Using its strong roots within rural communities and its in-house technical expertise, the Foundation constructs or repairs gravity-flow supply schemes to provide drinking water in some of the poorest villages in the mountainous regions of Abbottabad. The workload of women was reduced as without supply mechanisms they were forced to walk for several hours to fetch water for domestic use.
Poetry, music and theater was used to popularize alternate narratives to extremism.
The Foundation’s recommendations to assist Pakistan achieve better compliance of Cedaw General Recommendation #30 was endorsed by activists from across the province. This effort was appreciated by Ms. Meraj Humayun Khan, the Chairperson of the Women Parliamentary Caucus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Foundation helped Aman Ittehad (United for Peace) to review the National Action Plan to counter terror, and recommend ways to strengthen it.
Awaz-e-Niswan: the Foundation is bringing together young female students and community women leaders in districts Abbottabad and Haripur, and assisting them in increasing their political participation.
The Foundation is helping citizens be more informed, skilled, organized and confident in engaging with elected and non-elected duty-bearers, to stimulate public demand, and, to put pressure on the government to deliver quality services. The Foundation also helps strengthen the supply side of the governance equation by assisting public representatives and government officials to be more responsive to citizens.
The Foundation trained nearly 2,000 elected councilors in District Abbottabad. They become more familiar with their roles and responsibilities defined under Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Local Government Act 2013. They also learnt budgeting and participatory planning skills.
Since 2010, the Foundation is collecting the data for the global Open Budget Survey that provides important information to improve budget transparency at the federal level.
Activists from Kohistan, Battagram, Abbottabad, Haripur and Islamabad were brought together to learn from their social accountability experiences.
With the Foundation’s assistance, citizens are engaging in governance and asserting their rights. They are important milestones in a longer journey of strengthening democracy in Pakistan. Their successes at the facility level are impressive. A THQ in Pattan is operational, nine years after it was constructed. A RHC in rural Abbottabad is now a D-Type hospital, eight years after its upgradation was approved. The provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is allocating funds for reconstructing schools…