Legislative Watch and Democratic Development
Aim of this program is to take initiatives whereby citizens’ ability to effectively watch and participate in legislative and democratic process not only increases but also gets institutionalized. One initiative under the program is to observe the performance of legislatures at the provincial and national levels, and establish interfaces whereby citizens and civil society groups could monitor the work being performed by their legislators. Relevant focus areas include:
- Non partisan research and analysis of legislative performance
- Public awareness about the roles and responsibilities of legislators as well as legislatures
- Discussing broad social issues and advocacy for appropriate reforms
- Capacity building of legislators and civil society groups
- Organization of Seminars
Projects Legislative Watch and Development
|Project Title||World Learning Legislative Fellowship|
|Objectives||The World Learning Legislative Fellowship have following themes and topics related to legislation and governance that may be included in the program, as well as those proposed by participants – multiculturalism, ethnic/religious tolerance, social justice, emerging democracies, grassroots democracy, freedom of the press, environment, building civil society, transparency and government oversight, conflict resolution, economic development, worker rights, and the role of women. The program goals are as follows. Participants will:
1. Gain an understanding of public policy and the role of NGOs in shaping it
2. Explore governance principles and practices in both public and civil society institutions in the U.S.
3. Enhance their appreciation for the role of civil society in the political process
4. Gain a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, and people
5. Gain a deeper understanding of the societies, cultures, and people of other countries in the fellows’ region
6. Develop and implement projects or programs in their home country that promote good governance, civil society, and democratic institutions
7. Effect positive change in their workplaces and communities
8. Increase regional cooperation among governments and civil society
9. Create linkages between American and Asian governments, institutions, and citizens
|Target Groups and beneficiaries||NGOs, Civil Society Activists|
|Description||To strengthen the understanding of the U.S. legislative branch and civil society’s role in the political process and foster relationships among Asian and American institutions, World Learning (WL) will select 40 NGO leaders and staff from Pakistan to join the 2012-13 South and Central Asia Region Legislative Fellows Program (LFP). The selected Pakistani participants will join their counterparts from across the region and actively take part in LFP, which is a two-way exchange project for professionals and young leaders from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and the U.S. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State. WL is an American educational and development organization with decades of training, exchange, and youth leadership development experience. Through the program 80 young emerging leaders from the ten Asian countries and 26 from the U.S. will gain knowledge and leadership skills to become more engaged in their communities, learn about their regional colleagues and discover each group members’ ethnically, religiously, and nationally diverse background.
LFP will increase the institutional capacity of local and national NGOs in Pakistan as a result of the active participation of selected Pakistani NGO leaders and staff. Through professional fellowships, experiential activities, dialogues, site visits, and training modules, participants will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of U.S. civil society while engaging in civic life in the United States. Participants will explore facets unique to each country’s history and identity, and engage in discussion and educational activities that promote learning on an academic and a personal level.
The World Learning Organization in collaboration with its partner organization Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, (CPDI) will implement Legislative Fellows Program in Pakistan. CPDI will facilitate WL in selection process of the candidates.
|Title||Long Term Election Observation and Oversight in Pakistan, (LTEOOP)|
|Project Duration||January 2013 - December 2013|
|Project Objectives||1. To strengthen democratic institutions in Pakistan by contributing to transparent and accountable electoral process.
2. To observe the pre-election and election day process
3. Advocacy for corrective measures for electoral reforms
|Geographic Focus||Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Jhang, Sargodah, Chiniot, Khushab, Toba Tek Singh|
|Target Groups and beneficiaries||Election Stake Holders|
|Description||TDEA-FAFEN is implementing the European Union (EU)-funded, Long-Term Election Observation and Oversight in Pakistan (LTEOOP) in partnership with its member organizations, covering all the National Assembly constituencies across Pakistan. CPDI in collaboration of TDEA-FAFEN will implement LTEOOP in 25 National Assembly Constituencies of seven districts in Punjab.
The overall objective of the TDEA-FAFEN strategy is to strengthen democratic institutions in Pakistan by contributing to transparent and accountable electoral processes. Free and fair elections are a vital element of democratic processes. The freedom and fairness of elections are not confined to Election Day. All aspects of the electoral cycle contribute to the freedom and fairness of elections and the democratic process as a whole. TDEA-FAFEN is implementing a long term observation programme as part of its overall election observation methodology, encompassing the monitoring of both pre and post electoral processes.
