Solutions Search Competition, a statement said.

(L to R) Moderator Alice Chen; Mayor, Municipality of NewLecena Christian Sorongon; Technical Adviser Governance at ADB Gambhir Bhatta; Regional Adviser UNESCO Dr Susan Vize are in a conversation with TODF Founder Shaheera Jalil Albasit. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Now in its fourth year, the first three installments of the competition had awarded projects and ideas in the areas of education, health, and environment.

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The TODF focuses on engaging young people at levels of communities in critical dialogue on de-radicalisation, religious tolerance, and gender equality.


The project is aimed at mainstreaming and institutionalising the Pakistani youth and the Asian region to achieve greater recognition for their socio-political stakes, and achieve a greater engagement of young people in governance and citizen activism.

“It aims at creating the space for youth-led peaceful counter-narratives in the country.”

TODF is now looking to partner with similar local initiatives in Pakistan and launch youth dialogue clusters.

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Jamal Jamaee | 4 years ago | Reply Well Done Shaheera! Congratulations. Proud of you. :)
Rollin & Trollin | 4 years ago | Reply And who came in first ?? Since its not mentioned when it jolly well should be, one can only guess....!
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