Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives

Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) is an independent, non-partisan and a not-for-profit civil society organization working on issues of peace and development in Pakistan. It is registered UNDER SECTION 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984). It was established in September 2003 by a group of concerned citizens who realized that there was a need to approach the issues of peace and development in an integrated manner. CPDI is a first initiative of its kind in Pakistan. It seeks to inform and influence public policies and civil society initiatives through research-based advocacy and capacity building in order to promote citizenship, build peace and achieve inclusive and sustainable development. Areas of special sectoral focus include promotion of peace and tolerance, rule of law, transparency and access to information, budget watch and Legislative Watch and Development. CPDI envisions a world that guarantees rule of law, protects human and civil rights, embraces diversity of views, supports vulnerable people and provides optimum conditions in which each individual can realise his or her full potential. CPDI aspires to become a national and international leader in advocacy. We resolve to build on its reputation for informing and influencing public policies and initiatives through research based championship of rights based campaigns. We are determined to continue our engagement with the people and the Government of Pakistan, and to promote active citizenship in all its forms. CPDI specializes in five sectors of development: Promotion of Peace and Tolerance, Rule of Law, Transparency and Right to Information, Budget Watch, Legislative Watch and Democratic Development.
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Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA)

Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) is not-for-profit, non-governmental, civil society organization working for promotion of public accountability and good governance. CGPA was established in 2011, and registered on January 31, 2012 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. CGPA is governed by board of directors, comprises of seven members. The establishment of CGPA stems from the realization that failure of governance and lack of public accountability have caused serious damages to the trust between state and society in Pakistan. The importance of good governance and public accountability for stabilization and conflict transformation cannot be overlooked. This is specifically true about the areas which are worst affected by conflict in Pakistan.

CGPA approaches the issue of conflict and underdevelopment through re-inaugurating citizens’ trust on state. This is done through articulating and promotion of citizens’ voices on key governance issues and strengthening state response to citizens’ grievances. Generating active and responsible citizenry is central to CGPA strategy for public accountability. CGPA believes on constructive engagement with state entities for promotion of organization’s objectives.
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Individualland Pakistan is a research based consultancy and advocacy group working since 2007. We have a demonstrated expertise of working on peace building and counter violent extremism initiatives with various demographics such as youth, women, and children as part of our work supported by USAID, EU, NED. We have also engaged parliamentarians and clerics using publications, audio-visual tools as well as utilized social media to disseminate well researched peace messages.

Following are the thematic areas Governance, Democratic Reforms, Conflict Resolution/Counter Radicalization, Liberalism, Democratic Policing/Police Reforms, Right to Information, Media Communication Skills Trainings, Investigative Journalism, Torture and Gender.
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IRADA is a Pakistan-based registered independent social and policy development organization aimed at catalysing participatory reform and development through innovative research, proactive policy strategies and vigorous capacity building initiatives.

Democracy and Governance: Promoting a rights-based approach to policies supporting political pluralisms, participation and inclusion of both mainstream and marginalized communities in representative parliamentary democracy and effective governance policies, procedures and practices. 
Transparency and Accountability: Supporting responsive governance structures through policy and procedural reforms and an enabling policy environment for accountable state and federating units that can promote citizen-state trust.
Devolution and Local Empowerment: Promoting greater devolution of policy and practice through an enabling legal framework and judicious distribution of resources and powers among the federating units to strengthen local governance.
Freedom of Expression and Right to Information: Supporting pluralistic participation in political and socio-economic development of all citizens, especially marginalized and minority communities and groups through an enabling media and communications regulatory regime.
Social and Political Reforms: Promoting a rights-based polity and civic participation in development through social and political reforms and fair access to state resources and opportunities for equitable development and progress. 
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Peace & Justice Network

Peace & Justice Network (PJN) is a national alliance of civil society organizations (CSOs), registered under Section 42 as a not-for-profit with the SECP, working together across Pakistan (in all provinces and territories, including GB and AJK) to advance SDG16+ to promote peace, justice, human rights and inclusive societies, and to help enhance and strengthen open government, constitutional governance and the rule of law. PJN’s national framework to achieve SDG16+ 2030 Agenda, with its principle of leaving no one behind, is intimately linked with the recognition of human rights and the guarantee of non-discrimination and equality for all, with a particular focus on youth, women, religious minorities, transgender community, and people with special needs.

The PJN includes over 50 civil society organizations, including local and grassroots groups, provincial, national, and thematic CSOs, and independent think tanks, operating in every region of Pakistan, with PJN’s work evolving to not only coordinate collective national advocacy on behalf of its members, but also provide indirect or direct support to its members to advance SDG16+ 2030 Agenda promotion, accountability and implementation in their own local contexts.
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Parliamentarians Commission for Human Rights (PCHR)

The Parliamentarians Commission for Human Rights (PCHR)

The Parliamentarians Commission for Human Rights (PCHR) is a voluntary organization comprising members of Pakistani Parliament from all the major political parties and four provinces of Pakistan. These Parliamentarians have joined their hands together for the sole aim of protection and promotion of Human Rights through the parliament. The Commission’s understanding of Human Rights is based upon the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other principal Human Rights instruments. We believe that, by and large, this internationally recognized framework of Human Rights is fully compatible with Islam and the Muslims have indeed a religious duty to strive for a just society, where rights of all citizens, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, are guaranteed.

The Commission believes that the Parliamentarians have a particular responsibility to use their position as public representatives to help in the attainment of those rights that have too long been denied to our people. Members of the Commission are promoting Human Rights in all aspects of their role as Parliamentarians, whether in leading public debate, in making and amending legislation or in scrutinizing the performance of public bodies. In the arena of Human Rights, Commission is facing a multidimensional challenging situation in Pakistan, which involves almost all legal, social, economic and cultural aspects of Human life. The Commission intends to be extremely vigilant and responsive to the complaints pertaining to all these aspects of Human Rights.

The commission also recognizes the valuable contribution that is being made by numerous organizations and individuals, in public as well as private sectors, in the field of Human Rights. It wishes to ensure that the Parliamentarians use their distinctive role to complement and strengthen the work of Human Rights activists throughout the country.
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