Project Title

Support to Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment / Improving Citizen Engagement through Devolution (ICED)


Consortium of Department for International Development (DFID), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Royal Norwegian Embassy Pakistan (NORAD), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and United Nations Development program (UNDP)


August 2003 to May 2012.

Geographical Coverage

68 districts in total including 12 from Balochistan (Awaran, Gawadar, Killa Abdullah, Killa Saifullah, Lasbela, Mastung, Naseerabad, Pishin, Quetta, Sherani, Turbat, Zhob), 19 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(Abbottabad, Bannu, Battagram, Buner, Charsadda, Chitral, Haripur, Karak, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, Lower Dir, Malakand, Mansehra, Nowshera, Peshawar, Shangla,Swabi, Swat, Upper Dir), 22 from Punjab(Attock, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Chakwal, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Jehlum, Jhang, Kasur, Khanewal, Lahore, Lodhran, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Narowal, Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur, Rawalpindi , Sargodha, Sheikhupura, Sialkot), 15 from Sindh(Vehari, Badin, Ghotki, acobabad, Khairpur, Matiari, Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Shahdatkot, Shikarpur, Sukkur, Tando Allah Yar, Tharparkar, Thatta, Umer Kot)


ICED was envisioned to address the issue of low levels of citizen engagement in the post devolution scenario of Pakistan. This program was aimed at increasing accountability of state to its citizens by striving to increase citizens' engagement with the state by activating key entitlements envisaged in the Local Government Ordinance 2001 and Police Order 2002. It was aimed at securing citizen's rights by leveraging constitutionally sanctioned resources and other entitlements from the state to deliver key demand driven services at community level. Strategically, the program strived to engage stakeholders/actors on both demand and supply side, undertook their capacity building and provided institutional support to facilitate the whole process. Overall, more than 3 million citizens benefited from different components of this elaborate program.


To make CCB registration mechanisms more responsive, and transparent.
Enable citizens to access public funds effectively by CCBs
Enable citizens to claim a broad range of LGO 2001 entitlements (beyond public funds for CCB schemes/projects)
Improve state-citizen accountability mechanisms through the LGO 2001

Key Results

0.84 million citizens organized to form citizen community boards(CCBs) in target Districts
£44.36 Millions government funds utilized for 15350 projects including 1204 projects by female and socially excluded CCBs while benefitting 0.236 million citizens
More than 1.5 Million citizens engaged in different forums such as citizen community boards (CCB) network, KKs (Khulli Katcheris), Local Councils Association (LCAs), Community empowerment Round Tables (CERTs), and Village and Neighborhood Councils (V&NCs)
More than 120,000 citizens trained on obtaining various citizen entitlements envisaged

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Last updated: 19.11.2013

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