AZIZ-UL HAQ RURAL DEVELOPMENT MEDAL

In 2021, the Governing Council of CIRDAP approved the establishment of the Aziz-Ul Haq Rural Development Medal in memory of the late Mr. Aziz-Ul Haq, the first Director of CIRDAP and the Former Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Bangladesh. The Aziz-Ul Haq Rural Development Medal recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding achievements and contributions to integrated rural development for improving livelihoods, reducing poverty and increasing the food security of rural people in Asia and the Pacific Region and for contributions to CIRDAP.

The founder of the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Aziz-Ul Haq passed away in September 2002. Mr. Haq was an architect of rural development, a meritorious government servant, and a veteran Rotarian. A thinker, philosopher and guide to many persons, he was also a good planner, administrator, organizer and policymaker. He organized village   people of Cumilla to adopt innovative projects to increase yield of crop and enhance income. He helped promote self-help movement with self-management and self-reliance principles through rural cooperatives. He was instrumental in establishing Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) in Cumilla, Bangladesh.

HALL OF FAME
LAUREATES OF THE CIRDAP AZIZ-UL HAQ RURAL DEVELOPMENT MEDAL

YEARAWARDED TOPHOTO
2021

Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina M.P, Bangladesh:
In recognition of her unwavering support to CIRDAP and for her Initiatives on poverty reduction strategy and implementation of rural development programmes for improving livelihoods of rural people of Bangladesh.

Medal received by Honorable PM Sheikh Hasina on 29 May 2022, handed over by DG CIRDAP Dr. Cherdsak Virapat

Medal received by Honorable PM Sheikh Hasina on 29 May 2022, handed over by DG CIRDAP Dr. Cherdsak Virapat

2022Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Thailand:
In recognition of her role as the FAO Special Ambassador for Zero Hunger and her significant contribution to issues of rural development and poverty alleviation by promoting food security and improved nutrition and school feeding programme in Thailand and in many countries in Asia and the Pacific region.
-Waiting for the confirmation from HRH Princess Office.
2022Mr. Aziz-ul Haq (1979-1984), (Bangladesh):
In recognition as a founder of CIRDAP. He was instrumental in establishing CIRDAP in Cumilla, Bangladesh and a dynamic leader in administrating works and programmes at CIRDAP.

Medal received by Ms. Pia Afreena, daughter of Mr. Aziz-Ul Haq on 24 November 2022 from Mr. Mashiur Rahman, Secretary RDCD

2022Mr. ATM Shamsul Haque (1984-1992), Bangladesh:
In recognition of his leadership to mobilise substantial funds for CIRDAP and made the Centre known to the international community through implementation of a large number of projects. He started the Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development (APJORD) as well as introduced the CIRDAP monogramme and flag. He instrumented in having the Ministers in charge of Rural Development of CIRDAP Member Countries as members of the CIRDAP Governing Council.

Medal received by Ms. Rabeya Haque, wife of Mr. A.T.M. Shamsul Haque on 24 November 2022 from Mr. Mashiur Rahman, Secretary RDCD

2022Dr. Somporn Hanpongpandh (1992-1996), Thailand:
In recognition of for his contribution to CIRDAP through his outstanding leadership and initiatives aimed at capacity development for improving the livelihoods of rural people of CIRDAP member countries.

Medal received by Dr. Somporn Hanpongpandh on 9 September 2022 from Ms. Narumol Sanguanvong, Thailand

2022Dr. A.V.S. Reddy (1996-2000), India:
In recognition of his initiative on introducing internship for students and IRD scholars at CIRDAP. He put his efforts for mobilising funds for the projects, increasing the number of memberships, formulating a regional network on disaster management, and making CIRDAP as an international resource centre for IRD Experts and development practitioners.
– Handed over to NIRDP&R, India
2022Dr. Mya Maung (2000-2004), Myanmar:
In recognition of his contribution to CIRDAP by strengthening communication mechanism between CIRDAP and CIRDAP Link Institutions through the internet; promoting CIRDAP to become a content partner of IDRC Pan Asia Network, the UN Focal Point institution for PopMap training in the region; one of the Council of Advocates for the World Micro-Credit Campaign; and one of the UNESCAP Network of Centre of Excellence for Human Resource Development and Training.

