Advancing the Responsiveness and Inclusivity of Pakistan’s Political Parties

International Republican Institute (IRI)


To support Pakistan’s main political parties in developing issue-based campaign and policy approaches in the lead-up to and following the 2018 general elections, and to empower Pakistani women candidates with the confidence and skill sets to campaign for public office and take on party leadership roles. Through this dual institutional and individualized approach, the institute will contribute to the development of Pakistan’s political parties, making them more responsive, inclusive, and better able to represent voter interests.

Advancing Worker Rights and Social Dialogue

Solidarity Center (SC)


To promote decent work in Pakistan, the center will conduct awareness raising activities for unions and labor rights groups about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and strengthen their capacity to improve the government’s SDG implementation plan. It will also support an online labor news portal, screen videos for workers to promote organizational strengthening, publish a comprehensive assessment of labor issues, conduct joint union-employer dialogue and policy advocacy, and build women union activists’ leadership and advocacy skills.

Advocacy Campaign for Governance Reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA)


To strengthen the effectiveness of advocacy and awareness-raising activities of a civil society network on rule of law and governance reforms in FATA. The grantee will organize a national seminar, carry out a research study on judicial reforms, produce a monthly e-newsletter, conduct a training on the rule of law for civil society organizations, and carry out an advocacy campaign through social media, FM radio, and awareness sessions at the grassroots level.  

Budget Research and Advocacy for Democratic Accountability

Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives


To enhance the capacity of civil society organizations to promote transparency and accountability in the use of public funds. The organization will carry out a survey and public consultations on the budget-making process in more than 100 districts; organize trainings for civil society organizations on budget analysis and advocacy; and conduct awareness and advocacy campaigns to strengthen accountability. The project will also develop public accountability tools such as citizen budgets and a budget tracker mobile app, as well as commission five research studies.

Campaign for Equal Rights

Centre for Social Justice


To strengthen advocacy efforts to ensure equal rights and protections for minority groups. The organization will train activists to carry out a comprehensive advocacy campaign for legal and policy reform in three areas: education, employment, and the establishment of a commission on minority rights. The advocacy campaign will engage elected representatives, government officials, bar councils, civil society and the media at the local, provincial, and national levels.

Campaign to Promote Tolerance in Education and Strengthen Minority Political Participation

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace


To facilitate the development of a more tolerant and democratic curriculum in the public education system and raise awareness of issues related to minority political participation. The organization will conduct research on textbook content and conduct a national-level campaign for education reform and minority rights by holding conferences, consultations, and advocacy meetings with key decision makers.

Civic and Voter Education for Minority Communities in Sindh

Development, Awareness and Management of Natural Resources


To increase public awareness of and civic engagement with democratic institutions and electoral processes. The organization will conduct trainings for youth and the media and then carry out a broad-based civic and voter education campaign in southern Sindh. The campaign will include a series of community meetings, theater performances, public forums where citizens and elected representatives can discuss issues, and the production of informational materials to educate the public about democracy.

Code for Pakistan: Promoting Civic Engagement, Good Governance, and Open Government through Technology

Tech for Change


To strengthen civic engagement and promote transparency and accountability through the use of technology. The grantee will organize a civic hackathon, conduct fellowship programs, and facilitate the development of open source civic applications that strengthen collaboration and information-sharing between citizens and the government.

Data Journalism to Foster Government Accountability and Transparency

Media Matters for Democracy


To build the capacity of journalists to produce data-driven investigative stories and promote government accountability and transparency. The organization will develop an online data journalism training course and organize a five-day boot camp where journalists will produce investigative stories related to democratic governance. It will also publish investigative stories, open source data sets for use by journalists, and a study on the implementation of right-to-information laws.

Empowering Communities to Push for Greater Government Responsiveness and Accountability in Karachi

Khuwendo Kor


To enhance the capacity of community-based organizations to advocate for greater government responsiveness and accountability and to promote peace, pluralism, and women’s political participation. The grantee will organize trainings for communities in Karachi, facilitate their engagement with local government, and conduct a voter education campaign.

Enhancing Role of Youth to Combat Religious Extremism in Sindh

Center for Peace and Civil Society


To strengthen the role of youth and higher educational institutions to promote democratic values and counter religious extremism in Sindh. The organization will develop resource materials and provide training for 500 youth from ten universities on democratic concepts and values. The youth will develop community-based projects and organize large-scale festivals and youth conventions on their respective campuses on the project themes.

Enhancing the Knowledge of Women Journalists about Election Reporting

Women Media Centre of Pakistan


To enhance women journalists’ understanding and ability to report on electoral processes. The organization will conduct seven trainings for women journalists and mass communication students in five cities to strengthen their ability to report on the 2018 general elections and issues related to women’s political participation, and to improve their technical skills in television reporting, camera-work, and editing.

Fostering Policy Debate on Open and Inclusive Democratic Governance

Jinnah Institute


To foster and sustain effective policy debate, improve awareness about key issues in Pakistan’s democratic development, and generate public demand and pressure for legislative and policy reforms. The think tank will create an online platform to track incidents of extremism and discrimination; convene town hall meetings in universities to engage youth; hold policy roundtables; and produce a report, articles, and videos on the themes of inclusion, extremism, elections, and democratic governance.

