PASDAR Program

PASDAR stands for “Programme for Advocacy on Sustainable Development and Rights”. In Urdu, the literal meanings of PASDAR are “guardian”.

The PASDAR Programme focuses primarily on rights and sustainable development and all the related subjects. The Programme endeavours development that meets the needs of the present generations with full human rights and security without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Programme believes that to be truly sustainable, not only must ecological protection be ensured, but also economic well-being must ensure that humans are able to meet their own needs, and social inclusion must ensure that this well-being extends to all in an equitable manner. Hence, the Programme’s three main elements are:

  1. Social Inclusion
  2. Economic Well-being
  3. Environmental Protection

The challenge for PASDAR Programme is how to proceed in such a way that each of 200 million persons in Pakistan can enjoy a dignified quality of life in an equitable way that does not compromise our natural surroundings. Indeed, this task is as complex as it is urgent, which is why we choose to focus our attention on it here at LRF through this Programme.

The PASDAR Programme is led by LRF’s Director Programs who is a much experienced development practitioner and researcher who has been serving the development sector from last 25 years including his last occupancy with United Nations. His subjects of interest and expertise include Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sustainable Agriculture, Climate Smart Agriculture, Food Security, Land Rights & Governance, Sustainable Livelihoods, Women Rights & Empowerment, Gender Equity, Community Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction. Prior to joining LRF, he has served reputed national and international organizations in Pakistan at key positions including UN-FAO, SDPI, Oxfam GB, Shirkat Gah, SCOPE, etc. and has demonstrated experience of managing projects, developing programs, and delivering research/advocacy tasks. Besides research and advocacy, he is expert in capacity building, fund raising, proposal writing, data analysis, writing/editing reports, monitoring & evaluation, event management, networking and moderation of electronic discussion forums. He has completed more than 50 significant research/advocacy tasks and participated in a number of international and national events as a resource person. He is also member of several international/national bodies.

Given below are LRF’s priority programme actions and themes/subthemes under the PASDAR Programme to achieve its organizational vision, mission and objectives:

Priority Programme Actions

  1. Research
  2. Advocacy
  3. Capacity Building
  4. Lobbying for Policy Change
  5. Mass Mobilization
  6. Networking and Building Alliances

Programme Themes/sub-themes

The thematic areas of PASDAR Programme are in line with Vision/Mission of the LRF.

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    1. GOAL 01: No Poverty
    2. GOAL 02: Zero Hunger
    3. GOAL 05: Gender Equality
    4. GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
    5. GOAL 13: Climate Action
    6. GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
  • Rights Protection
    1. Women Rights
    2. Consumer Rights
    3. Labour Rights
    4. Youth Rights
    5. Child Rights
    6. Environmental Rights
    7. Food Rights
    8. Land Rights
    9. Peasants Rights
    10. Livelihood Rights
  • End Violence against Women and Girls
    1. Strengthening GBV laws
    2. Increase access to SRHR services
    3. Gender equality and mainstreaming of women in all walks of life
  • Strengthening Women Rights and Women Economic Empowerment
    1. Women’s Right to Land
    2. Women’s Skill Development and Livelihoods Enhancement
    3. Preventing Gender Based Violence
      • Mobilizations, raising awareness & sensitization of target communities on GBV for strengthening prevention efforts
      • Research and Analysis for a Comprehensive Response to GBV
      • Advocacy & Lobbying to increase accountability for GBV
      • Improving response services for survivors of violence
      • Networking and building Alliances for joint actions
  • Environment Justice
    1. Climate Change Adaptations
    2. Gender Dimensions of Climate Change and Natural Disasters
    3. Building Community Resilience to Climate Change
    4. Natural Resource Management
    5. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
    6. Value Chains
  • Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Sustainable / Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Food Security and Nutrition