SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Alternative mechanisms of microfinance; a case study of Akhuwat's work in Pakistan

Dr Muhammad Amjad Saqib (Executive Director, Akhuwat)

Date: 24 October 2013Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 24 October 2013Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: 30 Russell Square Room: Room 102, 30 Russell Square

Type of Event: Seminar

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib, a prominent social worker, volunteer and development professional, graduated from King Edward Medical College Lahore and completed Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) and Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, from the American University, Washington D.C., USA. He joined civil service of Pakistan (DMG) in 1985. In 1998, he joined Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP), as General Manager and remained with this organization for seven years. He resigned from civil service in 2003. Since then, besides rendering philanthropic and social services, he has been providing consultancy services to Asian Development Bank, International Labour Organization, UNICEF, World Bank, and Canadian International Development Agency. His areas of expertise include poverty alleviation, microfinance, social mobilization and education management.

Dr. Saqib is founder of Akhuwat, first ever interest free microfinance programme. This programme operates from mosques and churches and has opened new vistas in the domain of social mobilization and poverty alleviation. This is the largest individual based lending programme in the country and is referred to in many international universities as a unique and innovative model in microfinance. He is Akhuwat's Executive Director and main driving force since its inception in year 2001. President of Pakistan bestowed on him "Sitara-a-Imtiaz", a coveted civil award on 23 March, 2010.

He is author of four books and is well known columnist and has been writing for daily Jinnah, Pakistan, Jang and Nawa-i-Waqt. He has attended many national and international conferences and represented Pakistan at different forums. In recognition of his literary achievements, Government of the Punjab awarded him Khush Hal Khan Khattak Literary award in 1993. He is regular guest speaker at Civil Services Academy (CSA), National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and many other professional forums. He has been among the visiting faculty at Kinnaird College Lahore, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and University of the Punjab.

Organiser: Nadir Cheema

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