SAP in Pakistan
South Asia Partnership-Pakistan (SAP-PK) is a non-sectarian, non-denominational, non-profit NGO that was founded by a group of leading Pakistani development and social activists in 1987. The organization’s proper functioning started after the establishment of the secretariat two years later. SAP-PK holds the mandate to facilitate CBOs in embarking upon the path of self-reliant, sustainable and participatory development. SAP-PK envisages socio-economic changes aiming at the provision of equal opportunities for the full realization of human potential. It also believes that CBOs are the most effective instruments to address community problems. SAP PK’s vision is to facilitate CBOs and groups working with the disadvantaged sections of society for their socio-economic uplift leading to empowerment and self-reliance. It hopes to foster relationships with development organizations in South Asia, Canada and other Northern countries for a better understanding of issues and initiatives concerning the empowerment of people in Pakistan. SAP-PK embarked on a five-year program to bring about a positive social change with the following basic objectives:
• To strengthen the capacities of CBOs/NGOs to be catalyst and facilitators of sustainable democratic community development and to contribute to policy dialogue at local, provincial and national level; and
• To increase Canadian and international NGOs’ involvement in Pakistan and to increase awareness of the country’s development issues.
SAP-PK comprises of a General Body, National Council and Secretariat managed by professional staff. It has translated the objectives and goals into the following four broad areas of action:
- Provide program support to Pakistani CBOs, NGOs and other civil society organizations working for sustainable participatory development;
- Extend capacity building support to Pakistani CBOs/NGOs to help them develop into viable and sustainable organizations;
- Promote Canadian and other international NGO partnership with Pakistani grassroots NGOs; and
- Promote foreign NGOs’ and people’s understanding of the participatory micro development processes unfolding in Pakistan
In 2003, the partnership between SAP Pakistan, SAP Canada and CIDA was published as a CIDA Success Story.
South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK)
Haseeb Memorial Trust Building,
Nasirabad, 2 K.M. Raiwind Road,
P.O Thokar Niaz Baig,
Phone: +92-423-5311701-3 (3 Lines)