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DTCE - E-Newsletter-April 2014

Greetings from DTCE Team

Heartiest Eid Greetings to all our Muslim readers. Last issue of the newsletter contained summaries of a workshop specific to the introduction of local government in the capital and a seminar on local government policy and implementation. Updates on the social audit being conducted in Malakand Division, Meeting with PPO and Orientation Sessions on Provincial Local Government Acts were also included. This issue brings to our readers details about the need assessment survey conducted in Bannu for the IDPs of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, MPA level meetings conducted in Lahore and Peshawar for the identification of citizens demands for the implementation of Article 140-A under 18th amendment, DTCE’s latest initiative for the marginalized youth of Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Multan and Muzaffargarh districts, orientation sessions on Right to Information Act, and the recent developments in building capacity of police department by introducing an online FIR registration system, initiatives to spread computer literacy among the police officials and establishment of a women development and empowerment center.

In this Edition

Scaling Communication Barriers: Launch of Police Awam Rabita Program

DTCE in collaboration with the Swat Police launched an awareness and knowledge raising campaign titled “Police Awam Rabita Program (PARP)” in Swat from 8th April 2014, under the project of Public Safety and Justice Program (PS&JP), which is being implemented in Malakand Division with collaboration from Kingdom of Netherlands

Legislative Discourse: Provincial Level Meeting on KP LG Act 2013 Wednesday, 26th

A meeting was conducted on 24th March 2014 in Peshawar to review the the implementation of KP LG Act 2013. The event was organized under the project "Citizens’ Engagement and Accountability for an Effective Local Government System” supported by USAID through Citizen’s Voice Project (CVP). The project aims to adopt a synchronized approach to advocacy for concerted citizens’ engagement and accountability within the newly introduced provincial legislation on local governments and right to information

Improving coordination: Inter District Forums in Swat, Lower Dir and Buner

Inter-district forums were organized by DTCE in Swat, Buner and Lower Dir to eliminate the communication gap among the key stakeholders of "Community Policing under Strengthening Rule of Law in Malakand" project. In these forums, the participants shared their experiences and opinions about the project to identify best practices and key suggestions for improving local rule of law landscape.

Using Culture as an Agent of Change: Cultural Events Organized by Community Policing Forums

Cultural events involving a large number of local citizens and police officials were organized by Community Policing Forums in coordination with DTCE in Buner, Lower Dir and Swat. These events were organized as a part of an engagement campaign held under the project of "Strengthening Rule of Law in Malakand Program” (SRLMP) funded by the UNDP.

Community Driven Reforms in Local Government: Discourse on Rationale Behind the Demands

A series of workshops for identification of citizens’ demands for improvement in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Act 2013 on 3rd, 6th, 11th, 13th, and 18th of March 2014 in Swabi, Nowshera, Mardan, Peshawar, and Abbotabad respectively.