The role of Press Clubs is envisaged as educating communities about the concepts and details of the community empowerment elements under devolution. Local Press Club nominates a panel of journalist in capacity of “Press Committee”. DTCE strengthens capacity of these nominated Press Committees and continually feeds them with relevant information.
District Bar Associations are being assisted by DTCE to establish Community Empowerment Desks (CEDs). This is the forum within civil society where members of CCBs, the press, government and elected representatives meet together and discuss problems and issues related to communities. District Bar Associations also nominate a panel of Lawyers to form “Legal Aid Committees" to provide legal assistance to members of CCBs and other aggrieved citizens on issues pertaining to local governance. The intention is that in case where the official channels of re-dressal of grievance or alleged injustices are not able to produce the desired results, then alternative channels are available to citizens.
In the previous support mechanisms such as Community empowerment Round Tables (CERTs), Community Empowerment Desks (CEDs), Public Interest Litigation (PIL) were primarily catered to support CCB related issues including public interest litigation, however these support mechanisms will be realigned to shore up the new citizen entitlements as they are introduced and implemented. However, formation and promotion of these mechanisms will be followed more vigorously in post conflict areas of Malakand Division to ensure timely legal and paralegal support to the affected communities.