Medal sent through DHL to his USA residence with his concern. He acknowledged receipt on 25 December 2022.

2022Dr. Durga Prasad Paudyal (2004-2012), Nepal:
In recognition of his contribution to CIRDAP through his outstanding leadership and initiatives by establishing the CIRDAP International Conference Center (CICC) with the support of Bangladesh (Host State) and ICT Center with the support of the Government of India, developing of  a strategic plan entitled “Fresh Look of CIRDAP” and the CIRDAP Evaluation Report 2009, and creating the  Regional Cooperation Fund (RCF) of CIRDAP during his period.

Medal received by Dr. Durga Prasad Paudyal on 24 November 2022 from Mr. Mashiur Rahman, Secretary RDCD

2022Dr. Cecep Effendi (2012-2016), Indonesia:
In recognition of his contribution to CIRDAP through his outstanding leadership and initiatives aimed at capacity development for improving the livelihoods of rural people of CIRDAP member countries.

Medal received by Dr. Dr. Cecep Effendi on 13 June 2022 from Dr. Yusharto Huntoyungo, DG

2022Mr. Tevita G B. Taginavulau (2016-2020), Fiji:
In recognition of his outstanding leadership and contribution for strengthening CIRDAP management process and restructuring of the organogram and to establish the CIRDAP e-Library.
– Handed over to Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development and Disaster Management, Fiji
2022Mr. Ismail Shahbazi, IR Iran:
In recognition of his excellent contribution to rural extension, education and capacity building and to assist on rural-social development of rural peoples of IR Iran.
–  Handed over to Ministry of Agriculture Jahad (MAJ), IR Iran
2022Benazir Income Supports Programme ( BISP) Pakistan:
For its outstanding contributions for promoting multi-disciplinary programme activities contributing to integrated rural development and poverty reduction to improve livelihoods of rural communities of Pakistan.

Medal received by Mr. Israr Mohammad Khan, DG AHKNCRD on 10 September 2022 from the DG

2022Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO):
In recognition of its leadership and outstanding contributions and support to CIRDAP to promote its IRD programmes for its member states since the establishment of the organization until the present time and for its commitment on rural development towards eradicating extreme poverty for all people by 2030 across 130 countries worldwide.

Medal received by Dr. Matthias Halwart, FAO on 9 September 2022 from the DG CIRDAP

2022Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) Bangladesh:
For its contribution to rural development through research and action research, many innovative rural development programmes/models for Bangladesh and for unwavering support to CIRDAP mission as an instrument to accelerate rural development.

Medal received by Mr. Md. Shahjahan, DG BARD on 9 September 2022 from the DG CIRDAP

2022The Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD) Ministry Bangladesh:
In recognition of its commitment to reducing poverty and improving the socio-economic conditions of the poor people living in rural areas through rural development, cooperative based activities and conducting continuous research on rural development.

Medal received by Mr. Md. Mashiur Rahman on 24 November 2022 from the DG CIRDAP

2022The Ministry of Home Affairs, Indonesia:
In recognition of its commitment to promote good governance, empowerment, and democracy and to strengthen an inclusive and peaceful society for sustainable development of Indonesia and for unwavering support to CIRDAP mission as an instrument to accelerate rural development.

Given by the DG CIRDAP on 14 June 2022

2022The Ministry of Rural Development, India:
In recognition of its commitment to poverty eradication and promotion of better livelihood aspects in rural areas of India for the last 70 years and for unwavering support to CIRDAP mission as an instrument to accelerate rural development.

Medal received by Mr. Mr. Shashi Bhushan, Deputy Director General, NIRD&PR on 9 September 2022 from the DG CIRDAP

2022The Ministry of Agricultural and Cooperatives, Thailand:
In recognition of its commitment to promote sustainable agriculture best practices for the rural communities in Thailand and for unwavering support to CIRDAP mission as an instrument to accelerate rural development.

