1.Project Name: Support for Conflict Transformation and Peacemaking (SCTP) in Pakistan (2012)
Sponsor: Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS), Pakistan
Project Description: The said project is part of ongoing cooperation between CRSS and HBS, envisioned and executed for the first time in 2007. As part of the project, CRSS with the sponsorship of HBS is carrying out advocacy campaign for the conflict transformation and peacemaking in the country, with special focus on Balochistan. The said project seeks to create awareness among stakeholders for transforming conflicts in Pakistan and ways to wage peace.
2. Project Name: Sabawoon (Dawn) Peshawar
Sponsor: Government of Australia
Partners: Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), Radio Pakistan Peshawar and FM 101
Project Description: CRSS with the sponsorship of Australian Government launched a Radio program namely “Sabawoon”, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in June 2011. The program is aired in the province with the partnership of FM101 and Radio Pakistan in KP. It goes on air six times a week, and a recorded version of it is broadcasted from Dera Ismail Khan, Kohat and Abbottabad districts as well. It is a 55 minutes long Pashto language program, which is meant to create social awareness among the militancy hit people of the province.
3. Project Name: Pakistan Conflict Tracker (PCT)
Partner: Embassy of Switzerland, Islamabad
Project Description: In order to map the territory and ferocity of the ongoing conflicts in Pakistan quantitatively and qualitatively, CRSS with a strong base of human resources (on ground reporters in militancy infested areas, in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland, Islamabad launched a conflict monitor namely, Pakistan Conflict Tracker (PCT) in March 2012. On the basis of the meticulously complied data, weekly and monthly conflict analysis reports are produced. The reports are based on:
a) Field reports (by CRSS reporters)
b) Ten major newspapers
Along with tracking and assessing trends of violence and conflict, the web-based conflict tracking service is of great value for foreign policy-makers, diplomats and researchers alike. The data comprising violent episodes and conflict analysis reports is posted on CRSS Website and also shared with the media.
4. Project Name: Da Aman Awaz (The Voice for Peace)
Sponsor: United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington
Project Description: CRSS with the sponsorship of USIP launched an FM Radio program in June 2012 to produce and broadcast programs under the series name of Da Aman Awaz. A pre-broadcast survey was a part of the project wherein the need and scope of media intervention was assessed in the coverage areas of our five stations i.e. FM 101 Peshawar, FM 93 DI Khan, FM 93 Kohat FM 93 Bannu, MW Peshawar and FM 93 Abbottabad. The endeavor is meant to promote counter-radicalization narrative in the militancy stricken and religious extremism prone areas.
1. Project Name: Lara Da Kor (Path toward Home) Sukkur and Multan (2011)
Sponsor: INTERNEWS Network (USA)
Partners: Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), Radio Pakistan Sukkur and Multan
Project Description: CRSS with the sponsorship of INTERNEWS and in partnership with Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation launched humanitarian information programs in flood affected areas of Sindh and southern Punjab. The aim was to disseminate information relating to the humanitarian issues faced by the flood affectees in flood hit areas. These programs are based on the production of field-reported and studio-produced radio programs in Sindhi language in Sindh and Siraiki language in southern Punjab. These programs are broadcasted through Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation AM and FM network in Sindh and southern Punjab. In Sindh the stations include FM 101 Karachi, FM 93 Larkarna, FM 93 Khairpur, FM 93 Bhetshah and FM 93 Hyderabad. In southern Punjab the stations include FM 93 Mianwali, MW Bahawalpur and MW Multan.
2. CRSS-Actionaid Campaign for Implementation of Balochistan Rights Package (2011)
Sponsor/Partner: Actionaid, Pakistan
Project Description: As part of this policy advocacy for the effective implementation of the Balochistan Package, both the partners agreed to carry out following activities to execute the project: six roundtables, two policy dialogues, two columns in English press, four electronic media insertions, eight press releases, one joint resolution and one open letter to government officials. The salient objectives of the campaign are as following: To put across the peoples perspective on the conflict situation in Balochistan and demand for the effective implementation of Balochistan Package; and to engage media in the campaign for magnifying the voice of the people and putting pressure on the government for the effective implementation.
