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Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are added the following fiscal year.

Displaying 136 Projects

Projects : Pakistan

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Advancing Human Rights and Women's Rights within an Islamic Framework across South Asia

Promoting gender equity and women's rights within an Islamic framework in South Asia as part of a regional program across Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan through: developing a training curriculum for Muslim leaders on women's human rights; fostering an exchange of ideas and discourse in South Asia on the relationship of Islam, human rights, and women's rights; creating a locally appropriate training curriculum for religious leaders in South Asia to advance social justice for women; and expanding and strengthening regional networks of Muslim scholars and leaders working to advance women's rights in the context of Islam.

Total Expenditures: $10,719


Books for Asia

Acquisition and distribution of 27,809 books and journals to 176 schools, universities, public libraries, and other institutions throughout Pakistan.

Total Expenditures: $37,425

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation

Bright Star Mobile Library

Providing books and library services to children of primary schools in the rural areas of Islamabad where they do not have library facilities for their students. Cultivating and developing reading habits among young students.

Total Expenditures: $8,341

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation

Cost of Economic Non-Cooperation to Consumers in South Asia (COENCOSA) Phases 1 & 2

Conducting a study to highlight the gains that would accrue to consumers of five South Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) from enhanced regional trade integration. Presenting major findings of the study at a regional meeting in Kathmandu in February 2012. Building upon the results of the research, deciding that next phase activities would be result- and action-oriented, focusing on procedural non-tariff barriers and on awareness raising, including media coverage, networking and advocacy within each of the five countries and across the concerned countries.


DFID Partnership Program Agreement: Conflict and Security Programs

Regional partnership with the Department for International Development, U.K. (DFID), including seven countries (Pakistan, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Thailand, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka), that is working to improve state-society relations in conflict-affected areas throughout the region. Helping to reduce mistrust and alienation between conflict-affected communities and state authorities. Strengthening and expanding locally driven efforts to improve governance and resolve disputes. Contributing to improved understanding of aid effectiveness in conflict-affected and fragile states.


DFID Preferred Partnership Agreement (Conflict)

District-level mapping of state-society relations and political-economy analysis in two districts in Pakistan to obtain a nuanced understanding of local political dynamics and a detailed account of the factors that influence state-society interaction.


Gender Equity Program

Enhancing gender equity by expanding women's access to justice and human rights. Increasing women's empowerment by expanding their knowledge of their rights. Combating gender-based violence. Strengthening the capacity of Pakistani organizations to advocate for gender equity, women's empowerment, and the elimination of gender-based violence.

Local Partners:

Aurat Foundation; Anjuman Falah-o-Bahbood Aid Council (AFAC); Agosh Welfare Society & Development Association; AID Balochistan; Masoom Rights Development Society; Al Asar Development Organization; Al Mehboob Welfare Society; Association for Gender Awareness and Human Empowerment; Association of Global Humanists & Ethics; Aurat Association; Aware Girls; Awareness on Human Rights, Social Development and Active Society (AHSAS); Association Behavior for Knowledge Transformation; Azat Foundation; Balochistan Social Development Program; Bargad Youth Organization; Bhittai Social Welfare Association; Black Box Sounds;  Center for Excellence for Women's Studies, University of Karachi; Change through Empowerment; Community Support Concern; Community Support Foundation; Dehi Ijtamai Taraqati Social Workers Council; Dehi Samaji Taraqiati Council; Department of Gender Studies, University of the Punjab; Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment; Dir Area Development Organization; Drugs & Narcotics Educational Services for Humanity; First Women Bank Limited, Forum; Foundation for Integrated Development Action; Gender Development Studies Department, University of Balochistan; Governance Institutes Network International; Grass-Root Organization for Human Development; Gul Welfare Organization; Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS); HWA Foundation; Kainaat Development Association; Legal Rights Forum; Makran Resource Center Turbat; Management and Development Foundation; Ministry of Human Rights; Ministry of Women's Development; Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Center; Oasis Development Foundation; Pak Women; Pakistan Youth League; Participatory Educational and Community Empowerment (PEACE); Publishing Extension Network; Quaid e Azam Law College; Roshan Youth Welfare Organization; Sami Foundation; Semiotics Consultants; Shah Sachal Sami Foundation; Sindh Development Society; Sindh Development Society; Society for Advancement of Community Health, Education & Training; Society for Awareness, Advocacy and Development (SAAD); Society for Empowering Human Resources (SEHER); Society for Human Interest and Neglected Environs; Society for Uplifting Community; Soofi Sachal Sarmast Welfare Association; South Punjab NGO; Step Towards Empowerment of Pupils; Strengthening Participatory Organization; University of the Punjab; Women Social Organization; Women Welfare Organization Poonch; Youth Association for Development; Youth Organization; Youth Resource Center.

Total Expenditures: $3,896,430

Funding Sources:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Human Rights Fund II

Enhancing civil society's capacity to promote human rights in three key areas: the rights of religious minorities, freedom from torture and other rights relating to prisoners, and economic rights of women and other marginalized groups.

Local Partners:

Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Resettlement; Homenet Pakistan; Human Development Organization; National Organization for Working Communities; Pakistan Institute of Labour Education & Research (PILER); Potohar Development Organization

Total Expenditures: $231,094

Funding Sources: Expenditures:
Royal Netherlands Embassy, in Pakistan$202,790
Congressional appropriation$28,304

Improving Elections and Strengthening Democracy in South Asia

Enhancing the transparency and legitimacy of scheduled and unscheduled elections in South Asia through cost-effective Asian international observation. Building community-service organizations (CSOs) education and election monitoring capacity by facilitating regional cooperation and information sharing. Improving the quality of planned and unplanned elections in South Asia by providing targeted sub-grants to local CSOs for priority voter education and election observation.

Local Partner:

Free and Fair Elections Network (FAFEN)

Total Expenditures: $1,002

Funding Sources:
United States Department of State

Mapping Health Innovations in Pakistan

Researching private healthcare providers in Pakistan and documenting their experiences and challenges. Identifying opportunities for replication and scaling up of innovative project approaches. Supporting efforts to finance innovative programs geared toward equitable expansion of private sector initiatives for pro-poor health service delivery.

Total Expenditures: $21,558

Funding Sources:
The Rockefeller Foundation
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