Only Way Forward!

It is our firm belief that only a democratic Pakistan will become a developed and prosperous Pakistan. We recognize our country's checkered democratic journey, and therefore, there is a greater need of strengthening democratic and political norms and rallying for greater civic freedoms.

We work with political party and civil society leaders, media associations, bar councils, women's groups, and rights activists to promote Pakistan's federalism, constitutionalism, and democratic norms.

Focusing on leadership from the smaller districts, we provide training, learning, and exposure opportunities. We constantly campaign in favor of strengthening democratic practices and social freedoms.

Mapping Social Movements

Tahareek is an Urdu word that means "movements."

FES supported the project (2022), in which CSED mapped the social movements in the Sindh and Punjab provinces. During the tenure, the project team extensively traveled through both regions, met with the leaders and workers of the social movements, and documented their struggles and organizational evolutions.

The project also collaborated with prominent political and civil society leaders for advocacy and corroborating the gathered information. Tahareek also worked with political analysts for the social, local, and province-wide analysis of the impacts of these social movements. The project published a detailed document about the social movements.

People's Development Manifesto

With assistance from the FES, CSED partnered with the South Asia Partnership-Pakistan (2021) to hold a series of public dialogues with the representatives of civil society and nongovernmental organizations, media, and political and religious parties from 11 districts of the Wasaib (South Punjab) and prepared a manifesto for the local development.

CSED also created advocacy-oriented and localized material in consultations with the participants and created a collective "People's Manifesto for Regional Progress," which the local population would use in local government and provincial assembly elections.

The collective manifesto was also widely distributed to regional political leaders for further action.

Digital Media Training 

As a sub-recipient of DAI's Community Driven Local Development project in 2018, CSED managed the training portfolio of providing digital media training to active and aspiring journalists in five districts, including Haripur, Swabi, Nowshera, Lower Dir, and Chitral.

The project involved developing criteria to select the most suitable candidates, training and enabling them for higher impact in their professional careers. Along with the training, the project beneficiaries were also provided with practical opportunities to cover the project activities to understand and learn better techniques for digital media. The project also trained the beneficiaries in the professional use of social media.

Thirty percent of the beneficiaries were women.

Empowering Young Politicians

USAID, via the Ambassador Fund Program, provided assistance for the project (2016-17) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The project carried out trainings for the union council politicians on the subjects of understanding local government laws, conceiving and negotiating development projects with Tehsil and District Governments, understanding decentralization, and the powers of the provincial governments after the 18th Constitutional Amendment. Among the beneficiaries, women constituted 25 percent.

The project worked in six districts, most among them in the post-conflict scenarios and also connected local leaders with beneficiaries in Charsada, Mardan, Mingora, DI Khan, Karak and Mansehra.