Political Education & Leadership Development

Community Mobilization and Political Education: PAIMAN works with communities at grass-roots level through its existing network of active male and female members across Pakistan. We conduct needs assessment, mobilize communities and help build their capacities to play a meaningful role in their communities. PAIMAN focuses on mobilizing communities for strengthening democracy in the country. From this platform objective and non-partisan quality political research is carried out in the shape of briefings and Position Papers, Case Studies, Reports for the benefit of Legislators, Election Commission of Pakistan, political parties, the media, civil society organizations and the public. PAIMAN as an organization is committed to political empowerment of communities, which is an initiative to educate men and women in the art of politics and leadership through meaningful advocacy campaigns, seminars and capacity development workshops. PAIMAN as a part of its political/civic education program conducts a series of capacity building trainings of women political leaders, political activists, potential leaders on regular basis across Pakistan in Gender Budgeting, Human Rights, Gender Justice, Peace building, Gender Mainstreaming, Gender Responsive Governance, Legislative agenda setting, constituency servicing, networking, advocacy and democratization etc.

Long Term Election Observation: PAIMAN is implementing a Long Term Election observation project funded by Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA). The project aims to check election observation methodology, encompassing the monitoring and reporting on pre-election and post-election processes of General Elections 2013 in eight (8) target districts (Charsadda, Chakwal, Rajanpur, Matiari, Hyderabad, Tando Allahyar, Thatta and Rahimyar Khan).

Active Citizen Programme: This project was implemented with the support of British Council and the prime aim of the project was to recruit young volunteers and build their capacity on active citizen initiatives in Three (3) Districts namely Hyderabad, Thatta and Chakwal.

Voters List Display Observation Program: PAIMAN implemented a project of Voters’ List Display Observation Program in 13 National Constituencies of 7 districts of Pakistan. The Program aimed to increase awareness among voters and mobilize them to participate actively in the political process of the country for greater participation in democratic processes. Under the umbrella of this project male and female group sensitization meetings regarding women’s participation were conducted, ‘meet the candidate’ forums were organized and door-to-door awareness raising and material distribution was undertaken.

Legislative Strengthening Programme for Legislators (all levels): A flagship project of PAIMAN through which legislative capability-building and strengthening efforts are made using tools such as technical and policy issues-based briefings, Training Workshops; Roundtable Discussions and Legislative Study Tours, etc. So far PAIMAN has trained some 75 Parliamentarians, thousands of elected female councilors and potential female leaders in the art of constituency servicing, Legislative agenda setting, political campaign development, political fund raising, leadership development, advocacy, gender sensitization, gender responsive governance and networking.

Election Observation Program: PAIMAN carried out its Election Observation Program in 12 districts covering 39 National Assembly Constituencies in three provinces of Punjab, Sindh and KPK. The long term observers observed all the aspects of General Election 2008 including adherence to code of conduct by Political parties’, Role of Local Government, democratic system with in Political parties, training of Election Commission of Pakistan representatives, Election campaigns, complete polling process and also conducted Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT). We successfully observed the election and conducted Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) through 12 Observer District Coordinators, 39 National Assembly Constituency Coordinators, 2,520 Polling Station Observers including half female observers and 195 Mobile Observers. We carried out two Election Day press releases and published our Election Report soon after.

Voters’ Education Program (I & II): Voters’ Education Program (I & II) was launched at large level in two phases in 9 districts including Charsadda in KPK, Chakwal and Rajanpur in Punjab and Hyderabad, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Matiari, Nawabshah and Thatta in Sindh. The Program aimed to increase awareness among voters and mobilize them to participate actively in the political process of the country. The activities of the project included voter’s registration as citizens and voters, Women Compound Meetings to motivate for greater participation in democratic process, Male group sensitization meetings regarding women’ participation, Meet the candidate forums, Door-to-door awareness and material distribution. Thousands of voters directly benefited through these activities. PAIMAN registered 7,000 citizens with NADRA and helped them get their Computerized National Identity Cards particularly women in the most remote areas of Pakistan like Mohmand Agency in KPK and Rajanpur in Southern Punjab. It also helped thousands of citizens in registering as voters.

Youth Civic and First Time Voters’ Education Program (I, II & III): Civic Education and First Time Voters Education Program (I, II & III) in 18 districts including Khyber Agency, Mohmand Agency and Islamabad Capital Territory, Charsadda, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur of KPK; Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Attock, Jhelum and Gujrat districts of Punjab and Hyderabad, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Matiari, Thatta and Nawabshah of Sindh was initiated. Universities, Degree colleges and out of college youth were focused on for the project activities. During this programme 25,000 students of degree colleges and universities and over 5,000 out of college youths were orientated about the importance of active citizenship, civic participation, and the role of youngsters in the democratic process of the country.

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