3. Project Name: Lara Da Kor (Path toward Home), Peshawar
Sponsor: INTERNEWS (USA)
Partners: Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), Radio Pakistan Peshawar
Project Description: CRSS in partnership with Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation executed humanitarian information program in flood affected and militancy ridden areas of KP, to disseminate the information relating to the humanitarian issues faced by the inhabitants in the aftermath of terrorism and latter on flood in those areas. The program was based on the production of field-reported and studio-produced panel discussions in Pashto language. Each program contained 6-7 field stories and a panel discussion. The program was broadcast six days a week from Radio Pakistan Peshawar, FM 93 Kohat, FM 93 Dera Ismail Khan, FM 100 Dir, FM 96 Swat and FM 96 Waziristan.
4. Project Name: Media as a Tool in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (MTCRR)
Partner: Peace and Development Programme, UNDP
Project Description: The project was a pilot, micro level case study that was meant to provide qualitative insights into the experiences and feelings of a small segment of the population of Swat with regards to the reign of terror unleashed by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the efficacy of state media in countering the Taliban’s propaganda and promoting peace. It was based on a random opinion survey “Media as a Tool in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation” that was conducted in two mohallas (localities) of Union Council Qambar of District Swat. The survey was meant to gauge the opinions of and the influences on the female population of the broadcasts aired by the Taliban and the state.
5. Project Name: Assessment of US Anti-terror Campaign in Afghanistan
Partner: United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington
Project Description: As part of project agreement between the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the CRSS in July 2010, the Center arranged three seminars and one consultative session on issues relating to the ongoing US-led anti-terror campaign in Afghanistan, peace prospects in the region and dynamics of the Pak-US and Pak-India relationship. People belonging to diverse backgrounds including, civil and military bureaucracy, diplomacy, independent research, academia and government, participated in the events, making the debates quite meaningful and productive. The sessions served as platforms for the civil society representatives to discuss the critical issues facing Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and US. These events were of great value especially for students of various universities in concerned cities.
6. Project Name: Clean Drinking Water for the Flood Affectees of Charsadda and Nowshera
Partner: Royal Embassy of Netherlands, Islamabad
Project Description: CRSS in partnership with Royal Embassy of Netherlands, Islamabad installed 20 Clean Water Points (CWP) at 20 locations in two flood affected districts of Charsadda and Nowshera in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The initiative provided the affected communities with clean drinking water and educated them on the subject of maintenance of basic hygiene and potential dangers of water born diseases. The project was implemented in two phases. 1. Physical Installation: The water pumps were physically installed after consultations with the local community for its maintenance and subsequent ownership so that the sustainability is ensured. 2. Advocacy and Awareness Raising: People of the community were appraised with the simple and home-based techniques to avoid water contamination and prevention of water born diseases. Various advocacy tools e.g. pamphlet, graphical posters and interactive sessions with the community groups held. Prior to the installation of the units, community mobilizers were sent to form citizens’ groups from within the local community for subsequent smooth operation and ownership by the people there.
7. Project Name: Comparing Best Practices in Freedom for Information
Partner: The Asia Foundation, Pakistan
Project Description: CRSS in partnership with The Asia Foundation (TAF), Pakistan, gauged the context and scope of freedom of information in Pakistan. As part of this study, a comparison was made among contemporary status of freedom of information in Pakistan, three South Asian states: India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; and Commonwealth Model Bill for Freedom of Information. In order to solicit the opinion of civil society organizations in Pakistan working on human rights issues and especially on freedom of information, different roundtables discussion forums and seminars were arranged.
Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS), Australian High Commission, Royal Embassy of Netherlands, Islamabad, Embassy of Switzerland, Islamabad, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, continue to be valuable partners of the CRSS.