Every Voice Counts – Pakistan

Every Voice Counts is a programme from CARE Nederland and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for which The Hague Academy provides courses and training. Based on the principle that inclusive governance helps lead to peace and stability, CARE and its partners actively promote effective and inclusive decision-making processes in the world’s most fragile states. Every Voice Counts is active in Afghanistan, Burundi, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan. The project runs from 2016 to 2020.

From 2016-2020, The Hague Academy for Local Governance partner of CARE Netherlands in Every Voice Counts programme (EVC) will build the capacity of Local Authorities (LAs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on inclusive governance. The capacity building support is expected to be concluded in the first three years of the programme.

In Pakistan women and girls in two rural districts of Sindh Province are largely excluded from formal and informal governance structures, despite a favourable legal framework. Women’s marginalization is reinforced by prevailing cultural practices. The intervention aims at enhancing women’s voice in local government and enhancing accountability for the implementation of policies.


  1. Empowerment of members of excluded groups on lobby and advocacy;
  2. Strengthening the advocacy role and capacity of civil society;
  3. Responsive public authorities and other power holders;
  4. Effective spaces for dialogue and negotiation


10 Local Trainers, 45 representatives of Local Authorities and 30 representatives of Civil Society Organisations have been trained. 

Partners: Care Netherlands