AAWAZ is a five-year programme to strengthen democratic processes in Pakistan by making it more open, inclusive and accountable to citizens. It is funded by DFID and managed by DAI. The programme is being implemented in 45 districts across Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces by Aurat Foundation, SAP-Pk, SPO and Sungi Development Foundation. The programme’s objectives are to make the Pakistani state more receptive to the demands of the population by seeking to create awareness amongst the population whilst giving citizens and communities the skills to bring about change. A great emphasis on this programme is to eradicate violence against women.
⦁ Women batter able to participate in politics and in public spaces at federal, provincial and local levels in KPK and Punjab. ⦁ Citizen and communities better able to resolve disputes peacefully, and work together for commonsolution in KPK and Punjab. ⦁ Women and other excluded groups better able to demand improved delivery of services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwan and Punjab.
Additional objectives are to increase civil society organisations’ capacity to influence government policy and hold it more accountable for its results. It will also seek to ensure that marginalised groups are given a voice and become more involved in the decision making process whilst becoming more engaged in politics. The aim of this project will be to serve as a management agency that will manage grant funds, provide technical support to build CSO capacity whilst building monitoring and evaluation capacity.