Through SUBAI, the European Union Delegation in Pakistan is committed to the creation of a “shared vision” and building trusted partnerships with Pakistan’s democratic institutions.

The EU and Provincial Assemblies are working together to strengthen democracy in Pakistan. 

The EU Ambassador, H.E. Jean-François Cautain, addressing the SUBAI Launch Event

SUBAI’s vision statement endorsed by all the Provincial and Legislative Assembly Speakers during the March 2017 Launch event, highlights that the Project is taking a partnership approach to working with the Assemblies.

To create a shared vision of what success will look like at the end of the project, SUBAI works in a highly consultative way with:

  • Honourable Members of the Provincial and Legislative Assemblies;
  • Secretariats of Provincial and Legislative Assemblies;
  • Committees and other established Parliamentary bodies and their staff;
  • Media outlets/journalists;
  • Lawyers fora, Bar associations, researchers, civil society organizations, think tanks, academic institutions;
  • Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), the Federal National Assembly and the Senate of Pakistan.

In collaboration with the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), SUBAI seeks to avoid duplicating the provision of support in areas where PIPS already provides services. This underpins the importance of PIPS and SUBAI collaborating and regularly planning and designing interventions that add value and respond to the stated needs of the individual Assemblies. In addition, the long-term sustainability of the SUBAI interventions relies on PIPS as the permanent, premier Institution in Pakistan providing a range of Parliamentary services.

To ensure that SUBAI is responding to the needs of each Provincial and Legislative Assembly there is a formal governance architecture that helps provide decision making structures and operational day to day oversight of the Project interventions. These include:

SUBAI team meets with the Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Provincial Assembly Project Steering Committees (PSC) Chaired by the Honourable Speaker and attended by the European Delegation,
  • Provincial Assembly Project Assurance Technical Working Groups (PATWG) usually Chaired by the Provincial Assembly Secretariat who monitor the work and technical delivery of SUBAI at the operational level.
  • All Provincial and Legislative Assemblies now have bespoke Workplans which were developed in collaboration and cover the duration of the SUBAI project up to October 2019.

SUBAI ensures that all technical assistance is part of a sustainable development pathway which over time will increase the likelihood of measurable long-term outcomes and impact. This is monitored through an adaptive Theory of Change approach underpinned by a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan. The Project charts and gathers evidence about the changes that emerge as a result of the support provided.

SUBAI team meeting at the Legislative Assembly of Gilgit Baltistan.

SUBAI will engage with experts in democratic governance who are able to contextualize the means to deliver the technical assistance and ensure that there are opportunities for national, regional and international perspectives to be reflected in the design of the support provided. This will also enable other EU funded projects in the rural development; nutrition; education; justice; economic empowerment and peace building sectors to collaborate with SUBAI to maximize the impact of the EU funded assistance to Pakistan.