Under this program CPDI will recruit seven District Long Term Observers (for 10 months), 25 Constituency Long Term Observers (for 3 months), Two Assistant District Long Term Observers (for 3 months) and an Election Observation Manager (12 months) to execute the project. All LTEOOP staff will monitor the election related activities daily in their respective constituencies during the pre-election phase and report to FAFEN online reporting portal daily. CPDI will further recruit 4310 short term observers for Election Day observation in 25 constituencies. After the execution of election observation the LTEOOP District Long Term Observers will hold the advocacy campaigns on the electoral reforms in their respective districts which aim to reforms the electoral process in Pakistan.
|Project Title||Content Development and Management
for Pakistan Elections Information Web Portal (PEIWP)
|Duration||One Year (Apr 2013 – Mar 2014)|
|Objectives||1. To sensitize the voters community, with a focus on Youth, Women and marginalized groups, and other electoral stakeholders like political parties, civil society organizations etc. on the importance of the political process and to motivate them to actively participate in the electoral processes;
2. To provide a one-stop resource to people of Pakistan about election related news, views and Information;
3. To produce voter education material to enhance the understanding of voters about political and electoral system of Pakistan.
|Target Groups and beneficiaries||Voters of Pakistan 2013 elections, political parties and civil society organizations|
|Description||The project is aimed to sensitize Citizens of Pakistan on the power of their vote and thus serve as a catalyst in increasing the voter turnout. The project activities intend to produce a variety of audio-visual resource material to assist the voters in understanding the voting process extensively and also to motivate him/her to cast their vote. The project material, which comprises e-booklets, documentary, election jingle, democracy games, monthly newsletter, animations, online election analysis and quizzes on political concepts and facts etc, is all intended to be disseminated via utilization of web-technology as the primary means. It is envisaged that the project would connect the citizens of Pakistan in the electoral process and empower them in playing their part towards building a democratic Pakistan.|
|Project Title||Parliament Watch Pakistan (PWP)|
|Project Duration||July 2011-June 2013|
|Objectives||1. To observe the proceedings of parliament and share the reports with the voters.
2. To get the observation data on a specially designed check list based on rules and procedures of the parliament and generate qualitative reports of working of house and performance of members thereof.
3. To make the performance of houses and the members available for further research and advocacy.
|Geographic Focus||National (National Assembly and Senate)|
|Target Groups and beneficiaries||Elected representatives, Voters|
|Description||The project is aimed at getting an independent insight into the performance of the parliament and the individual elected representatives based on a scientific study that is supported by direct observation of permanent observers. The observation of the observers will be reported on a well designed check list that will be based on the rules and procedures of the relevant house of parliament. The project will disseminate observation information to all stakeholders i.e. parliamentarians, civil society and the voters. Purpose of dissemination of this information will be to bring improvements in the working of parliament and open new avenues of public accountability in Pakistan.|
|Project Tile||Strengthening Gender Legal Framework for combating Violence against Women|
|Duration||15 Months (October 2010-December 2011)|
|Project Objectives||1. To accomplish action oriented research study on implementation deficit of gender legal framework for combating violence against women
2. To capacitate the officials in legal structures for gender sensitive approach to support women victim in target areas
3. To inform and undertake advocacy campaign with civil society, government machinery and legislators for proposed gender sensitive reforms in legal structures to promote gender justice
|Geographic Focus||District Jhelum, Khushab, Lahore, Muzaffar Garh|
|Target Groups and beneficiaries||General Communities, Lawyers, Police Department, Crisis Centers( Women Protection Centers), Public Helath Department, Legislators, Civil Society, Women Development department, Provincial CEDAW Committee|
|Description||General Communities, Lawyers, Police Department, Crisis Centers( Women Protection Centers), Public Helath Department, Legislators, Civil Society, Women Development department, Provincial CEDAW Committee|
|Project Title||Women Political & Parliamentary Development|
|Objectives||1. To support a vibrant and strong Women MPs’ Caucus in developing leadership skills.
2. To Provide Women MPs Caucus with technical support in conducting researches on the topics of their interests
|Duration||7 months(August 1, 2010 to February 28,2011)|
|Target Groups and beneficiaries||Women Legislators, Police Department and Women Development Department.|
|Description||Women Political and Parliamentary Development project aims to strengthen Women Parliamentarians Caucus (WPC) by providing institutional support and building capacities of WPC members in order to enable them to play an effective role in the parliamentary processes. Under research component of the project 7 research reports were developed to capacitate the Women Parliamentary Caucus on topics as follows:
Gender analysis of National education Policy 2009
Parliamentary brief on free and compulsory education
Gender base analysis of Police Order 2002
Parliamentary brief on Women Policing in Pakistan
Towards new legislation to combat burn violence in Pakistan
Rising from the ashes: Medical treatment of burn patients and victim of burn violence
Parliamentary brief on home based workers