Governance and Democracy
When the Devolution of Power plan was introduced in the
year 2001 by the government, Human Development Centre started the education and awareness program on the Devolution of Power
plan. Following activities were carried out in the districts of Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh and Jhang.
Seminars were organized in the rural and urban areas to
introduce the Devolution of Power Plan. The seminars were conducted with the community at the grass roots level as well as
with the opinion makers in the society.
Human Development Centre Theatre team performed in the
Peoples’ Assemblies in Faisalabad, Lahore
and Rawalpindi. The issue highlighted through the theatre was the restoration
of joint electorate system in the country.
Training programs were conducted for the journalists in
the district Toba Tek Singh.
Human Development Centre encouraged the women from the
rural areas to participate in the elections at every level. Twenty three women were elected as union, tehsil and district
Voters’ Education program focused on the education
of the voters to caste their vote not on the basis of caste, group or relationship but to caste the vote on the basis of the
program given by the candidates for the development of the areas
After the district governments were formed, following activities were carried out in the district Toba Tek Singh and
Help social organizations establish the linkages between
community and the government officials for the maximum participation of the community in the development schemes at union
council level. The councilors at the union councils also attended the linkages programs as they play the vital role in the
Conducted training programs for councilors especially
women councilors. The women councilors’ participation in the decision making process is specially focused.
HDC has facilitated the local communities to get organized
and register CCB in their villages. Total 17 CCBs are organized in district Toba Tek Singh and Tehsil Samundari
The Citizens’ Community Boards are registered to
promote and strengthen the community participation in the local development. We have also built the capacity of the women
groups in eight union councils and they have registered the CCBs for the development of the union councils. Human Development
Centre conducts training programs to build the capacity of the groups so that they can operate with the maximum participation
of the local communities.
The Women Councilors Network is formed in District Toba Tek Singh for the political education and capacity building
of the women councilors. The idea of organizing the women councilors came from the fact that most of the women councilors
took part in the elections for the first time.
For the first time, government allocated 33 % seats for
the women in the local bodies’ elections and with this sudden decision; the women were not politically prepared for
taking part in the elections. This network built the capacity of the women and prepared them for the role they opted after
The Women Councilors Network held four training programs
annually on different aspects of local bodies and the role of the women councilors.
A Minority Councilors Network is established in three
districts of Toba Tek Singh, Jhang and Faisalabad
with the following objectives:
equal citizenship rights for all in Pakistan
the capacity of the local minority councilors on development issues, democratic culture and values
the social harmony and national integrity in the country
and strengthen the democratic institutions from the local government institutions to parliament
The minority councilors’ network works to promote
the values of love, peace, respect, forgiveness, reconciliation in the society. Human Development Centre plans to extend the
scope of the Minority Councilors Network.