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The question, whether the voice of citizens has been strengthened through the constitutional process in Pakistan, in terms of their ability to shape decisions, which affect them, yet remains unanswered.

LEAD has a longstanding interest in working towards strengthening citizens’ voice under a variety of governance and state accountability scenarios. The focus of LEAD’s attention in Citizens’ Voice projects is to strengthen and facilitate policy engagement through enhancing the role of civil society, Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), human rights (HR) Groups, professional associations, the media, academia, elected representatives, and opinion leaders, and other such groups.

LEAD Pakistan, in its Citizens’ Voice and Accountability projects, identifies, nurtures and enhances capacity in demand articulation, and empowers ‘interlocutors’ to effectively engage with policy makers and advocate for required policy change.

LEAD refers to organizations, institutions, and/or individuals that are challenging the status quo in the various arenas of citizens-state interactions, by involving interlocutors in Citizens’ Voice and Accountability Projects, so as to change the rules of the game in favour of marginalized citizens. LEAD also fosters synergies among different interlocutors for them to be able to work together, form a coalition, and draw on each other’s comparative advantage to make an effective team.

These interlocutors vary depending on the context and nature of the projects from mid-career level professionals in LEAD’s flagship Leadership Development Program, to out of school girls, for example, and in most cases, to civil society partners in various networks that are catalysed and managed by LEAD.