Meeting with Mr. Fahad Hussain in Islamabad, Editor, Dawn

The Foundation’s budget analysis and social accountability experiences were shared with Mr. Fahad Hussain, Editor, Dawn, at a meeting held on 7 December 2020 in Islamabad. Fahad showed great interest in the Foundation’s work. On the need for greater media attention to increase public debate on institutionalizing social accountability and promoting better planning and PFM, he advised that newspapers look for stories/reports that are current, valid and of public interest.

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Pyaas, a Drama (Long Play)

Stories and characters from the Foundation’s Cerag project (2017-20) were woven to create the script of a drama, Pyaas, which was telecast on ATV. It showed a poor rural family being torn apart due to lack of clean drinking water. The younger of the two brothers and his wife led community action to demand the repair of the local drinking water scheme, which was approved by the local councilor due to its broad-based public backing.…

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COVID-19: the Foundation’s Response | 2nd Round of Humanitarian Assistance

Following the food and non-food items provided in April 2020, the Foundation distributed a second round in October-November 2020, reaching 2,400 families in 12 KP districts: Abbottabad, Battagram, Dera ismail Khan, Haripur, Karak, Kohat, Mardan, Mansehra, Nowshera, Peshawar, Shangla and Swat. The food items included flour, rice, lentils, cooking oil, sugar, tea, etc. -- for one family for a month. The non-food items included soaps for better hand hygiene and sanitary napkins for women. This…

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Khuli Kutchery Cherat, Nowshera

A khuli kutchery (town hall meeting) was organized by the District Administration in compliance with recent provincial government instructions under which each district must organize assigned number of khuli kutcheries (town hall meetings) and revenue darbars (revenue courts). About 300 people participated in the khuli kutchery which was chaired by Nowshera’s Deputy Commissioner (DC), Mir Reza Ozgen. Representatives of all key departments were also present. The Foundation arranged participation of its local CSO partners. For over two hours, the District Administration heard public…

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The Foundation meets its CSO partners in 12 KP districts

While distributing humanitarian assistance to 2,400 poor families in 12 KP district, the Foundation also took the opportunity of meeting its CSO partners. Implementation of social accountability actions was reviewed and the SAP database updated. Analysis of KP’s budget FY2020-21 was also shared. The Foundation also discussed project plans and the flexibility imposed by Covid-19.

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Child Protection in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Aawaz-II Provincial Consultation

The KP Child Protection & Welfare Act was passed in 2010 by the Provincial Assembly to care, protect, provide maintenance & welfare, train, educate, rehabilitate and reintegrate children at risk in the province. As required by the law an autonomous KP Child Protection & Welfare Commission was established in 2011 and given executive authority to administer and manage child protection matters. Aawaz-II organized a (remote) consultation to shape advocacy pathways to improve the effectiveness of child protection measures in KP. “Staff…

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Pursestrings & Peoples Priorities | The Foundation’s analysis of development funds – KP Budget FY2020-21

The Foundation’s analysis showed that KP’s FY2020-21’s total outlay was Rs.923 billion, slightly more than the preceding year’s Rs.900 billion. Rs.318 billion was allocated for development -- Rs.149 billion for settled districts and Rs.83 billion for merged districts. Analysing the development budget, the Foundation confirmed that in response to Covid-19, the KP government allocated Rs.24.38 billion for Health, representing a whopping increase of 79.20% from the preceding year’s Rs.13.61 billion. According to government, it is the “biggest…

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Meeting with KP’s Finance Minister, Mr. Taimur Khan Jhagra The Foundation presents its Budget Analysis & Social Accountability Actions

The Minister commended the Foundation’s analysis and efforts: “budget transparency is fundamental,” he asserted. Development and current budgets must be linked to assess the full scope of investment/spending. Trends over the period FY2013-14 to FY2020-21 confirming that more than half of the ADP is placed under block allocation underscores the need to reduce block funds. However, delays in departmental input forces Finance to retain block allocations.   Discussing the delayed upgradation of Abbottabad’s DHQ, it…

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Feasibility Study, Community Lead Project

Under the ADB-funded: Building Urban Resilient Communities, a feasibility study for a pilot community lead project was conducted by the Environmental Consultancy & Options (ECO). Due to Covid restrictions, the draft study was completed in July 2020. It was reviewed by Oxfam that is lead implementing partner to ADB, government stakeholders and the Foundation. It was sent to the ADB in January 2021. Once approved, improvements in solid waste management, sewerage and drinking water will be undertaken in…

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“Women Leaders’ Groups-She Can Lead” a Partnership Program in Abbottabad

The three-year (July 2017-June 2020) partnership programme: She Can Lead (SCL) was implemented by the Foundation in collaboration with Oxfam Pakistan, with funding from Australian Aid. Due to COVID-19, the training of Women Leaders Groups (WLGs) from Districts Abbottabad, Haripur & Mansehra only included one representative from each of the 6 WLGs. The training helped participants better understand the need for the involvement of women in politics and governance. Experiences from SCL were also reviewed…

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Covid-19 Response: 43 handwash units installed to promote hand hygiene

Districts Abbottabad, Haripur & Mansehra, June 2020 In partnership with the district administration in Abbottabad, Haripur and Mansehra, the Foundation provided 43 hand wash units to promote hand hygiene and prevent the spread of the corona virus disease. The units were installed in public places selected to ensure access for women and children. The Foundation took lead responsibility for designing, manufacturing and installing the units, while the district administration is responsible for supplying water and…

