The Citizens’ Voice Project aims to promote greater civic participation and oversight of government in Pakistan. The Project has the following three main objectives:
STRENGTHENED VOICE (POLICY ADVOCACY AND GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT)
In order for citizens’ voices to be heard in public decision-making spheres, their inputs must be strategic, relevant, and based on evidence. Gathering evidence, formulating relevant analysis, and planning strategic advocacy requires effective access to public information and systematic monitoring of government performance.
IMPROVED ACCOUNTABILITY (PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS)
Citizens’ Voice Project supports civil society initiatives to assess government performance on specific
themes as well as well-informed efforts to advocate for changes in law, policy and government action.
Citizen advocacy and calls for accountability can only be effective if the state has the capacity to respond. Citizens’ Voice Project promotes productive partnerships between the state and non-state actors, facilitating effective working relationship to enhance government’s ability to provide basic services and be responsive to citizens.
Over time, the Project has helped to institutionalize these changes in public decision-making mechanisms, program planning and implementation, and oversight.
ENHANCED CAPACITY (ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT & TARGETED TRAININGS)
For civic engagement to be effective, civil society groups need to be well-respected. Earning a reputation for integrity requires that civil society groups are transparent and accountable. These qualities depend on an organization’s ability to manage its internal operations professionally, consistent with internationally-accepted standards.
Citizens’ Voice Project aims to enhance the organizational capacity of civil society actors through organizational development and targeted trainings.