AAWAZ – Voice and Accountability Programme, working in 4500 villages and urban settlements of 45 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, strives to contribute towards a strengthened, stable, inclusive and tolerant democracy in Pakistan by celebrating, encouraging and fostering the struggle of women and men, particularly those from the disadvantaged sections of society, whose interests are articulated by rights-based civil society organizations. The programme endeavors to catalyze the the realization of citizens rights by the State with a special focus on 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.
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.
Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) is the Management Organization (MO) 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 to inform social action that can influence the policy environment. through the Policy, Analysis, Results and Research (PARR) facility in AAWAZ. The PARR facility is housed in the MO under the Strategic Learning Unit (SLU). All organizations actively engage with 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.