Since its transformation from a bilateral development project of the governments of Pakistan and Canada to a national not-for-profit organization in 1994, registered under the Companies Ordinance 1984; Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) has become the leading Pakistani rights-based civil society organization, in terms of its countrywide presence and outreach. SPO’s thematic areas are substantiated by the organization’s expertise on social mobilization, advocacy and capacity building.
SPO operates through nine permanent offices that include one National Centre and two Regional Offices each in Balochistan (Turbat & Quetta), Khyber Pukhtunnkhwa (D.I. Khan & Peshawar), Punjab (Multan & Lahore) and Sindh (Hyderabad & Karachi). National Centre is managed by five support departments including Finance, Internal Audit, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting, Admin and Human Resource, and three project management units, namely, Technical Support Unit, Special Projects Unit, and Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit.
‘A democratic, socially just and tolerant society guided by participatory principles, which realizes the full potential of its people and their aspirations for sustainable and self-reliant development’
‘To strengthen and support community organizations and public interest institutions of Pakistan for the benefit of poor and disadvantaged sections of society for sustainable development through a participatory approach’