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DRI has been active in Pakistan since 2010 when it opened its first project office in Islamabad. Between 2010-2013, DRI’s work in Pakistan focused on fostering a stronger electoral process ahead of the 2013 general elections. While still engaged with Pakistan’s electoral process, DRI’s involvement in the country has greatly expanded in the past few years. Since 2014, through the incentivising framework of GSP+, DRI is working with civil society and other social actors to ensure the effective implementation of Pakistan’s international labour and human rights commitments. DRI is now also engaged with local governments, working to build their capacities to effectively utilise the authority with which decentralisation has mandated them. Moreover, working at the intersection of democracy and technology, DRI has supported anaylsis of the democratic discourse online, specifically investigating hate speech and disinformation around Pakistan’s 2018 elections.

The thematic areas of DRI’s country programme in Pakistan at a glance:


DRI’s work in Pakistan has been supported by the following donors:

News from Pakistan

Bridging the gap between human rights goals and reality in Pakistan

March 30, 2021

by Shaheera Syed,  DRI Pakistan Strengthening political support for democracy and human rights in Pakistan was at ...

Pakistan: Helping Khyber Pakhtunkhwa prepare its first human rights plan

March 15, 2021

DRI Pakistan’s Shaheera Syed looks at how DRI worked with local authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ...

MEL Consultant: External evaluation for human rights and local governance project (m/f/d)

November 6, 2020

Form of Employment: Consultancy Starting Date: December 2020 Duration: The total number of days required for ...