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Funded by UKAid through the Department for International Development (DFID), AAWAZ has been conceived initially as a five-year long programme, from 2012 to 2017, with an allocated amount of GBP 34.05 million.

To celebrate, encourage and foster the struggle of women and men, particularly those from the disadvantaged sections of society,whose interests are articulated by rights-based civil society organizations, and to catalyse the process of the realization of citizens rights by the State, AAWAZ – Voice and Accountability Programme strives to strengthen stable, inclusive and tolerant democracy in Pakistan. The programme views democracy through a gender lens, and intends to contribute to women’s political empowerment, resolution of conflicts across the communities that it works with, and better public service delivery in the areas of health and education through informed and active engagement of citizens.

Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) is the management organization for implementing the AAWAZ programme, while Pakistan’s prime civil society organizations: Aurat Foundation (AF), South-Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-Pk), Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO) and Sungi Development Foundation (SF) form the implementation consortium responsible for directly working with communities. AAWAZ has an in-built facility for the continuous creation of knowledge around its themes and generation of evidence on the basis of informed social action that can influence the policy environment. These activities are carried out by the Policy, Analysis, Results and Research (PARR) facility in AAWAZ. The PARR facility is housed in Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Both consortia will actively engage,both strategically and/or financially, other civil society organisations, rights networks, trade unions, academic institutions, professional associations, counterpart government agencies, media and the private sector to further the AAWAZ cause.

Between 2012 and 2017, AAWAZ will work in atleast 7000 villages and urban settlements across 45 districts in the two northern Pakistani provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). However, the PARR facility, while focusing on the districts and provinces falling within AAWAZ’s geographical coverage has the national mandate for influencing policy through evidence generated by the intellectual and practical work it undertakes or commissions.

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    Personal Is Political

    Danish Bibi lives in UC Kuthwal, District Abbottabad. She is a member of AAWAZ Taraqiati Tanzeem (ATT). When Danish Bibi joined the ATT, she had co


    Asking For Dignity

    In the Tehsil Takhtbai, Village Patt Baba, Fehmida Begum lives with her husband and children. In the area where women are considered mostly as a co


    Basic Health Facilities

    In the UC Bagh-e-Iram of Tehsil Mardan, Usman Ghani is one of the village committees member and also AAWAZ Taraqiati Tanzeem member. Usman’s


    Land Conflict

    Land disputes can cause social disruption and sometimes loss of life. An efficient and effective system for settling land disputes is an essential


    Walls Where Needed

    Shamim is a four-year-old girl who lived in tehsil Kot Addu with her parents and two smaller siblings. Shamim wakes up at 6:00 in the morning and r


    Striving For Equal Rights

    Sadaf is a young 23-year-old woman, resident of UC Wanda Khan Mohammad in district D.I. Khan. She was married to Ijaz for a year. It was an arrange


    Girls Education: Road To Development

    In tehsil Prova of district D.I. Khan, there is a small village called Jhook Sikandar. This village comprises 200-300 households but, unfortunately


    Together We Can Prevent Domestic Violence

    Shahnaz Bibi, a resident of Basti Darbar, D.I. Khan, was married to Nasurullah, who  was  a  habitual  drug addict  and&nb


    Drinking Safe WaterTasneem is a 30 year old woman living in Union Council Noor Sar, District Bhawalnagar. She has three children, aged 3, 6 and 8. Her husband works in t

    Silence Hides Violence

    Nazakat Bibi is a 20 year old woman and a resident of UC Bagnoter in district Abbottabad. She was married at the early age of 14 against Rs.100,000


    The Wages Of Violence

    Shahnaz Bibi, a resident of Basti Darbar, D.I. Khan, was married to Nasrullah. Her husband, unfortunately, was a   drug addict and spent


    Woman Of Strength

    Abida is a resident of UC Moazamabad, District Sargodha. She is the mother of three children. Abida used to live with her husband and father in law


    Education Opens Doors

    Government Primary School Samwala is situated in village Samwala UC Majohan, district Abbottabad. The building of the school was occupied by the lo


