Pakistan Scores 44 in Open Budget Index 2017

          Launched in 2006, the OBS is the world’s only independent, comparative assessment of the three pillars of public budget accountability: transparency, oversight and public participation. The sixth round of this biennial assessment, the 2017 survey evaluated 115 countries, including Pakistan. The OBS in Pakistan was completed by the Foundation, which has led it in the country since 2009. Drawing on internationally accepted criteria developed by multilateral organizations, the Open Budget…

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Local Government: A Consultation with Councillors , Jalal Baba Auditorium, Abbottabad

  More than 400 councillors (including about 70 women) from Abbottabad, Haripur & Mansehra discussed their first-hand engagement with the present LG in the province & recommended ways to strengthen it. This is the first in a series of consultations the Foundation will organise across KP. Final set of recommendations based on experiences of over 3,000 councillors will be conveyed to those shaping the new local government in KP and also Punjab.

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Peoples Assembly: Women’s Leadership in Politics & Public Life , Islamabad

  Awami National Party’s Senior Vice President, Ms. Bushra Gohar, said that the ECP must assert its role and authority. She commended the outgoing assembly for the passage of the Elections Act 2017. “This law will deter instances like the by-election of PK-95 in which not a single woman was allowed to vote,” she said. Ms. Aisha Syed of the Jamaat-e-Islami/MMA recommended transparent internal party procedures for nominating women on reserved seats. “Reservation of seats…

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Engaging 10,000 Young Voters Islamabad

      30 young women and men from Abbottabad, Mansehra & Haripur made plans to engage 10,000 other young voters. They were attending a training workshop run by the Foundation. The youth activists became more familiar with the importance of voting. Working in district groups, they identified priorities which the young want included in party manifestos.

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2018 Elections: Improved Media Reporting on WPP , National Press Club, Islamabad

      Hundreds of ideas for news stories around 6 themes on women’s participation in the 2018 elections were generated by about 50 journalists at a training organized by the Foundation under its She Can Lead project. Celebrated journalist/anchor Syed Talat Hussain led the training. Data on trends in women’s participation as voters, electoral contestants & legislators was reviewed. Recent legal & administrative affirmative measures were discussed, including reforms under the Elections Act 2017…

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More than 7,000 Women Registered as Voters Abbottabad & Haripur

    Round-the-clock, all-out efforts by the Foundation, NADRA & ECP helped 7,014 women in 50 very poor villages get their NIC & register as voters. NADRA officials say this is six times more than average numbers processed daily. The Foundation also identified 9,718 women who are among the 12.5 million women across Pakistan who do not have an NIC. The intensive six-week campaign was run with support from TDEA & UNDP.

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2018 Elections: the Foundation launches a campaign to assist more than 17,000 women in Abbottabad & Haripur to use their right to vote

    Celebrating the International Women’s Day, the Foundation launched a campaign to help more than 17,000 women in Abbottabad and Haripur to get their NICs and register as voters.  A training workshop was held in Abbottabad for 60 local volunteers inducted for the campaign. Speaking on the occasion, the Foundation’s Executive Director Ms. Rashida Dohad said: “we are committed to assisting women to play their due role in national politics. We will reach the…

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Synergizing institutional efforts for maximizing development benefits The Foundation’s team in discussion with CDLD, GIZ, WWH & Lasoona Peshawar

    On Monday 28 August 2017, the Community Driven Local Development (CDLD) project held a provincial orientation for district officials and elected representatives. Omar Asghar Khan Foundation, WWH, Lasoona and GIZ were also invited as they have complementary projects. Using this opportunity, a joint meeting of the Foundation, Lasoona and WWH was held following the conclusion of the CDLD orientation on Monday 28 August in Peshawar. Lasoona was represented by Mr. Noor Malik and…

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Open Government Partnership National Workshop, Islamabad

The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative for securing concrete commitments from governments around the world to promote transparency, fight against corruption and strengthen governance.Pakistan initiated the joining process of OGP with the approval of the Cabinet in December, 2016. In order to secure full membership, Pakistan needs to develop an OGP National Action Plan (NAP). To fulfill this requirement, EAD organized a National Workshop on OGP on 27th July 2017. Measures to increase fiscal transparency were recommended by the Foundation for…

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The Foundation and its Partners celebrated Omar Asghar Khan’s 64th Birthday and reaffirmed their commitment to continue pursuing his dreams.

  On 3 July 2017 a meeting was called at the Foundation’s office in Abbottabad to commemorate the birth anniversary of Omar Asghar Khan. It provided important opportunities for interaction with key activists of the regional citizen coalition formed in 2005. Discussions with the 14 women and 20 men attending the birth anniversary celebrations reconfirmed the need to strengthen the coalition and extend its outreach from the Hazara region to across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa A short…

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Helping citizens be more informed, skilled, organized and confident in engaging with elected and non-elected duty-bearers

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.

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