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Lower Judicial Reforms.

Review of 09 Dispute Resolution Councils in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Partner: UNDP
Locale: Pakistan

Duration: November 2017 to February 2018

Team Members:Vaqar Ahmed, Rabia Manzoor, Abbas Murtaza Makken and Syed Shujaat Ahmed

Program/Project Brief:

This study aims to conduct evaluation and effectiveness of DRCs. It will also review cases resolved by the district DRCs during 2016-17 in 9 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by seeking answer to following questions about performance, role and functions of DRCs by reviewing case to case situation. Further this study will also evaluate the performance of dispute resolution councils (DRCs) in 9 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) by also including the standard of cases which are resolved by DRCs for compliance with ADR standards, constitution, national and provincial laws.


SDPI is currently conducting a study with brief understanding of the concept of dispute resolution councils. This study will aim to evaluate the performance, role and function of DRCs in 9 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by reviewing cases resolved by the DRCs in 09 districts.

This study aims to evaluate the performance of dispute resolution councils (DRCs) in 9 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This evaluation will include review of the cases resolved by DRCs for compliance with ADR standards, constitution, national and provincial laws. There are different programmes which were initiated in Pakistan for strengthening the mechanism of dispute resolution over the years which have showed promising outcome in the form of informal justice mechanisms by providing fair and effective services.
The study thus aims to conduct evaluation and review cases resolved by the district DRCs during 1st January 2016 to 30th August 2017 in the target districts. The target districts include Chitral, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Swat, Buner, Shangla, D.I.Khan, Kohat and Bannu. The evaluation includes views and opinions of users of the DRCs with special focus on women. Women should be interviewed both as users and as providers of the DRCs services.
  • To evaluate the performance, role and functions of DRCs in 9 districts of KP
  • To review cases resolved by the DRCs in target districts
  • To provide the practical recommendations to improve SRLP program
Work/activities accomplished:
  • Focus group discussion in Kohat, Bannu and D.I. Khan conducted.
  • Key Informant Interviews conducted in Kohat, Bannu, and D.I.Khan.
  • Data collected from Kohat, Bannu, and D.I.Khan.

Impact Evaluation of Strengthening Rule of Law Programme (SRLP) in Selected Districts of KP

Partner: UNDP
Duration: September 2018 – January 2019
Location: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Team Members: Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Ms. Rabia Manzoor, Syed Shujaat Ahmed, Masood Ahmed Khattak and Ammaz Khan
The study aims to assess the overall impact of the Strengthening Rule of Law Program (SRLP) in selected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) that include the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the Program.
SRLP is an initiative of UNDP to support to justice system, in particular to judiciary, legal aid, policing and alternate dispute resolution (ADR) in the post-crisis area of Malakand Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). For this Program, UNDP has joined hands with Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Kingdom of Netherlands (EKON), the European Unions (EU) and US-INL in Malakand districts i.e. Swat, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Buner, Chitral, Kohat, Bannu and D.I.Khan. This Program particularly focused on the: i) enhancing access to justice and legal aid, ii) building the capacity of courts for greater service delivery, iii) supporting informal justice mechanisms to provide speedy services, iv) strengthening police and prosecution capacity and v) development of knowledge material and data through research. The SRLP was legally operational since 2011.
SRLP project aimed to improve and deepen on-going efforts to secure peace and stabilization through enhancing justice and sectoral processes. Assistance being provided for institutional and capacity development to rule of law institutions to ensure effective and speedy provision of justice and security services. Moreover, it ensures that services to improve public trust and confidence in justice and security institutions are both swift and effective. It works with informal justice institutions to settle disputes at the community level, and creates the forums for dialogue between formal and informal dispute resolution.
Different Programs have been initiated in Pakistan for strengthening the mechanism of dispute resolution over the years which have showed promising outcome in the form of informal justice mechanisms provide fair and effective services, in accordance with the Pakistan Constitution and human rights standards. Strengthening Rule of Law Program (SRLP) is amongst such initiative which was designed to address gaps in the justice sector. To this effect the SRLP extend supports to institutions responsible for maintain the rule of law and to ensure that justice is accessible, affordable and fair. As such the SRLP engages with all relevant actors at district and provincial levels including the judiciary, police, prosecution, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms, bar councils, bar associations and non-governmental organizations.
This study aims to conduct the impact evaluation in order to assess the overall impact Program has made on the state institutions as well as on communities as a result of the achievements made during 2012-18. Through this evaluation, compile lessons learnt from the overall impact made by the Program and extend recommendations facilitating design of next phase of the Program or any related future interventions. This evaluation will help the judiciary, police department, and local government department, prosecution, bar associations, jirgas, and civil society organizations to better support the rule of law entities.
  1. To assess the overall impact of SRLP Program during 2012-18 on the state institutions and communities.
  2. To analyse the efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, impact and sustainability of SRLP Program
  3. To analyse the reflect and learn from what has worked well and what has not
  4. To provide the practical recommendations to improve SRLP program
1. Survey in selected districts of KP (Kohat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Swat, Buner, Lower Dir, Upper Dir and Chitral)
  • Key Informant Interviews in each districts with relevant stakeholders
  • Focused Group Discussions
  • Beneficiary perception survey of Legal aid services
2. Data Analysis and Report Writing

