PAKISTAN 2020

Budget Research and Advocacy for Democratic Accountability

Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives

$200,000

To promote government transparency and accountability in the use of public funds. The organization will produce research reports on budget transparency and public resource allocation at the provincial and national levels; strengthen the capacity of a national network of civil society organizations to conduct research and advocacy on budget accountability; expand outreach to media, and elected representatives on budget-related issues; and increase budget literacy among citizens through videos and other educational materials.

Building Next Generation Civil Society Leadership

Chanan Development Association

$60,000

To strengthen the leadership capacity of young activists and provide a platform for youth from across Pakistan for meaningful civic engagement and expression.  The organization will train youth in leadership skills and then connect these emerging leaders to established civil society leaders, politicians, and other youth-led groups. Through roundtables, dialogues, and a national forum, these youth leaders will highlight their concerns with decision-makers, develop action plans, and lay the groundwork for youth-led civil society campaigns.

Campaign for Education Reform and Minority Political Participation

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace

$100,000

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

Civic Education and Engagement for Minority Communities in Sindh

Development, Awareness and Management of Natural Resources

$42,000

To increase public awareness of and civic engagement with democratic institutions and electoral processes. The organization will conduct a civic education program to strengthen knowledge among women and youth about democratic rights and good governance. The program will include exposure visits to national- and provincial-level political and civic institutions, awareness-raising sessions, street theater performances, forums bringing together citizens and elected representatives to promote public accountability, and a celebration of International Democracy Day.

Code for Pakistan: Promoting Civic Innovation and Engagement through Technology

Tech for Change

$150,000

To strengthen civic engagement and promote transparency and accountability through the use of technology. The grantee will conduct a fellowship program, facilitate the development of open source civic applications that strengthen collaboration and information-sharing between citizens and the government, and organize events such as a civic hackathon, meetups, and a summit to promote open and participatory governance.

Countering Online Disinformation through Digital Literacy, Capacity-building, and Advocacy

Media Matters for Democracy

$125,000

To strengthen the knowledge and capacity of information producers, journalists, and the public to identify and counter online disinformation. The grantee will conduct research on digital disinformation and develop a toolkit and an online resource hub. The organization will conduct trainings to help participants identify disinformation online and teach techniques to verify information and detect digital manipulation. The project will also involve the creation of an alliance of journalists and academics that will organize initiatives to counter digital disinformation such as fact checking and media and information literacy campaigns. 

Countering Religious Extremism and Protecting Religious Minority Rights in Sindh

Center for Peace and Civil Society

$70,000

To strengthen the role of political parties and the media to protect minority rights and counter religious extremism in Sindh. The organization will provide training for members of the Sindh provincial assembly and political parties as well as senior journalists on issues of democratic pluralism. It will also conduct fact-finding missions to document violations of religious minority rights, develop policy research and advocacy materials, and convene conferences on laws and policies related to the project themes.  

Election Tech Forum to Enhance Electoral Trust and Transparency

Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability

$50,000

To improve public trust and transparency in electoral processes through the adoption of technology. The project will establish a forum that will conduct research and advocacy on the use of technology in electoral processes. The forum will carry out an audit of the use of information and communication technology in elections, produce a report and policy briefs that will make recommendations on ways to improve electoral processes, and carry out an extensive advocacy campaign on the adoption and implementation of technological solutions and best practices.

Empowering Fisherfolk Communities for Sustainable Development and Democracy

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF)

$125,000

To raise public awareness of and improve the responsiveness of government on issues impacting the livelihoods of fisherfolk communities in Sindh. The organization will strengthen civic engagement of the fisherfolk movement through community-level mobilization, build the leadership and advocacy skills of youth and civil society activists, and conduct awareness and advocacy campaigns on issues related to social justice and sustainable development in the Indus delta and coastal regions of the country.

Engaging Religious Media and Muslim Democrats on Islam and Democracy

International Research Council for Religious Affairs (IRCRA)

$269,000

To increase support for democracy and democratic principles such as pluralism and tolerance. The organization will organize a series of trainings to mitigate anti-democratic discourse within religious media.  Religious media editors and writers will conduct dialogues and other follow-up activities on democracy and Islam including a media campaign to strengthen awareness and acceptance of democratic values and practices. The project will also organize international exchanges between Muslim democrats to strengthen mutual understanding of practices and trends with respect to democracy in Muslim societies.

Enhancing the Role of Women Journalists in Media

Women Media Centre of Pakistan (WMC)

$175,000

To enhance the skills and knowledge of women journalists and media students for the promotion of democratic values. The organization will conduct trainings for women journalists and mass communication students in cities across Pakistan to strengthen their ability to support democratic values such as gender equality, public accountability, and freedom of expression.  The program will also strive to improve the journalists’ technical skills in reporting as well as producing news packages and short documentaries, script writing, camera-work, shooting, and editing for television and digital media.

