Lahore, Pakistan
Joined August 2018

Musawi is an independent organization with a broad and multidisciplinary research mandate and emphasis on all facets of development in Pakistan.

Presence in: Pakistan
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Women's Rights

Established in March of 2018, Musawi is an organization comprising highly trained lawyers, economists and public policy specialists, who bring their diverse experiences from the practical and theoretical domains to provide a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to each problem. Musawi has an open research mandate; the personnel in our team have worked on national and international projects pertaining to exploratory research, monitoring and evaluation, experimental design and intervention, impact assessment and survey implementation, strategic litigation on human rights, advocacy geared towards legislative and policy reform, capacity building and training assessments. Members of Musawi have experience spanning over a decade of working with the Federal and Provincial governments in Pakistan and International Organizations.

Musawi’s present thematic areas of focus include: awareness-raising on and working with local governments and communities to localize the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030; criminal justice reform, including capacity building and training of justice sector stakeholders on rule of law and human rights standards; enhancing access to justice and accountability for gender-based violence and torture; environmental justice; education – including increasing access at the primary level through monitoring and evaluation of existing donor led programs – and a separate initiative on clinical legal education in law schools.

Musawi is currently in the inception phase of developing a project on Legal Identity and Citizenship focusing on children living in slums and informal settlements and the challenge that poses for access to education at the primary level. As part of that work, Musawi will be creating a network of community based para-legals.

Musawi means equality, and that is what we strive for in all our work — equal opportunities and rights for every individual regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, religion or economic background.