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National Convention of Civil Society organisations held

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Islamabad, July 19, 2013 (PPI-OT): Over the past 18 months, 160 grassroots organisations in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been strengthened through the EU-funded project “Capacity Building of Local Grassroots Organisations in Governance, Transparency and Gender Sensitisation”.Community-based civil society organisations operating across Pakistan came together during the first week of July 2013 in Islamabad for a National Convention of Civil Society Organisations. The event was attended by over 500 people representing grassroots community organisations, local, provincial and federal governments, and the donor community.

The convention was organised by the Rural Support Programmes Network. In Pakistan, Rural Support Programmes have a long history of mobilising rural communities at neighbourhood, village and Union Council levels. Once organised, the communities are then capable to better identify and address communal problems, as well as to articulate the people’s developmental needs to government representatives and other stakeholders. This helps in decreasing the gap between citizens and the government.

Over the past 18 months, 160 grassroots organisations in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been strengthened through the EU-funded project “Capacity Building of Local Grassroots Organisations in Governance, Transparency and Gender Sensitisation”.

This project contributes to enhance the operational transparency, accountability and capacity of community organisations, allowing them to better express and serve local needs. During the convention, community representatives from across Pakistan came together to discuss their achievements and share best practices.

The event was attended by over 500 people representing grassroots community organisations, local, provincial and federal governments, and the donor community Addressing the audience, Mr. Berend de Groot, Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Pakistan and Chief Guest of the Convention, remarked: “As office bearers, you have made this movement in what is today a country wide outreach of a continuously evolving model of social mobilisation promoting and strengthening the emergence of an autonomous membership based local civil society. This is a unique phenomenon rarely seen at this scale anywhere else in the developing world.”

For more information, contact:
Ms Ayesha Babar
Press and PR Officer
Delegation of the European Union to Pakistan
Phone: +92-51-227 182 8
Fax: 92-51- 282 260 4
Email: Ayesha.Babar@eeas.europa.eu

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