Democratic Governance

Pakistan faces significant economic, governance and security challenges to achieve durable development outcomes. The persistence of conflict in the border areas and security challenges throughout the country is a reality that affects all aspects of life in Pakistan and impedes development. A range of governance and business environment indicators suggest that deep improvements in governance are needed to unleash Pakistan's growth potential

The country faces many challenges though clearly at the top of the list are:

  • A national consensus is not available on many forefronts where the provinces have different point of views.
  • As in most countries, in Pakistan there is competition for power among the elite. The competition is for elite privileges and emanates from the fear that one group may dominate completely the power landscape.
  • Pakistan is not the only country where the political elite govern largely for its own good. In some ways, most states function on the basis of a compromise among the elite. In Pakistan, the extent to which this arrangement excludes the public is important. On the other hand, mature democracies show great concern for citizen welfare.
  • Pakistan’s inability to raise revenues to meet the essential needs of the state is a major reason for its poor state of governance. Government would rather lose grip on a state going adrift in terms of law and order and economic well-being, than to annoy the elite that refuses to meet its essential responsibility of paying taxes.
  • The development spending from public money remains low. In particular, expenditure on education and health is notoriously inadequate. In a number of ways, this contributes to alienation and creates a polarized society
  • CSSP works institutions to strengthen electoral and legislative systems, improve access to justice and public administration and develop a greater capacity to deliver basic services to those most in need

Outcome/Strategic Objective Increased responsiveness of citizens and institutions with integrated and participatory engagement
Strategic Interventions
  • Formation of Citizen’s groups/ watch groups
  • Capacity Building of Citizens, Watch Groups and other stakeholders ,
  • Transparency & Accountability Mechanism (Awareness & Applications)
  • Alliance Building at District, Provincial and National level,
  • Development of Frameworks (Community Engagement, Integrated
  • Coordination Mechanism & Planning & Monitoring Framework),
  • Facilitation in development and implementation of Integrated
  • Influencing Plan (District, Provincial, National)
  • Advocacy on reforms in Policies & Practices