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E-Newsletter- Janaury 2015

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

Donor Visit to Malakand Division

Representatives from Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands, visited Malakand and Swat District from 22nd -23rd September 2014 to observe interventions and meet various stakeholders under the Public Safety and Justice Program. In Malakand District, the representatives from Netherlands and DTCE met Ashfaq Ahmed, Acting District Commissioner – Malakand who apprised the team of the impact and progress of the program.

1100 Applications for Information Entertained in District Swabi: Orientation Sessions on Provincial Right to Information Acts

DTCE under the project Citizen Engagement and Accountability for an Effective Local Government System funded by USAID conducted District level orientation sessions on Right to Information Acts of KP and Punjab as well as transparency and accountability in Local Government Act 2013 of the two provinces. These orientation sessions were conducted in Vehari on 9th of September 2014, and in Multan and Abbottabad on 11th September 2014

Women Development and Empowerment Centre establishment at Timergara Jail, Dir Lower

Under the auspices of the Kingdom of Netherlands, the Public Safety & Justice Program in support of the Criminal Justice Coordination System of KP, has undertaken an initiative to establish a women development and empowerment center as a pilot model, at Timergara Jail, Lower Dir. The MOU signing ceremony took place in Islamabad on September 9th 2014 amongst Office of Inspector General, Prisons KP, Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal

Increasing Computer Literacy in Police

Malakand division police has taken the lead in the introduction of Information Communication Technology (ICT) through the establishment of the first ICT Lab at Police Lines Swat. The purpose of the lab is to develop basic IT and computers skills of police, enabling them to use computers for official functioning, work on the Police Station Monitoring System (PSMS) and related software. The basic six days training course has become a regular feature for the police and is now being conducted by police instructors trained under Public Safety & Justice Program (PS&JP).

Census before Local Government Elections: Provincial level Meeting with MPAs for the Identification of Citizens Demands for Implementation of Article 140-A under 18th Amendment

While reflecting on the need for new delimitation of the local government constituencies, Mr. Bao Akhtar MPA PML-N said that to conduct Local Government Elections it is necessary that a census is conducted beforehand. He was of the idea that the data from the 1998 census is too outdated and that a census is essential to understand the demographics of the country.

Food, Shelter, Health and Clean drinking water for IDPs: RAPID Need Assessment Study

Against the backdrop of immense problems faced by IDPs displaced due to Operation Zarb-e-Azb, DTCE conducted a rapid need assessment study in Bannu District. The need assessment study carried out by DTCE deployed tools such as focused group discussions with the IDPs and Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, interviews with key informants, and direct interviews. The study concluded that the most pressing areas identified for early recovery assistance are related to basic needs like food, shelter, health, clean drinking water and solid waste management.

Youth Entrepreneurial Development Project: An Initiative for Marginalized Youth of Southern Punjab

DTCE has launched a program for the marginalized youth of Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Multan and Muzaffargarh districts with employable skills and facilitate them in securing funds for entrepreneurial ventures. This strategy devised by DTCE after thorough evaluation and a contract was signed with USAID on 11th July 2014.

Online First Information Report (FIR) Registration System Piloted in Swat

In June 2014, on the request of AIG Investigation KP, an online First Information Report (FIR) registration system was piloted in Swat, linking police station Kanju to SP Investigation and DIG Investigation. Through the system, the SP & DIG Investigation can monitor FIR entry at the police station, in real-time. The system also generates reports to check the status of individual FIR or multiple FIRS.