Pakistan was the first country in South Asia to pass legislation guaranteeing the Right to Information (RTI) in the South Asian Region through the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002. Public awareness and use of this right in Pakistan, however, has not been as widespread as in the rest of South Asia.
PILDAT has continued to advocate for effective RTI laws as these have the potential to enhance the overall institutional efficiency of government and its functionaries and enable performance assessment of public officials and legislators by the public based on verifiable records of their official actions and decisions. As an indigenous think tank, PILDAT has also invoked Pakistan’s Freedom of Information Law to facilitate public sharing of attendance of MNAs. The advocacy has also led to institution of effective and progressive RT laws in the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
PILDAT is a dynamic organisation and continues to evaluate, calibrate and adapt its approaches and methodologies to reach the desired goals in our work. Following are some of the key approaches to our work:
PILDAT is widely recognised for the following key strengths:
Following key services are offered by PILDAT:
Following major projects have been conceptualised and delivered successfully by PILDAT in the area:
Following are some of the key development partners who have supported PILDAT’s initiatives in this field: