AWAZ, a five-year Voice and Accountability program funded by UKAid through DFID to strengthen civil society and to contribute to the development of a stable, tolerant, prosperous and democratic Pakistan, which can meet the basic needs of its people and contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The planned outcome of the program is that democratic processes in Pakistan are more open, inclusive and accountable to citizens by 2017. AAWAZ is managed by DAI and is being implemented by five leading civil society organizations, namely, Aurat Foundation (AF), Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO), South Asia Partnership-Pakistan (SAP-PK) and Sungi Development Foundation (SF). These 5 leading civil society organizations are implementing this program in their relevant districts with their partner organization. PWS is implementing this program in Choubara district Layyah in Partnership with South Asia Partnership-Pakistan.
The program has four distinct outputs:
Interventions are being implemented in over 4,500 villages/neighborhoods/settlements in 45 districts across Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces. AAWAZ is working with civil society and governments at local, provincial and national levels to increase public and social accountability leading to government reforms. The first three outputs are being implemented by consortium partners, which comprises of AF, SAP-PK, SPO and SF. The areas of activity under the first three outputs will be closely linked to each other to ensure that women and other marginalized groups are enabled and encouraged to participate in community processes and decision making, gain political voice, and are able to articulate their priorities. AAWAZ will achieve this by reducing violence against women, and increasing the safe participation of women and other excluded groups in politics and governance structures. AAWAZ aims to enhance tolerance for diversity, and to strengthen the capacity of communities to preempt disputes peacefully without resorting to violence, and enable them to work constructively together to solve local problems and improve service delivery.