SIP: Social Innovation Platform in Hushé Valley

May 01, 2020
SIP stands for Social Innovation Platform focusing in the future of Hushé Valley, a new approach to the development of cooperation, connected to the most innovative organisations, an approach that is already being tested by PNUD in Asia, as a pilot and we are part of it.
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A platform, a place where we can meet and communicate, either virtually or face to face where everyone (people, organizations, institutions, political and religious representatives…) are able to develop new Economic Initiatives to find solutions to the social problems that the valley is facing, focusing on a sustainable development of the local people, through a continuous process of listening that will support the creation of Social mobilization processes and Political actions that will lead to changes in the system.

Last year and financed by the Basque Government, Basharat Ali joined a very intensive training at Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political issues, in Leioa UPV-EHU University. The aim of the training was to learn in depth about a methodology that would support him towards planning, developing and implementing it in Hushé valley. Since last September, he has been constantly in touch with ALC team and Baltistán Fundazioa while he was developing the first phase of the plan: Identifying key players (entrepreneurs, organisations, local leaders, religious leaders, students…) and listening and recording what they have to say.

When we were just about to finish the first phase two unprecedented facts happened: Covid-19 pandemic in Hushé valley and PNUD´s participation. Both facts have speed the process that Basharat was developing hence he has refocused his work listening to the impact that the pandemic crisis has caused and identifying possible ways of tackling and solving these issues and finding a way to recover from it. This process has been reinforced by PNUD, following the same methodology in Islamabad and other Asian countries and using technological resources that support the work in lockdown. This is a new reality, that, no doubt, will make us stronger and will improve our work.

We hope to have this initial phase completed by the middle of June when we aim to develop a process in `real´ time, something that we will be communicating to you.