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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

Pakistan: Increasing exports abroad while improving human rights at home

January 9, 2020

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Civil society’s strong contribution to Pakistan focus of DRI conference in Islamabad

November 27, 2019

Civil society’s continued contribution to Pakistan’s social and economic development was at the centre of a ...

Local actors meet to strengthen human rights in Pakistan’s provinces

November 16, 2019

Approximately 60 participants including members of all four provincial assemblies (MPAs), provincial human rights officials, diplomats, ...