The Context

In the process of human evolution, cities have emerged as dynamic and vibrant centers. Nowhere are these changes dramatic than in Asia. In Pakistan the Pace is so high that the urban population will double in less than a decade. Urbanization however, is coming with cost. The rate of urbanization exceeding the efforts to manage them as brought unprecedented challenges. This trend obviously entails a major reorientation of national development approach. Unfortunately, in Pakistan, with its highly rural-biased policies, the Government has instigated few sporadic initiations in this direction. The limited resources allocation has resulted these ‘engines of growth’ into ‘dismays of civilization’. In the absence of proper planning, implementation and enforcement, the limited land and other resources of this already poor country are lodged into unsustainable and inequitable uses. The deteriorating urban environment-pollution, crime and congestions are the manifestation of inadequate and delayed responses. Urban poor are the obvious victims of this dilemma.

In this context Pakistan Community Peace Foundation (PCPF) intends to address the issues through two prong approaches- advocate in favor of sustainable urban development at all levels of governance and facilitate in urban services delivery to most needy population through community participation.


PCPF envisions livable cities in Pakistan which is authentic, prosperous, secured and just.


The mission of PCPF is to promote and facilitate state of art methodologies and technologies in establishing vibrant, productive, participatory and sustainable cities in Pakistan.


  • Believe that integrated urban development can only be achieved through holistic and multidisciplinary interventions.
  • Emphasizes on building long-term sustainable solutions
  • Explores to understand existing indigenous local knowledge and best practices
  • Recognizes that inclusion and participation of people are vital


Guided by people- centered policy, we adopt community-based approach where we strive for partnership with other stakeholders including local and central governments. Recognizing the complexities of urban centers we take multi-disciplinary approach in the search of sustainable solutions. Advocating for policy reforms at higher level and capacity building at local level through rooted advocacy in favor of forgotten majority urban population, will be the strategy of PCPF.

‘Advocacy planning’ to make the cities inclusive of all of its stakeholders is another approach where we strive for the participation of all groups within a community so that it becomes inclusive and their voices are heard. Research and action research are the tools employed in these ventures.


With the given wide range of urban domain, the main focus of PCPF is in the most burning and primary issues. Therefore, urban poor are our first priority area. Providing basic infrastructures like water and sanitation, disaster management, information systems and transportation planning are our major activity areas. Advocating pro-poor and people- centred sustainable solutions is an equally important domain of PCPF.


Pakistan Community Peace Foundation envisions and aims that all urban and sub-urban places in Pakistan are:

Pakistan Community Peace Foundation and SDG 11

the  principal purpose of PCPF is to work for sustainable development and management of cities and other human settlements.


To improve the resilience of communities and urban and rural human settlements to climate change and natural and human-made hazards and disasters;

To work with government, communities, and other stakeholders for achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are relevant to  PCPF mandate and implementation of New Urban Agenda (Habitat III); Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Paris Agreement on Climate Change; and other relevant international conventions and covenants signed or ratified, as the case may be, by Government of Pakistan.

PCPF is a civil society initiative aimed to make the urban and suburban settlements of Pakistan safer, resilient, sustainable, inclusive, and humane. PCPF undertakes research, identifies problems, and offers and demonstrates solutions for addressing the challenges being faced by urban and sub-urban areas of Pakistan.

Safe from all natural and human-made disasters, safety risks, conflicts and crimes

Physically functional and aesthetically appealing, Cohesive to natural , environment

culturally vibrant and tolerant to diversity

Economically efficient and equitable

Politically just, democratic and participatory; and

Administratively transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs, rights and aspiration of their inhabitants


Undertakes research

Advocates solutions and offers alternatives

Builds capacities

Launches and coordinates public campaigns

Develops and publishes literature on various aspects of urban development

Collaborates and works with government, non-government, academic and research institutions and businesses;

Celebrates local, national and international days;

and Organizes lectures, competitions and events(expos, exhibitions, seminars and conferences) on a variety of urban development themes


How We Work?

Pakistan Community Peace Foundation works in the spirit of a voluntary civil society organization. Most of our activities and tasks are performed voluntarily by citizens and members of PCPF. We are fully aware that our subject matter is broad, mission we pursue is enormous, and activities we undertake are diverse; requiring as many minds and hands as possible. Thus we undertake most of our tasks in collaboration or partnership with:

Common citizens

Local, provincial and federal government


National and international civil society entities

Bilateral and multilateral organizations

Educational and research institutions, and Businesses



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