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USAID CITIZENS’ VOICE PROJECT ARRANGED AN EVENT TITLED “TELLING OUR STORIES” AT ISLAMABAD SERENA HOTEL ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015.

USAID Citizens’ Voice Project arranged an event titled “Telling Our Stories” at Islamabad Serena Hotel on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The objective of the event was to highlight key results and impact of the Project and share the work done by its implementing partners in advancing good governance in Pakistan.
Mr. Shahid Fiaz, Chief Executive Officer of the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA), Mr. Jameel Hussain Khan, Chief of Party and Ms. Samar Hasan, Head of Communications, Citizens’ Voice Project received the USAID Mission Director, Mr. Greg Gottlieb. They gave him and other USAID representatives a guided tour of a hall consisting of visual materials and three enclosures showcasing the impact and results of the Project. A 60 feet wide display wall outlined the four-year long journey of the Project. The “Great Wall of Citizens’ Action” or the “Wall with a Voice” emphasized the rationale behind the Project and explained the voice and accountability process that Citizens’ Voice Project is implementing in Pakistan through its 210 partner organizations. A full-length map of Pakistan highlighted the district-wise distribution of projects in cross-cutting and multi-sectoral thematic areas of intervention including water rights, municipal services, energy, tax, elections, transparency and accountability and local government system. A Grants Cycle timeline depicted the number of grants announced and awarded by the Project since May 2011. Key results achieved by the Project were sprinkled throughout the wall.
At 11:50 am, the Plenary Session commenced with a welcome note by Mr. Shahid Fiaz. Talking about the project he said that, “This project is unique in the way that it has enabled citizens to become part of the solution to many of the issues this country is facing. We are now able to translate citizens’ voice into constructive engagements with elected and public officials for meaningful dialogue and decisions.” Next, Mr. Jameel Hussain Khan presented the Project’s achievements and results and thanked the American People for their continued support through USAID. Mr. I.A Rehman talked about the “Role of Civil Society in Pakistan’s Democratic Development”. He said that the role of civil society is pivotal to strengthening of democracy in Pakistan and making the state accountable. Mukhtar Ahmed Ali addressed the gathering on “Citizens’ Voice Project’s Contribution to Institutional Transparency in Pakistan” and highlighted its role on getting the Right to Information Acts promulgated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Mission Director Greg Gottlieb congratulated the Citizens’ Voice Project team, civil society organizations, citizens, and implementing partners and TDEA, on their tireless efforts to promote good governance and public accountability in Pakistan. He remarked, “Our work here has promoted improved democratic governance by strengthening the role of citizens in government planning and decision-making. These efforts lead to increased accountability, reduction in corruption and improved public service delivery.”
A compilation of video testimonials of government officials who had been engaged through various implementing partners was also shown at the event. The officials appreciated the efforts and impact of the projects and emphasized the need for continuing such engagements to bridge the gap between citizens and the state. After lunch, 15 project partners were given the stage to present their interventions and share their successes. Project partners included AHKRC, Change thru Empowerment (CTE), Center for Research and Security Studied (CRSS), Community Development Foundation (CDF), Civil Society Support Program (CSSP), Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE), Hamdam Development Organization (HDO), Human Development Foundation (HDF), Public Welfare Organization (PWO), Sahara Community Support Program (SCSP), Society for Human Assistance and Development (SHAD), Sindh Rural Support Program (SRSP), Step for Empowerment of Pupils (STEP), The Network for Consumer Protection, Umang Development Foundation (UDF). The event ended with a thank you note by TDEA Chairperson, Mr. Zaheer Khattak.

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USAID CITIZENS’ VOICE PROJECT ISSUES AMENDMENT TO RFA OF GRANTS CYCLE 8 AND ALSO EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS FOR CYCLE 8 TILL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015, 1600HRS PST

In the light of feedback received from the potential applicant organizations after pre-application conference held on February 17 and 18, 2015, the USAID Citizens’ Voice Project has issued an amendment to the RFA of grants cycle 8 on “Advocacy for Electoral Reforms”, elaborating certain activities in detail for more clarity to the applicants.

Based on interest shown by the participants, the deadline for submission of applications has also been extended. As per the new deadline, the applications must be received online by 1600hrs on February 27, 2015, 1600hrs Pakistan.

The applicant organizations are requested to visit the funding opportunity cover page of grants cycle 8 to see the amendment. In this regard, all those organizations which have already submitted their applications to the system, should submit a revised proposal in the light of the amendment. Please note that while submitting the application, receipt of amendment must be acknowledged by the applicant organization.

To apply for grants cycle 8 grants please visit the funding opportunity cover page.

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USAID CITIZENS’ VOICE PROJECT IS SOLICITING APPLICATIONS UNDER ITS GRANT CYCLE 8(OPEN) AND 9(CLOSED).

ISLAMABAD – February 08, 2015: USAID Citizens’ Voice Project has started inviting applications for civil society advocacy grants under its eights (8th) and ninth (9th) grants cycles in the thematic areas of “Advocacy for Electoral Reforms” and “Improved Enabling Environment for CSOs” respectively.

Grants Cycle 8 – Advocacy for Electoral Reforms (up to 30 grants)

Applications are invited from organizations to work in any of the designated clusters provided in the RFA. Each applicant should prioritize ONE cluster of geographically congruent districts. This solicitation does not cover FATA, PATA, AJ&K and GB.

Grants Cycle 9 – Improved Enabling Environment for CSOs (One grant)
Applications are invited from all over the country for implementing a project with focus on laws related to CSOs.

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