We’re a non-profit building a non-partisan civic innovation ecosystem working to improve the quality of life across Pakistan.
We believe that digital technology, when used correctly, can both improve governance and open new channels for citizens to more meaningfully engage in the public sphere and have a positive impact on their communities.
Through the creation of open source technology to address civic needs, we aim to transform civic life by increasing civic engagement, encouraging the opening of government data, and supporting innovation in the public domain.
Trust in civic institutions is eroding and too many of our fellow citizens view government as bureaucratic, corrupt, and inefficient — or worse, as something that stifles progress rather than as a potential force for good.
Collaboration between citizens, tech developers, and domain experts in local governments can address civic needs and enhance civic life. This starts to reframe the relationship between local government and citizens, which is essential if the two are to live together, smartly toward a progressive Pakistan!
What We Do
Collaboration with governments to open up data, crowd source data collection, and build useful apps for citizens on top of that data.
Civic Innovation Labs
Local CIL volunteers meet regularly to collaborate on technology projects to improve their communities as part of the global Code for All network.
6-month mentored fellowships enabling coders, designers, community organizers to work alongside domain experts in governments to build and deploy apps.
Events that spark civic engagement, bring software designers and developers together to solve their communities’ needs, and show what’s possible using tech.
Women In Tech
Code for Pakistan provides a concerted outreach campaign, a supportive environment, and opportunities for junior women developers and designers.
Open Source Apps
Citizen-focused Web, Mobile, and SMS applications that improve civic services and information access in Education, Healthcare, Public Safety, Transportation, etc.
Think about your last time stuck in traffic – or at NADRA getting your National ID Card renewed… Ever had to go to the police station? Visited a ghost government school? What about spending untold hours without electricity thanks to load-shedding? No one wants to spend countless hours in traffic or wait in that interminable CNG line. Or pretty much have anything to do with public services, if they can help it. What if interacting with public services wasn’t so painful? What if every trip was a positive, easy experience?
Enter the world of civic hacking. The good kind of hacking. It’s the empowerment of citizens to create solutions themselves. It goes hand-in-hand with government 2.0, which is the notion of true participatory government, where citizens and government collaborate to make their cities better for everyone and help improve government.
As citizens, our relationship with the government tends to be transactional at best – vending machine style. As Tim O’Reilly explains, we put our taxes in (some do, at any rate), and we expect services out. “And when we don’t get what we expect, our participation is limited to protest – essentially, ‘shaking’ the vending machine.” The gap of mistrust between citizens and their government keeps widening as the rest of the society progresses and our expectations of the ability of public services to keep up fall further behind. But in reality, we can do much more than a complaint: we can use our skills to create solutions.
About Code for Pakistan
Code for Pakistan is a non-partisan, non-political organization, which is an IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) California not-for-profit corporation, EIN# 47-1458866. Your donation to Code for Pakistan is tax-deductible.