The PELP website has been launched!

The PELP Team has announced the launch of the Pakistan Evidence and Learning Platform (PELP) website, which is available at https://pelp.org.pk. The website is available in both English and Urdu and designed in a way that it is user-friendly and accessible. The contents will be updated on a regular basis, particularly on any upcoming events and announcements.  PELP is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder and multi-million project funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by UNITAR. It is the ‘systems-building’ component of the DFID-funded Multi-Year Humanitarian Programme (MYHP) 2014-2019 and aims to strengthen knowledge management processes by ensuring that knowledge […]


14th National Assembly Ends with Legislative Distinction

ISLAMABAD, June 01, 2018: Despite political controversies in the past five years, the 14th National Assembly took up an unprecedented legislative agenda by approving 205 bills as compared to 134 and 51 bills passed by 13th and 12th National Assemblies during their five-year terms, respectively. (Source FAFEN Website)  The House approved several important pieces of legislation, including five constitutional amendments during 56 sessions comprising 495 sittings, that provided for setting up military courts for an initial period of two years and their subsequent extension for another two years, reallocation of National Assembly seats among federating units on the basis of […]


Writing a Professional Email

by Safeer Ullah Khan, and Ashley Barr Writing a professional email is considered a very simple task, and we often believe that there is no need to get any lessons for this basic business requirement. However, we have all received emails that do not make any sense or have missed some of the most important information. These issues are especially problematic when sending emails to donors or important partners. Below are some guidelines for writing a proper professional email. Be Clear about Your Purpose: You need to be very clear what you want to achieve through the email you are […]


Unprecedented registration of 4.3 million women voters in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, May 24, 2018: Unprecedented efforts of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and civil society in registering eligible-age women have successfully led to an unparalleled increase of 4,307,553 women on the electoral rolls in the last seven months. This increase indicates the success of the ECP’s Women NIC and Voter Registration Campaign as only around 4.9 million women voters were registered between May 2013 andSeptember 2017. Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA), supporting the ECP’s ‘Women NIC/ Voter Registration Campaign’ initiated for reducing gender gap on electoral rolls, implemented interventions in 103 districts across Pakistan, targeting […]


Federal and Sindh governments failed to implement consumer protection laws , CPDI

Islamabad, May 22: Provision of consumer friendly environment to the citizens is the least priority of Federal and Sindh provincial governments. Despite the presence of consumer related laws and making commitments, both Federal and Sindh government have not taken any concrete measures to establish food authorities in their respective jurisdiction, this was said by Faisal Munir, senior research officer Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) in a statement. Mr. Munir stated that Islamabad has the foremost consumer law Islamabad Consumer Protection Act 1995 whereas Sindh government has Sindh Consumer Protection Act 2014 .In both cases food authorities, consumer courts, […]


Community Mela (IFC’s ‘Lighting Pakistan’ Campaign)

A Community Mela promoting the use of solar-energy products was conducted by CEIP Microfinance Institute, in collaboration with International Finance Corporation (IFC), on Thursday 29th March 2018, in Lahore. The fair brought to close IFC’s ‘Lighting Pakistan’ campaign, which was being implemented by CEIP in Punjab, under which over 25,000 households have been provided access to subsidized solar products for use at home and workplaces. “Our female borrowers faced difficulty in expanding their businesses due to power outages”, said the CEO, Begum Shaista Jan. She said that “providing energy solutions to women[-led businesses] can utilize the untapped potential of Pakistan’s […]


WAction demands legislative assemblies to consolidate, upgrade and implement labor laws

ISLAMABAD, May 13, 2018: The Parliament and the Provincial Assemblies need to improve the quality of labor legislation to make it consistent, applicable and in accordance with the law of the country and best international practices, besides ensuring that special measures to address women workers’ issues are incorporated in them, observes Women Action for Better Workplaces (WAction), a project implemented by Trust for Democratic Education & Accountability (TDEA), in a statement here on Sunday. A qualitative analysis of the federal and provincial labour laws passed by the incumbent legislative assemblies was conducted by WAction that states that Pakistan has inherited […]


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TDEA-FAFEN Launches Pakistan’s Most Comprehensive Election Portal

Election records of more than 62,506 candidates is now only a few clicks away ISLAMABAD, March 14, 2018: The Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability– Free and Fair Election Network (TDEA-FAFEN) launched the Pakistan’s most comprehensive election information portal “Election Pakistan” in a ceremony here on Wednesday. The purpose for developing such a unique and user-friendly election portal was due to the unavailability of consolidated election-related information at a single forum. To fill this huge information gap with accuracy and credibility, TDEA-FAFEN digitized the voluminous election data, which is now available for the users at the “ElectionPakistan.Com”. The portal has […]


Pakistan’s Elections Act 2017: What You Need To Know

Pakistan’s new election law has caused political uproar since its passage in early October 2017. Major opposition parties have appealed against the Elections Act 2017, with petitions to nullify the law lodged in the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the religious party Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah staged protests against the new election legislation. Escalating in late November, the protests left several people dead and hundreds more injured and ended only with the resignation of Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid. As these events have unfolded, the Elections Act has unsurprisingly come in for criticism and attracted a raft of bad press. But […]