Fighting Disinformation and Supporting Independent Media

Global Neighbourhood for Media Innovation

$40,000

To strengthen journalists’ skills in fact-checking, investigative journalism, and their ability to identify and counter disinformation in both traditional and digital media. The organization will develop an online media capacity-building project to increase journalists’ skills to counter disinformation and carry out responsible, ethical fact-based reporting. In addition to training for media practitioners, the group will also organize webinars on the dangers of disinformation in digital media and produce videos to promote freedom of expression and independent media. 

Fostering Safe and Democratic Online Spaces for Media

Digital Rights Foundation

$66,500

To strengthen digital security and safety for journalists and promote gender sensitive media.  The organization will provide trainings on digital security for journalists and advocate for stronger legal protections for journalists and freedom of expression. The project will also include online trainings to promote ethical media reporting on issues such as gender-based violence, discrimination, and harassment. To amplify women’s voices, the group will also produce an online magazine featuring content produced by women on issues of freedom of expression.

Improving Political Parties’ Grassroots Engagement

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$450,000

To improve political parties’ ability to encourage political youth perceptions and attitudes towards Pakistan’s democratic institutions. The institute will use public opinion research and dialogue sessions to support political parties in developing improved youth engagement strategies. Secondly, it will brief political party leadership on public opinion data and conduct training workshops for provincial and local level party chapters to improve their ability to develop messaging and policy agendas.

Improving Relations between State Institutions through Dialogue and Monitoring

Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency

$110,000

To deepen dialogue and analysis of systemic challenges to democratic consolidation and encourage greater citizen awareness of the constitutional roles of state institutions in governance. The organization will produce a monthly newsletter and videos on relations between state institutions, conduct capacity-building sessions for parliamentarians on democratic issues, convene a high-level group to discuss civil-military relations and issue public recommendations, and conduct research and analysis for policy reform.

Mobile Peace Cinema to Promote Tolerance among Youth

Center for Peace and Secular Studies

$75,000

To promote a culture of peace, tolerance and respect for political, religious and ethnic pluralism among youth.  The organization will organize film screenings and discussions on issues related to countering religious extremism and youth radicalization in 100 educational institutions in five districts of Punjab. The group will develop videos for an online civic education course to increase understanding among youth about responsible citizenship and expand a provincial peace network to engage youth in civic activism and social movements.

Music for Peace: Promoting Pluralism and Tolerance through Music and Social Media

Democratic Ideas and Values

$99,000

To engage youth and civil society in a grassroots campaign to promote democratic values of pluralism, tolerance, and peace.  The grantee will organize a series of music events in educational institutions and produce social media content 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 strengthen democratic values.

Promoting Decent Work in Pakistan

Solidarity Center (SC)

$150,000

To improve working conditions in ready-made garment (RMG), textile and construction industries in Pakistan, the Center will support local partners in developing resources to improve health and safety standards, promote bilateral engagements between workers and employers, enhance brand engagement and develop COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

Promoting Democracy through Citizen Journalism and Digital Storytelling

Interactive Resource Centre

$135,000

To cultivate the capacity of youth and civil society activists to use digital storytelling and citizen journalism for the promotion of human rights, civic engagement, and democratic values. The grantee will conduct citizen journalism and visual arts trainings for youth; organize an annual documentary film festival and a conference for political cartoonists; and produce video content that promote democratic values and civic participation as well as highlight human rights issues.

Promoting Democracy through Citizen Journalism and Digital Storytelling

Interactive Resource Centre

Supplement$73,000

To cultivate the capacity of youth and civil society activists to use digital storytelling and citizen journalism for the promotion of human rights, civic engagement, and democratic values. The grantee will conduct citizen journalism and visual arts trainings for youth; organize an annual documentary film festival and a conference for political cartoonists; and produce video content that promote democratic values and civic participation as well as highlight human rights issues.

Promoting Human Rights, Pluralism, and Peace in Northern Sindh

PAHEL Pakistan

Supplement$90,000

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 civic education campaigns in twelve districts of Sindh and three adjacent districts of south Punjab.  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 related to project themes.

Promoting Labor Rights and Gender Equality in Media

International Federation of Journalists – Asia Pacific

$84,000

To strengthen the capacity of media associations to protect and defend the rights of journalists and to support collaborative efforts to promote greater gender equity in media unions. The organization will connect international labor rights experts with local initiatives to strengthen the understanding of media worker rights. It will conduct an industry mapping, engage stakeholders, produce digital organizing resources, and conduct trainings. The project will also support indigenous efforts to strengthen gender equity in media through training, mentoring, and establishing national guidelines.

