Under the project “Enhancing the Capacities for Transparent and Accountable Local Governance”, a baseline assessment was conducted in all the project target districts, including Badin, Thatta and Karachi of Sindh province and Multan, Khanewal and Muzaffargarh of Punjab province. The objective of the baseline assessment was to know the perception of the CBOs and the local politicians on the Right to Information (RTI) / Freedom of Information (FOI) and District Budget Tracking and Accountability at local levels. In total 188 participants attended all the 18 FGDs wherein the ratio of males and females were 72% and 28% respectively. The baseline assessment was conducted from 28th May, 2015 to 5th June, 2015.
AAWAZ PROVINCIAL DIALOGUE MEETING ON ‘EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION AND PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN LG ELECTIONS IN PUNJAB’
It was debated and discussed that according to the Article 140-A of the Constitution makes it mandatory for all the provincial governments in the country to establish local government systems and devolve administrative, financial responsibility and authority to the elected representatives of the local bodies, with increased representation of women and excluded groups in local governments by amending Article 32 of the Constitution. It is the responsibility of provincial governments to provide safe environment for women and minorities so that they may play effective and constructive role in development process. These ideas were expressed by different representatives of political parties. AmnaUlfat PML(Q) UzmaBukhari PML(N), Dr. Semi Bukhari Pakistan Vice (PTI), Humaira Tariq and Aafiaserwer from Jamaat e Islami, Mehnaz Rafi human rights activist/Ex-MNA, Sunila Ruth MPA, PTI(minority seat) , Salman Abid Regional head (SPO), Mumtaz Mughal provincial manager Aurat foundation, ZakirShaheen provincial manger SAP PK addressed as guest speakers at the provincial meeting. A brief reflection session was held taking comments and questions from audiences.
To strengthen and support community organizations and public interest institutions of Pakistan for the benefit of poor and disadvantaged sections of society for sustainable development through a participatory approach.
A democratic, socially just and tolerant society guided by participatory principles, which realizes the full potential of its people and their aspirations for sustainable and self reliant development.