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A series of 3 People’s Assemblies on LG system

Peshawar, Kohat & Islamabad 17, 19 & 31 December 2019 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s local government elected in 2015 completed its four-year tenure in August 2019. Amendments to the provincial legislation were passed earlier, in April 2019, to introduce a new structure of local government in KP. Local elections were due within 120 days, i.e., by December 2019. However, there is no apparent progress on the anticipated electoral process, as yet. The importance of local governments was…

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Programme Review & Planning (PRP)

The Foundation strives to be a learning organization. It has well-developed internal systems for planning and monitoring including regular PRP meetings in which all staff come together to analyse implementation experiences and explore ways to improve effectiveness & impact. Better teamwork is also an important purpose of the PRP. It generally runs over 2-3 days and is held in a residential setting to encourage team interaction. The 2019 PRP was held on 23-26 December 2019…

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Peoples Assembly on KP Budget FY2019-20

15 November 2019, Jalal Baba Auditorium, Abbottabad Since 2010 the Foundation regularly analyses development priorities in KP’s annual budgets and uses its findings to recommend reforms in the province’s public finance management. The Foundation is also assisting more than 200 CSOs in 12 KP districts to use social accountability for increasing citizen engagement in governance with the intent of improving the delivery of quality public services. To assist CSOs in connecting local social accountability actions with…

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Social Accountability: Democratic Innovations

3-4 October 2019, Islamabad The Foundation brought together its 50 CSO partners from 12 KP districts to draw lessons from their engagements with governments to improve delivery of public services. Strategies to consolidate & extend efforts were also developed. Working in regional -- Central, Hazara, Malakand & Southern -- groups, participants reviewed their social accountability experiences. Lessons were drawn out and prioritized, including the following: •       Collective action & platforms: Working in groups…

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Development plans shaped by & for the Poor – Tehsil Haripur

The Foundation facilitated a pro-poor planning process to improve the provision of social services in poor villages of VCs/NCs of Tehsil Haripur. These were selected by key local activists through well-being ranking held in Haripur on 3 July 2019. This was followed by intensive training of staff and field-based facilitators (FBFs) in participatory methodologies including Participatory Reflection & Action (PRA) and Stimulating, Learning/Listening, Appreciating and Transforming (SALT). This trained team facilitated a series of meetings in 63 villages…

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WLG Training & Networking

Under She Can Lead, implemented with Oxfam and two other NGOs, the Foundation supported a series of activities involving Women Leaders Groups (WLGs) from Districts Abbottabad, Haripur & Mansehra. 27 WLG members, three representatives of women’s and HR groups and 14 staff from Oxfam and the Foundation attended the events. They reviewed SCL’s journey since 2017. Then participants were trained in democratic governance and active citizenship. They discussed the importance of documentation like CNICs. Networking opportunities…

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Mein Rehbar Hoon

The Foundation produced and broadcast a series of eight radio programmes in collaboration with Pakistan Radio on: (a) women’s political participation, (b) voting rights, (c) CNIC, (d) economic opportunities, (e) local government, etc. The programmes featured distinguished speakers like Ms. Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), and, Ms. Nighat Siddiqui, Additional Director General (Gender), Election Commission of Pakistan.

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Khuli Kutchery

The Foundation organized a khuli kutchery in Tehsil Municipal Hall Pabbi in District Nowshera in collaboration with the District Nazim’s office. The event was chaired by the District Nazim and was attended by 121 people, including 47 women. 140 resolutions were prepared for the khuli kutchery, of which about 60 were directly presented by applicants. Of these 32 related to drinking water, including demands for constructing hand pumps and repairing water supply. Calls to construct sewerage lines were also made. Citizens also demanded…

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Khuli Kutchery – Khwazakhela, Swat

The khuli kutchery was held in Model School, Khwazakhela in Swat. The event was jointly hosted by Tehsil Council-Khwazakhela, a Public Contact Committee (consisting of local CSO partners) formed for the khuli kutchery and the Foundation. 115 participants (including 20 women) attended the khuli kutchery, including public applicants, elected & non-elected LAs, PCC members and journalists. The Tehsil Nazim and other senior elected/non-elected duty bearers directly heard issues and needs of local people from nine VCs and issued directives to resolve these issues. 60 public…

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Team Foundation meet to reflect & move forward

Team Foundation reviewed the impact of its efforts & shaped future implementation strategies. Over three days, it took stock of its programmes implemented in 2018-19 and identified upcoming programme priorities. Using the framework of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency & sustainability each theme programme presented its experiences from1 May 2018–31 March 2019, effectively using photographs, animation and other material including a video. Under social accountability, careful selection of CSOs, iterative review & fine-tuning of module, consistent staff training,…

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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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Analysis, strategies, Team building and Fun
Program & Review & Planning

        A three day Programme Review & Planning (PRP) meeting was held in Lahore from 26-28 December 2017.   Objectives   Review programme implementation during: 1 March 2017–31 December 2017 Planning of ongoing projects like CERAG, SELP, AAN and She can lead. Improve team interaction and communication. Identification of challenges towards implementation of project activities.

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Oakdf Team at Mashal Khan’s Chehlum

On 21 May, 2017 chehlum Dua of Mashal was held in his native village Zaida Swabi. Foundation's team visited Mashal's grave,offered prayers and laid floral wreath for student who was brutally murdered over blasphemy allegations. A Quran Khwani was also held at Mashal's house, where his family members had gathered to commemorate the chehlum.

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