Electricity Governance

Partner: USAID- SARI Energy

Year: 2010-11

Team Members: Engineer Arshad H. Abbasi


Pakistan is facing a huge electricity shortage and a sharp rise in electricity prices causing social unrest in some of its urban & rural areas. This has had a negative effect on industrial productivity and a commensurate decline in economic growth. There have been severe monetary repercussions owing to electricity shortage in the industrial and export sectors, which according to estimates by the Ministry of Water and Power (MOWP), have experienced losses at Rs 219 billion and Rs 75 billion respectively. Additionally, there has been a drastic decrease in 400,000 jobs in 2009. The state of Pakistan’s electricity sector can be attributed mainly to a high dependence on fossils fuels, high domestic & industrial demand and high transmission losses. Furthermore, in terms of governance, an absence of transparency and incompetence of the managers are problems endemic in the system that regulates provision of electricity in the country. The supply demand gap has been widened by 35% due to seasonal availability in hydropower and in 2009-10, the overall electricity consumption declined by 1.7%. The industrial sector has been particularly hard hit by the electricity shortage and there has been a substantial reduction in industrial productivity, which has had daunting impacts on the country’s exports and eventually leads to the deterioration of balance of payments

Electricity governance in Pakistan has to be consolidated by supporting a more transparent electricity power regulatory process. Therefore, the roles of the Ministry of Water and Power (MOWP) and Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) must also be scrutinized. It is intended stakeholders from different backgrounds can be brought together, so as to develop a common understanding about exploiting the potential of best practices and highlighting flaws in governance pertaining to the electricity sector.

In order to strengthen the electricity regulatory processes in Pakistan, SDPI in a joint initiative with US AID- SARI Energy, undertook the project of Electricity Governance in Pakistan. The study has emerged at a time when power outages together with high electricity costs, have arguably become a greater socio-economic menace than terrorism for Pakistan. The project focuses on the National Electric Power Regulation Authority, which is responsible for regulating power in Pakistan. The study aims to undertake a comprehensive in-depth analysis and discuss recommendations for interventions to improve Pakistan’s electricity sector. The power sector was liberalized in the mid 1990s, whereby a number of private entities gained access to the sector boosting competitiveness. Governance, however, has been exclusive of public interest due to the sector’s entrenched complexity. It is necessary for the public to understand the issues and to become involved in decision-making processes. The study will also help to create a strong collaboration between civil society, policymakers, regulators and other concerned parties on a common platform, whereby good governance and sound decision making processes are encouraged at the policy level. The long-term goal of the policy is the continuous provision of electricity to consumers, industry, farmers and customers at cheap rates.

The methodology adopted for the study leads to an analysis and a sound assessment of the situation, which is being reflected in the project report. The preparation of the report entails widespread consultation with the stakeholders, whereby its structure is being sufficiently delineated, identifying gaps and opportunities to improve governance. The nature of Pakistan’s electricity sector is unique so there shall be an adoption of research indicators pertaining to the World Resources Institute and the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy India. However, other country specific methodologies are being applied to undertake evaluation of the processes of electricity governance in Pakistan. It is believed that the research undertaken can help establish a new paradigm for measurable performance indicators for Pakistan’s electricity/energy sectors. Finally, a strategy is proposed to harness cheap hydroelectricity and other renewable energy generation options, which are imperative for a sustainable regional and global environment. Civil society, media and consumers are encouraged to understand and influence decision making in the electricity sector.