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.
1. 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
1. Mr. 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
- Mr. 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
3. Dr. 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
4.Dr. 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.
5. Dr. 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
6. Dr. 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,
7. Dr. 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
8. Mr. 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.
9.Mr. 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.
10. Benazir 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
Food 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
Bangladesh 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
The 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
The 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
The 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
The Ministry of Cooperatives and Rural Development of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar: In recognition of its commitment to promote sustainable development of rural socio-economic life and enriching systematic development of cooperatives sector and small-scale industries in Myanmar and for unwavering support to CIRDAP mission as an instrument to accelerate rural development.
The 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