Voice for Public Accountability

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Voice for Public Accountability

"Mobilization of the public to promote greater accountability of the Government of Pakistan. Opening up government policymaking structures for greater public input. Opening up the policy process for greater public participation.

Location: Islamabad, Pakistan
Members: 140
Latest Activity: Apr 29

Voice matters

Currently, the future of Pakistan’s political system appears dismal. Too much time has been lost and Pakistan has been left behind. The political and economic sectors require urgent reform, and the current focus of attention on reform issues should be used as a stimulus for change. The very existence of a stable democratic system is dependent on an comprehensive accountability mechanism . The government must find the will and commitment to reform itself.

Discussion Forum

Your voice matters!

Started by Sohail Mahmood Dec 18, 2011. 0 Replies

The winds of change blowing in Pakistan for sure. Let us hope for the best. Meanwhile, we must organize a voice for change. The whole national leadership, elected and unelected, is accountable to the…Continue

Your voice matters!

Started by Sohail Mahmood Dec 18, 2011. 0 Replies

The winds of change blowing in Pakistan for sure. Let us hope for the best. Meanwhile, we must organize a voice for change. The whole national leadership/ elected and unelected, is accountable to the…Continue

use of media in crusade against corruption

Started by Sohail Mahmood. Last reply by Sohail Mahmood Jul 12, 2011. 2 Replies

VFPA group is planning to produce a documentary on corruption in Pakistan. Since we lack resources we are planning to work with a professional documentary group from US and submit a joint proposal to…Continue

Pakistan’s serious governance challenges and required next steps

Started by Sohail Mahmood. Last reply by Surya Jun 17, 2011. 1 Reply

Pakistan’s serious governance challenges and required next stepsPakistan is faced with a serious governance challenge primarily manifested through the continuing complexity of fighting the Global War…Continue

Tags: required, next, steps, and, challenges

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Comment by Sohail Mahmood on April 4, 2011 at 3:52pm
qbemi, only consistent public pressure for accountability and transparency can possibly make any difference
Comment by Rotarian gbemi tijani on April 4, 2011 at 2:08pm
hi how far? how are you going to manage security and resilience in dealing with opposition i mean those already established in the government you intend to change or make accountable-what strategies will b e most effective yet not drastic ?
Comment by Sohail Mahmood on April 3, 2011 at 11:16pm

 

Irit

Power matters

Precisely the point

 

Comment by irit hakim-keller on April 2, 2011 at 6:06pm
I believe that individuals do matter - it is just the power which groups and organisation have more , hence the influence and the ability to achieve goals.
Comment by Sohail Mahmood on April 2, 2011 at 2:57pm

This is an age of organizations or groups. Individuals don’t matter groups or organizations do. Join the Voice group and become effective. Together we can, and should, make a difference. Our people deserve better. Let us shape our own destiny.

Comment by Lavinia Hall on April 1, 2011 at 10:01pm
What an important effort! I admire your work to rebuild education and to offer people the hope of positive change.
Comment by Sohail Mahmood on April 1, 2011 at 7:35pm
VOICE FOR PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY _ (a Facebook Group)
The Basic Rationale
Weak public institutions cannot be expected to reform themselves in the absence of public pressure. The public, especially youth, needs to be mobilized from below to provide the needed pressure for reform. Essentially, the idea is to mobilize the public in promoting greater accountability of government agencies and the protection of people’s rights. . The initiative will promote good governance, human rights and accountability in the country. Establish a network of chapters throughout the world.




OBJECTIVES
1. Promotion of greater accountability of the Government of Pakistan.
2. Protection of people’s rights by establishing a network of support and education of the general public.
3. Sensitizing of human rights issues through educational campaigns.
4. Opening up government policymaking structures for greater public input and formalized participation.
5. Involving the public in fighting corruption
6. Collectively upholding rights of citizens through various means, including education and peaceful protests.
7. Strengthening civil society contributions for strengthening accountability reform efforts by various agencies, both national and international.

NEXT STEPS

1. Brainstorming session to establish a steering committee of sorts to guide the process of citizen mobilization. Need to study how it was done elsewhere, especially in the region.
2. Formulation of a strategies to achieve objectives
3. Preparing a Plan of Action.
4. Enacting a precise charter of citizen demands and rights
5. Public education of basic human rights of citizens and elaborating various means of upholding them
6. Presenting the charter to like-minded organizations and groups.
7. Creation of a virtual network for the purpose
8. Establishing a Human Rights Forum.
9. Holding debate and essay competitions on the theme at various levels in the country. Focus on educational institutions for the purpose.
10. Establishing an E-magazine named “Public Voice” to provide a platform for the public campaign
11. Conducting campaigns on specific public issues like deteriorating health facilities, inadequate public facilities in educational institutions, food adulteration, fake medicines, improper medical practices, price hike of essential food items, lack of proper sanitation facilities in public institutions, lack of proper public transport infrastructure, rampant corruption in government departments and the existence of a bribe culture in society.
12. Depending on the situation, the next phase may include active public participation to get the charter implemented by the Government of Pakistan.
13. Gathering in a greater assembly to further the cause.
14. Honoring contributions of honest state functionaries in the efforts against corruption by presenting them awards and medals as tokens of appreciation
Comment by Sohail Mahmood on March 28, 2011 at 12:54pm

Fakhr, my student at Iqra University, is establishing school libraries in Swat and has appealed for help. He is a native of Swat and strongly feels for his community. WE must support his noble cause.Recall Swat has been devastated by the recent conflict and schools have been destroyed. These libraries can also serve the local community. Please donate children books, adult novels, dictionaries, and other books on general topics. You can also add writing material, if any. We are in the process of collecting these books for Swat schools.

Comment by Sohail Mahmood on March 28, 2011 at 3:30am
I've signed a petition to end the #educationemergency in Pakistan. We need your help. Make a difference. http://j.mp/signpetitionpk
Comment by Sohail Mahmood on March 28, 2011 at 3:25am

http://educationemergency.com.pk/

march for education emergency

 

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