While having witnessed rapid economic growth and a substantial reduction in poverty in recent years, Pakistan continues to face governance, security, and social challenges. Our efforts and programs foster greater participation of all citizens, particularly vulnerable groups, such as women and minorities, to benefit from shared prosperity accruing from economic development. We work with local partners to strengthen the democratic and political process, promote inclusive participation, and build the capacity of local institutions to meet the needs and sustain the gains of economic and social development.
Safeguarding Religious Minorities
Although Pakistan has enacted laws to safeguard the rights of minority religious communities, their content and implementation leave gaping holes that urgently need to be addressed. Last year, we organized one-on- one meetings with journalists and civil society to discuss how balanced and sensitive reporting could benefit religious minorities. We also supported religious freedom caucuses in the National Assembly and the Provincial Assemblies of Punjab and Sindh to promote inter-faith harmony and highlight policy issues affecting minorities. Nearly 80 parliamentarians pushed for legislative reform and lobbied for seven bills to improve the treatment of minorities, promote greater tolerance, and prevent hate crimes. Four bills have since passed in the Sindh Assembly.
NEWS FROM PAKISTAN
Pakistan’s Water Crisis: Why a National Water Policy is Needed
November 1, 2017
The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia: Five Surprising Takeaways
October 18, 2017
Asia Foundation Pakistan Hosts Session on Minority Inclusion in the Electoral Process
September 26, 2017
Women and Leadership in Pakistan: A Conversation with Sofia Shakil
August 23, 2017
The prospects for trade links uniting the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Central Asia region are tremendous, and we published and distributed a key report on its potential. Our insights and policy input were well received in both Pakistan and Afghanistan and were shared in a recent Pak-Afghan economic cooperation dialogue.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Remembering Surin Pitsuwan: Consummate Diplomat, Accomplished Statesman, and Friend
December 13, 2017
CGTN Highlights Domestic Violence in China Report
December 7, 2017
Urban Governance and Transparency in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Asia Foundation Celebrated as 2017 Library of Congress ‘Program Best Practice Honoree’
November 30, 2017