The six Regional Offices of AARDO, namely, Regional Office for Middle East, Amman, Jordan; Regional Office for Far East, Seoul, R.O. Korea; Regional Office for South and Central Asia, Islamabad, Pakistan; Regional Office for West Africa, Accra, Ghana; Regional Office for Southern Africa, Lusaka, Zambia; and Regional Office for North and Central Africa, Cairo, Egypt have been functioning at varying degrees.
The main objectives of establishing the Regional Offices are:
- Promotion of the interest of AARDO in the member countries of the region and other countries of the region.
- Enrollment of new members of AARDO from among those countries of the region which have not yet joined.
- Assisting in the execution of approved work programmes including organisation of seminars, workshops and conferences in the countries of the region.
- Identifying the problem areas in the countries of the region and submitting recommendations to the Headquarters of AARDO for implementation of projects/conducting studies in the countries of the region.
- Representing AARDO at national and international meetings, seminars, conferences and workshops in the home country or the neighbouring countries as may be directed by the headquarters and
- Functioning as data bank for information required by headquarters and disseminating information regarding AARDO's activities.
The 15th General Session of AARDO Conference held in Damascus, Syria from 15-16 September 2005 approved the following additional responsibilities to the regional offices to enable them to enhance the regional level activities:
Entrusting the regional offices with additional responsibilities namely,
- Networking with centers of excellence engaged in research and development in the region;
- Initiating post-training evaluation and providing a feedback to the Headquarters at regular intervals;
- Identifying the problems relevant to the socio-economic development confronting the region and suggesting the appropriate technical activities to address them;
- Organizing Human Resource Development activities at regional levels;
- Undertaking study visits including farmers visits;
- Undertaking action research;
- Supervising and monitoring development pilot projects.
As a beginning, one of each technical activity was proposed for each region on experimental basis. Based on the feedback from the regional offices and participants from participating countries, it is proposed to continue the regional activities.
AARDO would continue to provide suitable financial support, wherever possible, as provided for in the budget estimates for the triennium to the regional offices to upgrade their physical Infrastructure.
i. AARDO would continue to assist the regional offices in identifying the needs and problems in the region, and to suggest appropriate technical activities in the implementation of the objectives of establishing the regional offices and the entrusted additional activities, Coordination Committees for the respective regions, wherever feasible, will perform the following functions:
- The Coordination Committee will be an advisory body to advise and assist the Regional Office in the implementation of the technical activities at the regional level and in fulfilling the main objectives of establishing the regional offices;
- It will consist of the liaison officers at the nodal ministries in the member countries;
- During the meetings of the Coordination Committee, the Regional Representative will act as the Chairman of the meeting and submit the proceedings and recommendations to the AARDO Headquarters;
- The Coordination Committee could meet twice during the triennium preferably in the beginning and middle of the triennium.
The regional offices are organizing the Coordination Committee meetings in their respective regions during 2012-2014 to identify the regional level activities. Accordingly, regional level activities like workshops, training programmes are being organized by the regional offices during 2012-2014. AARDO proposes to continue the regional level activities during the triennium 2015-2017.
The complete addresses of the Regional Offices including the name of Honorary Regional Representatives who are heading them are as under :