Medal received by Ms. Narumol Sanguanvong on 9 September 2022 from the DG CIRDAP

2023Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA):
In recognition of its remarkable contributions to rural development through sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resource management programmes, policy dialogue and regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific Region and for unwavering support to CIRDAP mission to promote regional sustainable aquaculture development and resilience to climate challenges. (7 Aug 2023, during GC meeting of NACA, DG CIRDAP handed over the certificate and the medal)
2023The Office of the Royal Development Projects Board, Thailand: 
For its remarkable contributions and commitments to implement many royal development projects to bring benefits to the Thai people especially in rural areas across Thailand regardless of their statuses, religions, and occupations, and to alleviate difficulties of the people while bringing forth good living conditions and happiness. (Received by Secretary General from DG CIRDAP 28 September 2023)
2023Asia Ecosystem Institute, IR Iran:
For its remarkable contribution in empowering rural women and low-income people in IR Iran and Afghanistan through their projects. On 3 October 2023, during TC 38 meeting the medal handed over to Mrs. Zahra Gholizadeh, CEO of Asia Ecosystem Institute​, attended the programme virtually. CIRDAP TC​ Member of IR Iran Mr. Ali KianiRad kindly received the award and handed it over to the  Asia Ecosystem Institute
Asia Ecosystem_Iran_Received_Medal_2023
2023Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Myanmar (Medal for 2022):
In recognition of its remarkable contributions to upgrading the socio-economic status of the poorest sectors and to promote sustainable development of rural socio-economic life and enriching systematic development of the Myanmar and for unwavering support to CIRDAP mission as an instrument to accelerate rural development. On 3 October 2023, during TC 38 meeting the medal handed over to TC Myanmar Mr. Zarni Minn.
2023Ministry of Cooperative and Rural Development, Myanmar (Medal for 2022):
In recognition of its remarkable contributions to sustainable integrated rural development of Myanmar’s rural people. On 3 October 2023, during TC 38 meeting the medal handed over to TC Myanmar Mr. Zarni Minn.
2023Department of Rural Development, Myanmar:
In recognition of its remarkable contributions to socioeconomic development of Myanmar’s rural people. On 3 October 2023, during TC 38 meeting the medal handed over to TC Myanmar Mr. Zarni Minn.
2023The International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD), Thailand:
For its remarkable contributions for promoting and strengthening regional integration in the area of trade and development in accordance with the national strategy, enhancing human resource capacity building, and establishing international cooperation on trade and development in the region and sub-region and assisting Thailand on appropriate international trade and investment measures and actions and for cooperation and unwavering support to CIRDAP mission as an instrument to accelerate rural development in Asia and the Pacific. On 3 October 2023, during TC 38 meeting the medal handed over to Mr. Wimon.
2023The Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (MRRD), Malaysia:
For its remarkable contribution and commitment on prosperous, Inclusive, sustainable, and holistic rural living for the rural communities in Malaysia and for unwavering support to CIRDAP mission as an instrument to accelerate rural development. On 3 October 2023, during TC 38 meeting the medal handed over to Ms. Nazlinda.
2023Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP), Pakistan:
For its remarkable contributions in supporting the poor in improving their livelihood through different activities at the grass roots level through involvement and engagement of community institutions. On 3 October 2023, during TC 38 meeting the medal handed over to Mr. Tahir Rasheed, CEO BRSP.
2023The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Vietnam (2022):
For its contribution and commitment on prosperous, inclusive, sustainable, and holistic rural living for the rural communities in Vietnam and for unwavering support to CIRDAP mission as an instrument to accelerate rural development. Handed over by DG CIRDAP during 31 October 2023 to Mr. Vu Thanh Liem.
2023Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogura:
In recognition of its contribution in rural development through enhancing capacities, improving facilities and disseminating technologies in Bangladesh and for unwavering support to CIRDAP mission. Received by the DG RDA (Mr. Khurshid Iqbal Rezvi) on 25 November 2023.