INP Past Performance:
With its previous and ongoing work, INP has developed the following linkages at local and national levels:
Policy Advocacy: INP understood the dire need of the citizens and also a significant gap in the outreach of governmental institutions and citizens; therefore, INP arranged meetings where leading lawyers from Gilgit-Baltistan had attended. The purpose to initiate this contact was to establish a Provincial Ombudsman for the region. A unanimous decision was reach in December 2012 where the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly passed a unanimous resolution demanding the establishment of a Provincial Ombudsman office in the region as a direct result of policy advocacy efforts by INP. In addition, INP has also engaged in meetings with one of Punjab’s predominantly active political party leadership Mr. Ahsan Iqbal as well as senior leadership of the Punjab Police Department for discussions on how to improve relations and explore new avenues for combined efforts on achieving a mutual goal of legal empowerment. In collaboration with the UNDP’s Legal Empowerment of the Poor Programme (LEP), MoUs were signed with the 14 District Bar Associations, Federal Judicial Academy, Balochistan Ombudsman, AJ&K Ombudsman and Ombudsman for Harassment at Workplace to benefit from these institutions in-order to overall strengthen INP’s initiative for GB.
INP has also benefitted from the experiences of UNDP’s Gender Justice and Protection project which focused on Violence against Women (VAW) and worked with 41 Implementing Partners (IPs) to address sensitive issue of VAW. The exit strategy of the project was to form a consortium of its implementing partners in the form of INP. GJP through the advocacy efforts of its IPs moved the Senate to unanimously pass the historical bill upholding the rights of women, ‘The Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill 2010. INP continues to work with UNDP’s Legal Empowerment of the Poor Programme to strengthen demand for legal and judicial services among poor and vulnerable citizens, particularly women, at the local levels. It’s collaboration with religious clergy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province rescued 42 girls/ women who from SWARA. It reclaimed property rights denied to more than 400 women. INP’s collaboration with Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan police departments resulted in establishment of honor killing/ human rights and gender crime cells in selected districts. The lives of 16 women were saved from honor killing in Sindh. Seven women payroll officers in different parts of the province were appointed by the KP government that gave women opportunity to access legal services which was denied there altogether. Over 2500 girls were brought back to school by supporting make-shift schooling arrangement in Dir, KP.
INP in collaboration with LEP published an extensive Study titled “Voices of the Unheard: Legal Empowerment of the Poor in Pakistan” conducted in 2012 which surveyed 10,322 poor and vulnerable households (majority of respondents being women) in 31 target districts, and held 92 Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with over 1,120 poor and vulnerable citizens, and 5 FGDs with key supply-side stakeholders in the federal and provincial capitals. The research Study has already proved a key advocacy tool to rationalize and strengthen the mandate of the INP, spark debate and discussion on programmer themes, and attract attention from the government, international donor community and civil society toward these problems as well as the solutions INP means to provide.
INP has decentralized the legal knowledge resource to the community level through Community Paralegals. A total of 665 Paralegals have been given specialized training courses. A rigorous examination was held at the end of each course to uphold stringent standards of learning and quality. A total of 500 Paralegals have successfully graduated from these trainings that are now certified.
INP organized trainings of police officers covering legal rights, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and gender-sensitive policing for 95 police officers in Punjab. Finally, INP was also involved in the organization of 2 consultative workshops held in Islamabad and Lahore, on the 7th of July, 2012 and 30th November, 2012 respectively which invited the participation of 81 senior, mid-level and operational level police officers from Punjab and other parts of the country. The proposed project builds on the recommendations of these Workshops as well as the evidence emerging from the afore-mentioned Study.
INP and its implementing partners, under the Legal Empowerment of the Poor Program, have made over 1.8 million people from all over Pakistan aware of their constitutional rights with the help of IEC tools. The Legal Empowerment of the Poor Program served as a primary means to engage local NGOs, through INP, to implement their activities all across Pakistan, and the project was rendered a success in terms of effectively meeting the project’s core deliverables. The IPs, with instructions from the INP, made use of their limited financial resources to launch SMS campaigns (Benefited an estimate of 330,417 people), TV and Radio programs (benefited an estimate of 37,106 people), Posters and hoardings (benefited an estimate of 1,071,607 people), IEC materials (benefiting an estimate of 68,500 people) district level seminars (benefited 5,206 people) and street theatre (benefited 990 people). Through the aforementioned awareness raising activities, INP could benefit a modest proportion of the poor and vulnerable to realize their rights, understand the legal procedure and essentially to assist them with their legal difficulties. INP has also successfully established 18 Legal Aid Centers where over 4,020 poor and vulnerable citizens could benefit from. These clinics are set up for general legal guidance and assistance depending on the nature of the case. Civil, criminal, family, human rights petitions and other cases all are dealt with the clinics and their legal staff. The centers have filed 402 cases on behalf of the beneficiaries, where 70 are resolved either through a formal court or through court sanctioned mediation.
INP has educated and mobilized 16,000 youths of Pakistan from 9 universities across Pakistan. The University of Peshawar, Islamia University Bahawalpur, University of Karachi, Gomal University in D.I Khan, Bahuddin Zakariya University in Multan, SZABIST in Karachi, Ziauddin University in Karachi, Kohat University of Science and Technology and Hazara University in Mansehra all too part in this initiative by INP, to spread legal awareness rights and their importance throughout their respective areas. By using methods of education and awareness like debates, talk shows, drama competitions and campus FM programs, the message of legal empowerment could be reached throughout their respective target areas.
LEP, through INP has conducted 14 District Learning Forums which gathers key supply-side stakeholders at the district level including the police, judiciary, elected representatives, government functionaries as well as representatives of the community and civil society. These Forums serve as signing ceremonies for a Charter of Legal Empowerment and Justice which essentially crystallizes a vision for legal empowerment for the particular district. Charters set out the priorities, needs and demands of these stakeholders regarding access to justice, their due roles