Migrant communities in Pakistan

International Alert has published new research aimed at strengthening the role of the private sector in supporting the peaceful integration of migrant communities in Pakistan, with a special focus on access to security and justice.

The three reports, produced in partnership with the international development company DAI, is part of the ‘Enhanced democratic accountability and civic engagement’ (EDACE) project.

The first report discusses the challenges and issues of the social integration of migrant communities. This has long been an issue of concern for governments around the world, in terms of both migration between and within countries. Internal migration has increased dramatically in Pakistan in recent years, largely due to growing urbanisation. When people move in this way, even within the same country, they bring with them different religious, ethnic and cultural traditions and practices. Yet there has been little attention paid to understanding this phenomenon and what it means for stability in the country. This research therefore goes some way to addressing this question. You can read the report here.

The second report looks into the role the private sector can play in improving public security and access to justice in Pakistan. The provision of security and access to justice are universally regarded as essential public services, and basic prerequisites for promoting good governance and ensuring a peaceful society, which in turn are essential for sustained social and economic development. This research discusses what a lack of security and access to justice can mean for businesses. It also provides examples of where the private sector has played a role in improving public security and access to justice, in Pakistan and elsewhere. This includes discussion of our work in Jacobabad and Kashmore districts in Sindh province. You can read the report here.

Finally, the third report looks at the issue of ‘peace-sensitivity’ in the development sector. Peace-sensitivity is about maximising the positive impact that development efforts have on peace, enabling organisations to work more effectively in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. By being more peace-sensitive in the planning and implementation of activities, development organisations can be better equipped not to increase the unintended risk of creating or exacerbating social tensions locally. The research introduces analytical parameters for peace-sensitivity within development programming and discusses key challenges in making peace-sensitivity more applicable for development practice. You can read the report here.

You can find out more about our work in Pakistan here.