- Pakistan NGO Support Program Publications
How to Order: Send an Email or Fax 613-241-1129 or telephone the Pakistan Program Manager Isabelle Valois 613-241-1333 ext. 227 to SAP Canada with the publications you would like to receive. A fee may be incurred to cover the cost of production and postage.
Strengthening Aid Effectiveness Policy in Pakistan with Mr. Douglas Williams Director, Afghanistan & Pakistan Division, CIDA, on Monday, March 24, 2003. Mr. Williams and CIDA President Len Good recently visited Pakistan to assess CIDA’s Pakistan program. Mr. Williams briefed Canadian NGOs, consultants and for-profit organizations working in Pakistan on CIDA’s activities and challenges in the current environment as well as their findings and recommendations of a recent multi-donor meeting on Afghanistan’s reconstruction and rehabilitation. This presentation was part of an NGO consultation with SAP Canada’s member and partner organisations working with SAP Pakistan or interested in future collaboration.
ELECTION 2002: GENERALLY FAIR, EXCLUSIVELY UNFAIR Having carefully observed the acts of partiality, before and after the elections, by the government and serious procedural flaws on the polling day, we are compelled to say that, despite a carefully created impression of peace and fairness, the elections were grossly flawed and deliberately rigged to create a parliament suitable for the political designs and institutional ambitions of the present military government.
Post-Election Discussion on Pakistan: New Risks, Challenges, Opportunities November 21, 2002 from 2-4:30 PM, National Press Club of Canada SAP Canada presented our SAP Pakistan partners, Mr. Mohammed Tahseen, Executive Director and Mr. Irfan Mufti, Senior Program Manager. This seminar examined the new risks, challenges and opportunities for Pakistanis as well as Canadians in post-election Pakistan.
The Aftermath of September 11: A Voice from Pakistan. A Cross-Canada Speaking Tour with Mr. I.A. Rehman, Director, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. October 25-November 3, 2001.
Citizens and Governance: Civil Society in the New Millennium. Nadeem Malik, South Asia Partnership Pakistan. May 2000. This comprehensive study captures and analyzes the views, perceptions, dreams, aspiration, needs and concerns of different segments of 804 ordinary citizens from all four provinces in Pakistan. The purposes of this project were: to listen to citizens’ voices and analyze the nature of their existence; their relationship with the state, market and civil society institutions; and their hopes, dreams and expectations from the future as well as set out priorities and recommendations for action to strenghten the role of citizens in the new millennium. This project was funded by the Commonwealth Foundation and with the cooperation of SAP Pakistan, the NGO Resource Center Karachi and SPO Islamabad.
Seminar Summary Report on Proposed Constitutional Amendments at District, Provincial and National Level. Democracy and Human Rights Program, South Asia Partnership Pakistan. After assuming power in October 1999, the Musharaf government using the legitimacy given by the supreme court, announced two constitutional packages and asked the people to give comments and suggestions. These constitutional packages suggested more than 100 amendments to the constitution and essentially converted the parliamentary democracy into one in which presidential rule is paramount. This report details the analysis and concerns of people in Pakistan.
Summary Report on the First National Consultative Group meeting and Seminar on Proposed Constitutional Amendments. Democracy and Human Rights Program, South Asia Partnership Pakistan. When the military government of General Musharaf announced two packages of amendments to the constitution and asked the public and opinion makers to comment on it, it was clear in the eyes of critics that the general was playing an old game. Former dictators also had tried to malign democracy and electoral process and tell the people that Western-style parliamentary democracy did not suit them. Instead, Pakistanis required a special kind of democracy to satisfy the needs of its many identities. The main features of this “special” democracy is that it grants the state decisive dominance over society and it rejects the idea of decentralization of powers, authorities and resources. It preferred a parliamentary structure without the spirit of democracy that acknowledges people as the ultimate power.
Subcontinent: a history of tolerance. Qazi Javed, South Asia Partnership Pakistan. July 2002. All religions face the crisis of internal division with the passage of time, and numerous sects and factions sprout within them. Difference of far-reaching consequences sprang up among Muslims from the death of the Holy Prophet, growing into violent clashes among opposing factions as time passed. As a result, thousands of Muslims fell prey to bloody in-fighting within half a century following the death of the Holy Prophet and, based on mutual differences, sects which played a significant role in the Muslim history thereafter started to come into existence. This report analyzes the history of sectarianism in what is known today as Pakistan.
Sectarianism: the players and the game. Azmat Abbas, South Asia Partnership Pakistan. February 2002. Pakistan has experienced sectarian violence or violence stemming from difference in religious beliefs, since its independence in 1947. In the United India, this phenomenon was limited to a few states and was virtually non-existent in the areas the now form Pakistan. The relationship betwen Sunnis and Shias remained normal in the early years after Independence, except for occasional riots or minor clashes during the month of Muharram. To understand the dynamics of sectarian violence and parties involved therein, one has to study each and every religious and sectarian organization that was and is still involved in one way or the other in fanning sectarian hatred. This paper shall study only those sectarian organizations that are commonly known for their involvement in sectarian violence.
- Historical background of Sectarianism and Religious Disharmony. South Asia Partnership Pakistan. 2002.
- Impacts of Sectarianism on Social Development. South Asia Partnership Pakistan. 2002.
- Countering Sectarianism. South Asia Partnership Pakistan. 2002.
Strengthening Poor Farmers in Pakistan. Consolidated Report on the Farmers Training Program. Syed Mohammad Ali, South Asia Partnership Pakistan. The agricultural sector in Pakistan is marred by a feudal system. Today, poor farmers in Pakistan have become even more vulnerable to a host of manipulations ranging from disenfranchisement from policy-making to interference of multi-national seed and pesticide companies. These manipulations have changed not only traditional cropping patterns but also dismantled age-old social and cultural patterns of cooperative farming at the village level. To meet the basic goal of strengthening poor farmers and to address their lingering concerns and problems, South Asia Partnership Pakistan programs are tailored to educate poor farmers (male and female) and organize them into groups and broader provincial platfroms to empower them to influence policies and practices directly affecting their lives. This report analyzes the problem and suggests solutions.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. A Review of South Asia – Pakistan Perspective 2001. South Asia Partnership Pakistan. 2001. Pakistan ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 12, 1990. However, the government follow-up to this ratification has been weak and social norms defy inquiry. In a society such as Pakistan, commercial sexual exploitation of children is almost impossible to measure. This report attempts to shed light on the sex and trafficking trade in boys and girls across Pakistan, in advance of the Second World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (Yokohama, Japan) in December 2001.
The Silent Victims (Video) A documentary on the vulnerable children of Lahore, Pakistan.
South Asia Partnership Pakistan Annual Review 2001.
South Asia Partnership Pakistan Annual Review 2000.