SAP-PK derives its name from a regional network, i.e., South Asia Partnership. This is a volunteer network of participatory development-support organizations operating under the same name and for the same purposes in Canada and four South Asian countries, i.e., Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It has some presence in India as well, through a collective form of three different organizations. All these organizations and Sri Lanka Center for Development Facilitation collectively form SAP-International.
South Asia Partnership - Pakistan’s vision is to create an engendered, critical society in South Asia based on the universal principles of human dignity, justice, democracy and peaceful coexistence.
The mission of South Asia Partnership - Pakistan is to create enabling environment for participatory governance and sustainable collective action for peace, human security and regional cooperation at South Asian level, through organization of the marginalized sections of society and development of their capacities.
Create enabling environment for democratic governance and effective citizens’ participation through informed and effective voice of the poor, especially workers and peasants.
Facilitate pro-people civil society initiatives at national, regional and global levels promoting collective actions for peace, justice, human security and livelihood.
Increase sensitivity and harmony among people; actions against structural violence in our society through peaceful means and movements.
Contribute to pro-people collaborations between and among international organizations on important international concerns.
SAP-PK’s initiatives are based on its development philosophy that people are at the center. This understanding helps SAP-PK design its programs around the basic and strategic needs and fundamental rights of the people, especially who are disadvantaged and unheard. Following thrusts are the basis of SAP-PK’s national and regional programs:
- Democratic Governance;
- Poverty and Sustainable Livelihood;
- Human Security and Safe Environment;
- Peace and Regional Cooperation;
- Gender and Development;
- Male and Female Workers (including those who are semi-employed or employed in the informal sector)
- Farmers, both male and female
- Religious Minorities
- Elected Representatives and State Officials
- Civil Society Groups, especially Media and Lawyers
- Youth Groups