Promotion of Right to Information in Pakistan

Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys (PETS)

E-Governance; the Course to Good Governance

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By definition, e-governance means

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability South Asia Region (ANSA-SAR) and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) along with other number of local organizations are partners for promoting Social Accountability (SAc)
in Pakistan. This partnership, in last one year or so, has led to the implementation of SAc tools in the country in a wide range of services including education, land, water and sanitation.

Social Accountability is a relatively newer concept in South Asia. Originated and implemented first in India, the idea exhibits the essence of democracy and lays out a road map to good governance. It stands for citizen

Take off of social accountability in Pakistan

The fall of Colonel Qadafi monarchist regime is the spill over effects of the democracies in the region and current democratic movements in the Arab region to topple the years long autocratic regimes. Today is the day of justice and liberation for the people of Libya which will result in more people centric government approach towards building accountability and transparency through deepening of democracy in the country. The blight of autocratic regimes in the world has really depressed the voices of the people and in most of the occasions, surrendering the basic rights bestowed under international laws. However, history tells us the bitter facts that the autocratic & monarchist regimes always fell by the revolution as experienced in many parts of the world.

Similarly, Pakistan has also been the victim of army or army led government leaving little space for the democracy and democratic regimes and values. However, the failures of previous army led government paved the way for strong urge for democracy which result in elections in 2008 and people

Marred by the persistent global financial crunch, the world seems disregarding a number of its previously held ideals. The phenomenon of lingering economic downturn has made it believe that fiscal recovery is perhaps mutually exclusive
with societal welfare, environment protection, quality service delivery and inclusive growth.

These believes have only been paved and strengthened by a defaulting Italy and its uncertain and economically faltering European allies like Portugal and Spain, that are on the verge of witnessing a similar fiscal fate. However,
even under these challenging monetary times, there are countries that are capable of heading their way to a recovery that is robust in nature and resilient to the economic shocks that rendered the world economically annihilated in the past.

Led by Brazil, India, China and Singapore, these countries have the roots to their economic recovery and ever increasing prosperity in the emerging concepts of good governance. Good governance, although not a new idea, refers to
a participatory decision making process where efficient utilization of resources is ensured, quality of service delivery is guaranteed and, transparency and accountability are emphasized.

Building on their newly realized strengths, the Asian countries are emerging as the new economic leaders of the world. And the focus of this economic boom is concentrated in the South Asian region. Nevertheless, for not being evenly
distributed, this economic rumble faces the inherent threat of being unsustainable in the long run. For making it sustainable, it is essential that the core idea around which this economic progress revolves must be spread and emulated in the entire region,
and for this purpose, there could be no better platform than the South Asian Economic Summit (SAES) to which all the regional countries are looking forward to for the panacea that may address their persistent economic and social challenges.

Considering the fact that the idea of good governance in the modern day world finds its foundation on the concepts of Social Accountability, this year