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Pakistan

Pakistan faces serious governance, security, social, and economic challenges. Our efforts build trust and credibility between citizens and the state, and make democratic processes more open, inclusive, efficient and accountable to citizens. We work with local partners to promote democratic and political reforms and inclusive citizenship, including greater participation of women in elections, and enhance the abilities of local institutions to meet development needs. Read country overview.

Read about the Foundation's history in Pakistan in our publication "The Asia Foundation Celebrates 60 Years in Pakistan." Since 1954, The Asia Foundation has remained committed to Pakistan's development, providing continuous support throughout the country's varied history. This booklet describes the breadth of the Foundation's evolving assistance to Pakistan against the background of the political and social changes that the country has experienced.

CRITICAL ISSUE: EXCLUSION OF WOMEN FROM POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC LIFE

Pakistan faces serious governance, security, social, and economic challenges, and our efforts bridge the gap between citizens and government, foster human rights and social inclusion, and enhance the abilities of local institutions to meet development needs. Women's political participation is a priority of the Foundation's governance work and last year we supported a nationwide voter registration to mobilize women's participation in the 2013 election, following the first civilian government transition in 65 years. Door-to-door voter education efforts were launched at more than 500 polling areas. Nearly 400,000 women turned out to vote, many of whom were issued computerized national identity cards, some for the first time in their lives. Even in villages known for restrictions on women, we worked with local partners to help broker agreements so that women could cast their votes. We supported efforts to include women throughout the entire electoral process, from deploying women as Election Day observers, to training for female political leaders and party members.

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