Local State Building

A participant sharing his views in a training workshop on Citizen Engagement in Development Planning for Village and Neighbourhood Councils in District Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. © GIZ

For many years, the SDC has been involved in strengthening local governance in Pakistan, which is considered a key dimension for peace- and state-building in fragile contexts. These experiences need to be consolidated during the accelerated phasing out. The SDC aims to build the capacities of the government to develop participatory development plans and budgets that cater to the needs of the people. It also aims to increase access to justice through improved legal aid clinics, especially for women. 

In 2017-18, the KP government decided to upscale successful participatory planning tools, piloted by SDC-funded projects. Successful support in policy formulation brought the KP government to approve its first Human Rights Policy, to establish a Human Rights Database and to define the new Judicial Reform Strategy. Afghan refugees and internally displaced persons received legal protection, and were supported on access to water and sanitation, legal advice and protection against gender based violence. The SDC started to support the Human Development Report of Pakistan. Thanks to SDC leadership in donor and government coordination platforms, synergies among donors and partners were increased.