CCHD has been big on networking since its inception. From 2000 to date, CCHD established many a networks, which were instrumental in national level outreach of its objectives. These networks included regional media, civil society organizations working on governance, political education and human rights. Following networks of CCHD has been nationally recognized by the donor, civil society organizations, media and the government:
Insaf Network Pakistan (INP): It is a formal network and is registered. CCHD is a National Advocacy/ Laison/ Networking member of the nationally recognized registered “INSAF NETWORK PAKISTAN (INP)”, established in 2011.
Strengthening Local Participation for Early Recovery and Rehabilitation of Flood Affectees (SLP-ERR): It is an informal alliance of NGOs. Itwas formed by CCHD in 2010 in both Punjab and Sindh after the 2010 floods to address humanitarian issues at the community level. There are 80 local organizations from 12 districts of Punjab and 70 organizations from 11 districts of Sindh as alliance members with the CCHD. These local organizations have been selected under a strict criteria developed in partnership with them, which includes their legal status, last year audit reports, progress reports, engagement in emergency relief in flood affected areas, their capacity in terms of human and other resources, and their repute in general.
Free And Fare Election Network (FAFEN): It is a formal network and is registered. CCHD is a founder member of the FAFEN, established in 2006 by 30 non-governmental organizations to observe the general elections and mobilize the voters.
Network for Electoral Participation (NEP): It is a formal network and is registered. The organization has been elected as national and provincial chair of the network in 2007. It is a network of 400 registered NGOs/CSOs, non-profit & non-political organizations, research & higher education institutes etc interested in partnership with the Election Commission of Pakistan to promote electoral participation of all citizens, especially socially excluded groups including women. It is an autonomous Umbrella Organization to build its NGO members’ capacity, increase their access to resources and create a sustainable link with Election Commission of Pakistan and network partners for strengthening electoral processes in Pakistan. It supplements and compliments Election Commission of Pakistan efforts to promote participation of all Pakistani citizens, especially socially excluded groups including women, in the electoral processes. It liaises with Election Commission of Pakistan and facilitates exchange of information & experiences/best practices among other partners.
These advocacy networks were established for the purpose of political education and promotion of women rights and women’s political engagement are described below:
Core Group of Women in Politics (informal) was established by the CCHD in 2005. It consisted of 120 members from 6 districts of Punjab as a coordinating body to facilitate women’s political participation in their respective districts in collaboration with other civil society organizations.
United Front of Women in Politics (informal) was established in 12 districts of both Punjab (7 districts) and KPK (5 districts) in 2003-4 to addressed common issues of political women across political parties by uniting political women and activists on one platform.
Regional Media Network (informal) was established in 28 districts of Sindh, KPK and Punjab. It consisted of regional media, electronic media, and women journalists to promote rights of the people and women’s political empowerment. It was established by the CCHD in 2003. The network provided many a case studies of politically successful women for advocacy purpose in the print and electronic media, besides carrying the political campaign for women involvement in general and local government elections..
Citizens’ Network for Good Governance (informal) the organization was elected as a national chair of the network in 2002 and the network was established with 150 civil society organizations, NGO networks and elected councilors interested in promotion of good governance at the community level and women’s participation in politics. It aimed to build capacity of its network members through trainings and provision of resource information materials. It provided opportunities for fund raising at the governmental level to undertake development projects at the community level.