Regional Networking

Regional networking in itself is one of the thematic areas for SAP-PK in its struggle to strengthen democracy, peace and human security in South Asian region. To implement this, SAP-PK operates in an autonomous arrangement developed with SAP International. SAP International is based in Kathmandu. The network is operational in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal. In Pakistan, it is present in the form of SAP-PK.

In regional networking, SAP-PK collaborates with a number of civil society organizations, social movements and networks. We are also a member of

  1. South Asian Peace Alliance (SAPA)
  2. South Asian Small Arms Network (SASA Net)
  3. South Asian Peoples Summit (SAPS)
  4. World Social Forum (WSF)
  5. Pak-India Peoples Forum for Peace and Development (PIPFPD) and
  6. Women Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA)

SASA-Net was established in 2001 to campaign against the spread of small arms and light weapons and the impact of these weapons on human security. The network is open to all organizations and activists in the region who are committed to a peaceful resolution of conflicts, combating small arms proliferation and working towards the common goal of promoting human security. SAP-PK is its one of the energetic members in view of the problems associated with small arms in Pakistan.

To further the cause of solidarity and cooperation among SAARC countries, SAP-PK is also part of South Asian Peoples Summit. South Asian People’s Summit is SAP’s initiative parallel to the official SAARC summits to help voices of the people of South Asia reach the policy formulating bodies. It is an assembly of activists, social workers and representatives of humanitarian civil society organization of South Asia to build consensus and solidarity among the civil society organizations, social workers and activists of South Asia.

SAP-PK along with other SAPs through SAP-International has been taking policy level initiatives for major reforms in the region. The agenda includes:

  1. democratic process within the political parties;
  2.  independence of Election Commission for greater participation of marginalized sections, women and religious minorities in the political process;
  3. free and fair elections and
  4. representation of excluded sections in the elected parliaments.