    The Tubewell Project

    The availability of safe drinking water to the community members of Union Council Kaneeza, District Peshawar has been a critical issue for the past


    No Boundaries For Development

    Hashmin Bibi is a 35 year old woman having multiple physical disabilities. She is a resident of Village Surg, District Attock. She struggled a lot


    Women Of Dir

    The women of Dir Upper were banned to participate in the last elections of 2013. As a result, not a single woman polled a vote. AAWAZ invited women


    Petty Issues

     In district Charsadda, a conflict rose between two neighbors of village Misri khel, union council Nisata, over a petty issue between children


    Marriage Of Consent

     Rukhsana is an 18 year old girl belonging to an illiterate family of viilage Ayun, district Chitral. During her studies her

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Programme & Results

Women Better Able To Participate Safely In Politics And In Public Spaces

Women’s exclusion in the formal arena of politics is a historic and global phenomenon. Despite several international conventions, covenants and commitments to gender equality, the gender gap with only 19 percent women in the world parliaments is stark and abysmal. The gender imbalance

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Women Better Able To Participate Safely In Politics And In Public Spaces
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Women’s exclusion in the formal arena of politics is a historic and global phenomenon. Despite several international conventions, covenants and commitments to gender equality, the gender gap with only 19 percent women in the world parliaments is stark and abysmal. The gender imbalance indemocracies around the world is a continuing challenge for the International community globally. In Pakistan, there is no constitutional bar on the political participation of women as voters or as candidates. However, women’s representation in the national legislature has never moved beyond 10% until 2001 when

Citizens And Communities Better Able To Resolve Disputes Peacefully

It needs to be understood that in Pakistan, local disputes can rapidly deteriorate into violence. Family, caste, political and tribal affiliations can be a source of stability but they can also escalate disputes at the same time. In the context of increasing vulnerability and insecurity, there is

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Citizens And Communities Better Able To Resolve Disputes Peacefully
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It needs to be understood that in Pakistan, local disputes can rapidly deteriorate into violence. Family, caste, political and tribal affiliations can be a source of stability but they can also escalate disputes at the same time. In the context of increasing vulnerability and insecurity, there is a fundamental lack of trust in the capacity of existing institutions to equitably and effectively resolve conflicts. A long history of disenfranchisement, corruption, poverty and underdevelopment facilitates conditions of lawlessness, insecurity and extremism,and enables an environment that is conducive to conflict. C

Women And Other Excluded Groups Better Able To Demand Improved Delivery Of Services

In the existing top-down patronage-based system of planning and service delivery the priorities and legitimate demands and of citizens, particularly those from the poor and marginalized sections of society, are not being met. This phenomenon is further accentuated by social divisions along the li

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Women And Other Excluded Groups Better Able To Demand Improved Delivery Of Services
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In the existing top-down patronage-based system of planning and service delivery the priorities and legitimate demands and of citizens, particularly those from the poor and marginalized sections of society, are not being met. This phenomenon is further accentuated by social divisions along the lines of gender, class, ethnicity and religion, creating a vicious cycle of non-articulation and deprivation that promotes social divisions and exclusion. Consequently, socially marginalized-women, religious minorities, peasants and ordinary workers have little access to the decision-making, policy formulation and resour

Policy, Analysis, Results And Research

Policy, Analysis, Results and Research (PARR) forms Consortium-B of the AAWAZ programme and is led by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), while resource partners would be engaged on ad hoc basis. 
PARR is responsible for the following key functions:

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Policy, Analysis, Results And Research
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Policy, Analysis, Results and Research (PARR) forms Consortium-B of the AAWAZ programme and is led by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), while resource partners would be engaged on ad hoc basis. 
PARR is responsible for the following key functions:

  1. Add value to Monitoring and Evaluation generated by Consortium A partners, through the production of analysis of findings, opportunities and gaps
  2. Work closely with Consortium A partners to share lessons learned across the AAWAZ programme
  3. Commission studies