Supporting Freedom of Expression through Independent Media and Citizen Journalism

Freedom of Information

$100,000

To promote freedom of expression and enhance media freedoms through independent reporting and citizen journalism. The project will support a media platform that features independent media reporting, investigative journalism, and digital content produced by citizens. The content will focus on issues of human rights, government accountability, and gender equality that are censored or ignored by mainstream media outlets. In addition, the media outlet will launch digital campaigns on public interest issues such as women’s rights.  

Strengthening Democratic Local Governance in Sialkot

Baidarie

$100,000

To strengthen local governance and public accountability through inclusive civic participation. The group will carry out a civic and voter education campaign to increase voter turnout and political participation among women, youth, religious minorities, and laborers in local elections. It will also conduct trainings and forums with citizens and elected representatives to promote public accountability and political inclusion in the post-election period.

Strengthening Governance and Transparency in Merged Districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA)

$96,000

To strengthen government transparency and accountability and enhance citizen oversight of development projects in 14 merged districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The project will increase the ability of citizens and journalists to use right-to-information tools and improve the capacity of government institutions to comply with right-to-information laws through trainings and awareness campaigns. The organization will also work with local communities to carry out social audits of local development projects and engage government to improve democratic governance and public service delivery. 

Strengthening Grassroots Movements for Democracy, Pluralism, and Peace

Centre for Human Rights Education

$125,000

To strengthen the skills and knowledge of activists in promoting human rights, democracy, and peace and promote public discourse and activism on issues of peace and democracy. The organization will conduct two annual 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 Local Governance and Women and Youth’s Political Participation

Women In Struggle for Empowerment (WISE)

$190,000

To strengthen gender equity and accountability in local governance and cultivate women’s leadership and civic participation at the local level. The group will carry out evidence-based research on local governance and conduct an advocacy campaign to increase women’s representation in local government and call for timely elections. The project will also provide training to build the leadership capacity of elected local representatives, youth, and women candidates for local office. 

Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight of Human Rights

Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness

$60,000

To enhance the role of parliamentarians in the promotion and protection of constitutional human rights.  The organization will provide training to parliamentarians on principles and practices of human rights protection and democratic conflict resolution.  The project will provide platforms for discussion on legal and policy reforms related to human rights through community consultations, a national-level summit, and media campaigns.   

Strengthening Political Inclusion in Local Government in Punjab

Youth Development Foundation

$80,000

To promote civic participation among women, youth, and religious minorities in local government.  The organization will work with civil society and the provincial government to launch a campaign to increase voter participation and the number of candidates contesting local elections from marginalized communities. The campaign activities will include community awareness sessions, mock voting exercises, communication training focusing on peace and tolerance, and voter outreach through television and radio highlighting messages of political inclusion.

Strengthening Political Participation of Rural Communities

Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy

$120,000

To strengthen civic engagement and electoral participation among rural communities, particularly among women and youth. The organization will carry out voter registration and civic education campaigns, train local communities to engage constructively with local government on development plans, build the capacity of a national network of rural women to engage in advocacy and raise civic awareness, and conduct policy advocacy on electoral reforms. 

Strengthening Pro-Women Legislation and Cultural Pluralism

Mehergarh: A Centre of Learning

$90,000

To strengthen the implementation of pro-women legislation, build leadership and political participation among youth, and promote cultural pluralism and tolerance to curb militant ideology. 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.  The organization will organize training courses on democracy and pluralism for cultural activists and youth. 

Strengthening Pro-Women Legislation and Cultural Pluralism

Mehergarh: A Centre of Learning

Supplement$20,000

To strengthen the implementation of pro-women legislation, enhance leadership and political participation among youth, and promote cultural pluralism and tolerance to curb militant ideology. The grantee will conduct trainings for the government, private sector, civil society and the media as part of its long-term advocacy efforts to enact pro-women laws.  The organization will also organize training courses on democracy and pluralism for cultural activists and youth. The participants from these trainings will engage in advocacy campaigns and social movements on the specific themes.

Strengthening Right-to-Information in Balochistan

Association for Integrated Development Balochistan

$55,000

To raise public awareness about right-to-information policies and strengthen advocacy for stronger transparency and accountability laws at the provincial level. The project will include activities to raise public awareness on the importance of right-to-information through radio messages, community meetings, theater performances, and social media. The organization will also work with a broad-based coalition to carry an advocacy campaign to enact and implement stronger right-to-information legislation.

Strengthening Support for Democratic Values and Systems through Youth Engagement

Peace and Education Foundation

$212,000

To build the capacity of youth to promote democratic principles and values among their peers and within their communities. The organization will print publications on Islam and democracy, and organize trainings for youth from madrassahs and public universities on key democratic practices such as pluralism, tolerance, and active civic participation. Alumni of previous trainings will mentor youth and help them carry out community outreach activities and social media campaigns to raise public awareness, understanding, and acceptance of democratic norms and values.