AAWAZ Voice and Accountability Program (2013-2017) by SAP-PK

CHANAN is an implementing Partner of South Asia Partnership SAP to implement AAWAZ Program in District Lahore, CHANAN is implementing this program in partnership with SAP-PK in two Union Council UC 139 and Cantonment Lahore.

The AAWAZ programme is a five-year Voice and Accountability programme to strengthen civil society, funded by DFID and managed by DAI. It works to strengthen democratic processes in Pakistan to make them more open, inclusive and accountable to citizens. The AAWAZ programme is facilitated by a Management Organisation Office, established by DAI, responsible for ensuring coordination among the implementing partners; consistent, high-standard technical quality backstopping that meets programme objectives and deliverables; and, overall financial management and compliance with DFID procedures. The programme has three distinct components in Consortium A; Gender, Conflict Resolution and Citizens Engagement, to be implemented in 45 districts across Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

AAWAZ will work with civil society and governments at local, provincial and national levels. The areas of activity under the first three outputs will be closely linked to each other, to ensure that women and other marginalized groups become more strongly encouraged in community processes and decision making, gain political voice and are able to articulate priorities.

The goal of AAWAZ is a stable, tolerant, prosperous and democratic Pakistan which meets the basic needs of its people and achieves the MDGs. The outcome of the programme is that democratic processes in Pakistan are more open, inclusive and accountable to citizens by 2017.

AAWAZ aims to achieve this by reducing violence against women, and increasing the safe participation of women and other excluded groups in politics and governance structures and government. AAWAZ aims to enhance tolerance of diversity and strengthen the capacity of communities to resolve disputes peacefully without resort to violence, and work constructively together to solve local problems and improve service delivery.