Vintage Balance ScaleTransparency and Right to Information
Aim of this program is to work for maximum transparency and peoples’ right to information and records held by public bodies. Focus areas under this program include:

  • Policy research and advocacy for enactment of appropriate laws for peoples’ right to information and their implementation
  • Public Awareness about the need and importance of right to information and transparency in governance
  • Organization of policy dialogues, seminars and workshops
  • Capacity building of all stakeholders
  • Information requests initiative

Following are the projects under this program Area


peaceBudget Watch
Budget making in Pakistan has traditionally been an exclusive domain of the government, as people could not access or analyze the relevant information in a timely manner. CPDI has been working to change this by demanding transparency, building relevant budget tracking capacities in the civil society and articulating and advocating peoples-centred budget making. In specific terms, the aim of the program on budget watch is to:

  • Study the budget making processes at various levels of governance
  • Analyze budget priorities and allocations in the light of challenges confronted in the related jurisdictions
  • Track the use of budget allocations, identify inefficiencies if any, and implement advocacy activities to get the identified problems redressed
  • Create public awareness and promote informed policy debates for influencing policy outcomes

Following are the projects under Budget Watch


peaceLegislative Watch and 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 positively influence the work being performed by their legislators. Relevant focus areas include:

  • Analysis of legislative performance
  • Public awareness about the roles and responsibilities of legislators as well as legislatures
  • Advocacy for appropriate reforms
  • Capacity building of legislators and civil society groups
  • Organization of policy dialogues

Following are the projects under Legislative Watch and Development

  • Support Voter Education Project
  • Parliament Watch
  • Long term Election Observation and oversight in Pakistan


peaceRule of Law
Establishment of Rule of Law is one of the main challenges confronted by Pakistan. Recognizing this, CPDI is engaged in research, watchdog and advocacy work to promote rule of law and, thereby, create conducive conditions for social harmony, investors’ protection, guaranteed human rights and democratic development. Focus areas under this program include:

  • Supremacy of constitution
  • Police reforms
  • Access to justice
  • Promotion of merit and fair and non-discriminatory practices in governance
  • Promoting public debates on issues related to rule of law.

Following are the projects under Rule of Law


peacePromotion of Peace and Tolerance
Aim of the program is to develop and promote research-based understanding of social conflicts and intolerant attitudes, and then implement a wide-range of initiatives to achieve the objectives of social harmony, tolerance, pluralism and peace. Focus areas include:

  • Religious and sectarian conflicts
  • Inter-provincial conflicts
  • Improved understanding across cultures, sects and religions

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