Youth engagement- A key to effective development

11:00 AM | 27 Mar, 2021
Youth engagement- A key to effective development

Engaging youth in development could lead to a real socio-economic revolution in society keeping in view their immense potential and commitment to serve humanity. Therefore, it is quite heartening development that this vital role of youth is being acknowledged and they are being engaged to play their much-needed role in the development of their respective communities. 

It was great to listen to some inspiring voices of youth, especially from the underdeveloped and remotest areas of Pakistan during a recently held event of the ‘Youth Communicators for Development’ (YCD) Project, which was co-organized by Luiss Business School, the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) and Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS Islamabad}.

 It is worth mentioning here that the YCD project is an initiative under the Programme for Poverty Reduction (PPR) of PPAF which aimed to improve the socio-economic landscape of the most underdeveloped rural areas of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) including the ex-FATA region now part of KP. 

The youth engagement was conceived as an opportunity to enhance the importance of the role of Youth and Universities, together with the business community and territorial institutions, to foster communities’ self-development and to strengthen Pakistan-Italy relationships. Through such activities, AICS Islamabad is pursuing to boost the nexus between Research, Education, and Labour, possibly through trans-connections between the two countries, linking academia with the public and private expressions of the territories.

YCD project, led by Luiss Business School, Italy, is one of the actions set forth by PPAF in the PPR’s framework. It aims to contribute to the sustainability of the communities’ multisectoral activities by involving 17 partner organizations, 38 local governments in 14 of the least developed districts of Pakistan.

The online YCD event included a galaxy of students from different universities of Pakistan who shared inspiring stories of their self-development and the role they have assumed by becoming active and effective voices of their communities for their developmental priorities. Besides others, H.E. Andreas Ferrarese (Ambassador of Italy to Pakistan), H.E. Jauhar Saleem, (Ambassador of Pakistan to Italy), and Ms Emanuela Benini (Director, AICS Islamabad Office), shared their views with the participants on the occasion. They were of the view that these young voices from the remotest areas of Pakistan would not only play a significant role in the development of their communities but would also strengthen the existing friendship and cooperation between Pakistan and Italy. 

During the webinar, Qazi Azmat Isa, CEO, PPAF, informed the participants that Pakistan is a country blessed with religious, cultural, and geographical diversity. The support provided by the Italian government is being instrumental in changing the lives and improving the living standards of the communities from the least developed areas of Pakistan. He termed the YCD project as an excellent initiative to empower youth and to make their voices heard at decision-making levels.    

It is worth mentioning here that a hundred students of five Pakistani Universities namely Chitral, Malakand, Swat, Lasbela (University of Agriculture, Water, and Marine Sciences), Turbat, coordinated through Bahria University and Luiss have participated in the training meant to foster a holistic and territorial-active approach, along with their professors. They constitute the first Group of Pakistani Youth Communicators for Development.

The main goal of the Project is to promote Youth participation in the social and economic context of the mentioned rural areas in the Provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, towards poverty Reduction. It aims at involving youth as communicators and agents of change for community development; facilitating international collaboration between local communities with Pakistani Academia, Italian Academia, Pakistani Diaspora in Italy, and other stakeholders; linking community perspectives and voices with territorial policy dialogue by developing Pakistani local universities’ capacity to provide services to their territory, involving students and professors.

The writer is a BCS student based in Islamabad and could be reached at 


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 Dec  2023

Pakistani rupee's value remained stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal and other currencies in the open market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Monday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.

Euro rate stands at 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound GBP rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED currently hovers around 77.45 while rate of Saudi Riyal stands at 75.82.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 4 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 285.15  287.95 
Euro EUR 309.9  310.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 359.4  360.05 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.45 77.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.82 75.97
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.94 767.94
Canadian Dollar CAD 209.99 210.49
China Yuan CNY 39.78 39.88
Danish Krone DKK 41.95 42.05
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.38 36.48
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.39 935.39
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 742.16 750.18
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.5 79.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 212.45 212.95
Swedish Korona SEK 27.09 27.19
Swiss Franc CHF 325.38 325.88
Thai Bhat THB 8.05 8.09

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues

The gold remained under pressure as the precious metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 4 December 2023

On the first day of the week, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,000 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,043 

A single tola of 22-karat gold costs Rs170,539, while 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs. 192,325 and the price of 18k gold is Rs164,850.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2086, gaining $14.44 on Monday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Karachi PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Islamabad PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Peshawar PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Quetta PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Sialkot PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Attock PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Gujranwala PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Jehlum PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Multan PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Bahawalpur PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Gujrat PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Nawabshah PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Chakwal PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Hyderabad PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Nowshehra PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Sargodha PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Faisalabad PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720
Mirpur PKR 217,000 PKR 2,720


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