Citizens Action for Democratic Governance in Pakistan (CADGP)
May 01, 2015 – March 31, 2016
The Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) is implementing Citizens’ Action for Democratic Governance (CADG) through the member organizations of the Free and fair Election Network (FAFEN) from May 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 in order to sustain and strengthen its core programme activities and prepare for a longer-term future programming. This project builds on the successes of “Supporting Transparency, Accountability and Electoral Processes in Pakistan” (STAEP) programme and represents the planned core election-related programming and activities. TDEA-FAFEN, through this funding, will work to strengthen its key areas of election-related, institutional oversight and citizen demand work, knitting together its election and between-elections initiatives and building on its track record of uniquely successful electoral and democratic reform advocacy.
The project follows DFID support to the “Supporting Transparency, Accountability and Electoral Processes in Pakistan” project (2011-2014) and European Union’s Long-Term Election Observation and Oversight Project (2012-2014). Both projects were implemented by FAFEN. Learning from STEAP, the proposed action will have increased focus on more representative citizens’ groups for greater community buy-in; ensure increased participation of women and other socially marginalised section of society, and to create synergies with organizations working on similar issues. To bring the issues of governance to political mainstream, TDEA-FAFEN will further streamline and strengthen its work with political parties through increased engagement at all levels.
Between elections, it is essential to continue laying the foundation for successful administration of elections and greater public participation in electoral processes. The one-year project is designed to enable FAFEN to continue to play its role in influencing the current public and political discourse on electoral reforms on the basis of the findings of its extensive election observation of the 2013 General Election and evidence-based recommendations. In addition, a continued independent oversight of by-elections as well as electoral processes as important as registration of voters, delimitation etc. is needed to provide unbiased information and recommendations for improvements to the legislatures and the election management body. FAFEN has successfully implemented its electoral reform agenda as well as inclusion of critical election-related reforms in the 18th Constitutional Amendment.
The primary implementing partners for the project are civil society organizations including professional associations, target populations of traditionally disenfranchised citizens including youth, women and religious minorities and the poor. The project will directly involve elected representatives, government officials, political parties, religious leaders and the election administration at national, provincial and district levels. It will take into account related initiatives by other agencies to avoid duplication and build synergies.
The primary focus of the programme will be on developing new, and strengthening existing relationships between rights-holders and duty-bearers, to enable citizens’ voices to be channeled into administrative, regulatory and legislative reforms, enabling improved electoral, legislative and local governance. These approaches will deliver increased value for money for donors and more sustainable civil society voice and accountability in Pakistan.