Networking and Coalition Building
The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) was established in 2006 as a coalition of 30 domestic non-governmental organizations to observe general elections and mobilize voters. The Asia Foundation facilitated the formation of the network. However, the purpose-based network continued its working even after February 2008 general elections and expanded its scope of work from election oversight and reforms to parliamentary oversight and reforms, governance oversight and reforms and political parties’ oversight and reforms. FAFEN is supported by the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA).
FAFEN continues to implement robust programs in-between elections that include observation of all provincial and federal legislatures, connecting constituents to their elected representatives, observing performance of the public and elected institutions and advocating for electoral and democratic reforms. FAFEN also monitors political and electoral violence, peace activities and promote active citizenry through civic and electoral education activities in areas where female voter registration is less than their male counterparts.
Since its inception, FAFEN has had many successes. The impact of its work on the processes and conduct of elections has been acknowledged by the political parties, Election Commission of Pakistan, Nadra, Judicial Commission, international observation groups, and domestic and international media.
Besides, TDEA–FAFEN has also built coalition with various universities and colleges based in KPK, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan, to create awareness on role of students in Parliament and democratic governance.
Moreover, to contribute to positive social change and achieve our goals, TDEA-FAFEN collaborates with many national and international organizations. Their support enables us to do far more than we could do alone.