• Taimur Chambers Plot # 10-D (WEST), Fazal-ul-Haq Rd, Islamabad
  • (+92) 51-2278134, (+92) 51-2278135
  • Taimur Chambers Plot # 10-D (WEST), Fazal-ul-Haq Rd, Islamabad
  • (+92) 51-2278134, (+92) 51-2278135

Policy Outreach

Advocacy

The main objective of the advocacy unit is to engender dialogue, advocate for SDPI's Policy Advocacy and Outreach Unit and engage in public-interest campaigns, some of which are long-term, and others tend to respond to an emerging issue of public interest on an immediate basis. Raising awareness, stakeholders' mobilization and partnerships on environmental, economic, political, and social sector issues are SDPI's main goals and consistent themes include democratic governance, globalization, peace, human rights, regional inequalities and provincial autonomy, South Asian regional consciousness, environment and climate change and women's rights. The Institute undertakes policy advocacy, networking & partnerships and litigation on issues of public interest. SDPI's policy advocacy and outreach campaigns are people-centered especially pro-poor and pro-vulnerable demanding more stakeholders' participation, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness, equality and equity, rule of law, and national debate aiming public policy related decision-making and implementation process at different levels.

SDPI engages two types of advocacy;

1. First is reactive and focuses on issues falling within SDPI's mandate such as human rights, religious tolerance, globalization, environmental activism, religious minority rights, issues of national public policy, governance and academic freedom.

2. Second is proactive, and is based on research findings; it involves lobbying by the research and advocacy staff through participation in conferences, workshops, and seminars, writing in journals and newspapers, appearing on the electronic media as well as serving on important committees and commissions.

Given the dearth of advocacy in Pakistan, the purpose of SDPI's efforts is both to support specific causes and be a role model to set a precedent in an attempt to make up for the lack of active advocacy in Pakistan. The ultimate destiny of SDPI's Policy Advocacy and Outreach is people's empowerment with, as mentioned above, a greater focus on poor and socially-excluded sections of the society.