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USAID’S CITIZENS’ VOICE PROJECT ANNOUNCES FIFTH GRANT CYCLE

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ISLAMABAD – February 1, 2013: USAID’s Citizens’ Voice Project has started inviting applications for its fifth (5th) grant Cycle to strengthen “Citizens’ Voice for Free Fair and Peaceful Elections”. In this grant cycle worth $2.5 million, the project intends to award up to 100 grants so as to increase voter turnout, advocate against discrimination or barriers to voting, engage young voters for proactive and constructive role and to create awareness about dispute resolution relating to elections.

 

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246 INDIVIDUALS TRAINED BY USAID’S citizens’ VOICE PROJECT

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ISLAMABAD – January 18, 2013: The Capacity Building Component of the USAID’s citizens’ Voice Project has trained 246 individuals from its partner organizations till December 31, 2012. Out of these 246 individuals, 206 are males, while 40 are females. Capacity building of the partner organizations is one of the key objectives of the project and it intends to train individuals from partner organizations in areas such as finance, procurement, human resources, program development, monitoring and evaluation etc. These trainings are a part of the long-term sustainability plan of the USAID’s Citizens’ Voice Project.
The aforementioned 246 trainees were from 52 partner organizations spread all over the country. The trainings range from Not-for-Profit Management trainings, Performance Management Plans (PMP) Workshops, and Quick Impact Trainings (QITs) on both the ‘programmatic’ and the ‘operational’ levels.
Out of the 246 persons trained, 64 males and 16 females took part in the four Not-for-Profit Management trainings, 24 males and five females were a part of two PMP workshops, 44 males and nine females were trained in three programmatic level QITs, while 74 males and 10 females participated in five operational level QITs.

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USAID’S CITIZENS’ VOICE PROJECT AWARDS 20 MORE GRANTS

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ISLAMABAD – January 7, 2013: During the last quarter of 2012, USAID’s Citizens’ Voice Project awarded 20 new grants to organizations across Pakistan. This brings the project’s number of partner organizations to 52, hailing from all parts of the country. Out of these new 20 grants, 7 were awarded under the “Energy Sector Reforms” theme, 3 under “Citizens’ Advocacy for Implementation of 18th Amendment”, another 3 under “Citizens’ Engagement and Accountability for an Effective Local Government System”, 5 under “Citizens’ Voice for Strengthening Accountability and Transparency Mechanisms” and 2 grants under “Citizens’ Voice and Public Accountability in Tax Collection Sector”.
The project is planning to announce its fifth grant cycle in the first week of February 2013.

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CAPACITY BUILDING COMPONENT OF CITIZENS’ VOICE PROJECT PROGRESSING AT FULL SPEED

ISLAMABAD – December 28, 2012: During the last quarter of 2012, 145 persons from 44 partner organizations have been trained under USAID’s Citizens’ Voice Project’s capacity building component. These individuals are from the Project’s partner organizations that are working in various thematic areas across the country. Out of these trainees, 58 persons were from 29 organizations who participated in the one-week-long ‘Not-for-Profit Organization Management’ courses held at the Institute of Business Management, Karachi and COMSATS IIT, Islamabad.

As many as 29 individuals from 15 partner organizations participated in two Performance Management Plan workshops held in December, 2012.
The remaining 58 persons from 28 partner organizations of second and third grant cycles received training on financial management, procurement and human resource management in two Quick Impact Trainings held during the quarter.

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