Human Rights and Democracy Advocacy through Theater, Visual Arts, and Digital Storytelling

Interactive Resource Centre


To strengthen the capacity of civil society activists to use performing and visual arts as well as digital storytelling to conduct advocacy campaigns and raise public awareness of social issues. The grantee will conduct citizen journalism and visual arts trainings for university students; hold film and theater festivals; and produce short films that promote democratic themes and highlight human rights issues.

Improving Civil-Military Relations through Dialogue and Monitoring

Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency


To deepen dialogue and analysis of civil-military relations and encourage greater citizen awareness and oversight of defense, national security, and civil-military relations. The organization will produce a monthly monitor on civil-military developments, convene a high-level group to discuss civil-military relations and issue public recommendations, and conduct research and analysis for policy reform.

Mobilizing the Private Sector to Strengthen Democracy in the Post-Election Environment

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)


To support the Pakistani private sector to advocate gender-inclusive economic reforms and to strengthen the private sector’s ability to hold the government accountable. The center and its partners will support the private sector to take the lead in advocating for gender-inclusive economic reforms and hold government officials accountable for electoral promises.

Policy Dialogue and Research on Fiscal Federalism and Devolution

Policy Research Institute of Market Economy


To provide a platform for evidence-based discussion and analysis among policy-makers, economists, and government officials on the issues related to intergovernmental transfers and its impact on federalism, devolution, transparency, and accountability. The institute will engage specialists in quarterly working group meetings, organize policy dialogues in the provincial capitals, hold a conference on the topic of federalism and devolution, and produce analytical papers and infographics to generate public discussion.

Promoting Human Rights, Pluralism, and Peace in Northern Sindh

PAHEL Sindh Organization


To strengthen the capacity of local communities to advocate for human rights, peace, and government accountability.  The organization will provide training and support to human rights groups to carry out advocacy and documentation in nine districts of northern Sindh.  These groups will conduct awareness-raising and advocacy activities at the local level on human rights and peace, engage youth in activism, and hold community events to promote religious tolerance and peace.

Promoting Pluralism and Tolerance through Music

Democratic Ideas and Values


To engage youth and activists in a grassroots campaign to counter violent extremist narratives.  The grantee will organize a series of music events in educational institutions to provide a counter-narrative to the ideology of violent extremism, to support civil society and social movements working for a more pluralistic and tolerant society, and to raise awareness of youth about ways to organize communities against extremism and for democratic values.

Strengthening Civil Society Engagement in Public Sector Accountability

Association for Integrated Development Balochistan


To promote public sector accountability and transparency by strengthening civil society engagement with local and provincial governments in Balochistan. The project will include trainings on public accountability for civil society groups, expand a network of groups that will strengthen accountability by monitoring government performance in key sectors, and carry out an advocacy campaign on government transparency and accountability.  

Strengthening Constitutional and Electoral Literacy

Center for Civic Education Pakistan


To promote public awareness, understanding, and dialogue about the Constitution, electoral laws, and governance issues. The organization will produce comprehensive informational packages featuring articles, cartoons, and videos on topics related to elections, democratic governance, and political reform. It will share the materials with mainstream media outlets and with the public through a dedicated website and social media.

Strengthening Democracy and Local Governance in Punjab

Women In Struggle for Empowerment


To promote effective democratic governance and strengthen leadership and civic participation among women at the local level. The organization will work with citizens and local government officials to strengthen the capacity and accountability of local governments in Punjab province. The project activities will include a comprehensive analysis of local governments’ performance, training for women on democratic politics, development, and leadership, as well as advocacy campaigns at the local and provincial levels.

Strengthening Grassroots Movements for Democracy, Pluralism, and Peace

Centre for Human Rights Education


To strengthen the skills and knowledge of activists in promoting human rights, democracy, and peace and promote public discourse and activism on these issues. The organization will conduct two training courses for activists, one on democracy and the other on peace and tolerance, and strengthen a grassroots movement on pluralism and religious tolerance.

Strengthening Implementation of Pro-Women Legislation

Mehergarh: A Centre of Learning


To strengthen the implementation of pro-women legislation and promote leadership and political participation among women and youth. The grantee will engage with and conduct trainings for the government, private sector, civil society, and the media as part of its long-term advocacy efforts to enact and ensure compliance with pro-women laws.  It will also organize leadership courses on democracy and activism for women and youth.

Strengthening Political Participation of Rural Communities

Political Processes


To strengthen political participation among women and rural communities in the 2018 general elections. The organization will conduct voter education and registration campaigns in four districts of Punjab, carry out an advocacy campaign to improve women’s political participation, conduct election observation in rural polling stations, and organize an annual conference on rural women.

Strengthening Support for Democratic Values and Systems through Religious Leaders

Peace and Education Foundation


To build the capacity of religious leaders to promote democratic principles and values within their communities. The organization will produce a booklet on Islamic perspectives on democracy, conduct capacity-building trainings for religious leaders on democracy across Pakistan, and carry out consultative meetings with religious political parties. Religious leaders involved in the project will carry out community outreach activities to raise public awareness, understanding, and acceptance of democratic norms and values.

Women’s Political Empowerment in Sialkot



To promote women’s empowerment and political participation in Sialkot district. The organization will conduct a series of trainings to strengthen civil society organizations’ capacity to work on women’s political empowerment. In collaboration with these groups, the grantee will launch a civic and voter education campaign in 40 communities across the district to increase voter turnout and political participation among women. It will also conduct trainings and forums to promote public accountability in the post-election period.

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