Background & Description

Launch of Oxfam report on inequality


The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Since last three years Oxfam uses this opportunity as a global confederation wide influencing moment. In 2018, an important Event it Up campaign spike is also happening globally with Oxfam launching a report on what’s really happening with inequality around the world, and how does this relate to poverty. This year’s report will bring some killer facts on level of inequality as well as deep dive into the issue of labour and wages in global chains and how unequal distribution of value among different actors is causing inequality.

The report will lend support to efforts around the World Economic Forum’s resolve to ‘tackle rising inequality’. Oxfam in Pakistan will observe the Davos Action Week to launch the report at the national level and mobilize support for eradicating inequality through a series of activities.

Indus Consortium in collaboration with Oxfam will celebrate the Action Week and organize the important activities which also includes a Public Policy Forum, in which formally the report will be launched. The policy forum will target think tanks, policy makers, academia, CSOs and donors. It will be hosted in Islamabad for 2.30 hours (10.30-13.00 hrs) on 22 January 2018. The Chief Guest of the Forum will be Honorable Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate of Pakistan. The key note speaker is renowned economist Dr. Qaisar Bengali, whereas the guest speakers including Mr. Pervez Tahir and Mr. Karamat Ali. The guest speakers will talk on the different aspects of the inequality in Pakistan.

In parallel of the Public Policy Forum, Indus Consortium will be holding an art and drawing exhibition.  The exhibition will display the artwork drawings and Paintings—of the underprivileged school students. The exhibition will showcase the work highlighting themes relating to poverty, inequality and imbalances in labour wages and entitlements. It is asserted that the artwork will raise community’s awareness about the issues of poverty and inequality and serve as a tool to influence minds and mobilize support for a meaningful action.

Indus Consortium will engage Arid University Students as volunteers for the event and in Blog writing competition to engage the youth in the global discourse on inequality, poverty and the issues of labor and wages in the country. All the volunteers and participants of the blog writing competition will be awarded with the certificates of participation whereas the three prize winners will be given the shields as well.

In the evening of 22 January 2018, an Inequality concert will be organized. The idea is to contact and bring the bands of kids who experienced poverty and exclusion. However, their love to music has made them prominent and now they are part of different bands. The concert will relay the key inequality messages in between different songs and we will try to explore whether there are songs which communicate the different forms of inequality.


  1. Public Policy forum and report launch

The important activity is organizing a public policy forum where we launch the report. The policy forum will target think tanks, policy makers, academia, CSOs and donors. It will be hosted in Lok Virsa Islamabad for 2.30 hours (10.30-13.00 hrs). The Chief Guest of the Forum is Honorable Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate of Pakistan. The guest speakers will talk on the following different aspects of the inequality in Pakistan:




Introduction of the event, global moment and report


Mr. Mohammad Qazilbash, Country Director Oxfam Pakistan

15 minutes

Inequality and labour rights/wages with special focus on women labor wages in Pakistan


Mr. Karamat Ali, Director PILER 

10 minutes

Inequality and taxation policies

 Dr Nadia Tahir


10 minutes

inequality and public spending

Dr. Pervez Tahair


10 minutes

Gender inequality 

Dr. Fouzia Saeed, Director Lok Virsa

10 minutes

Launch of report by distingued guests



05 Minutes

Talk by key note speaker on Economic Inequalities in Pakistan

Dr. Kaisar Bengali, renowned Economist

20 minutes




20 minutes

Concluding Remarks


Mr. Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate of Pakistan

15 minutes





Media mobilization will be an important component for this campaign activity. All three types of media, print, electronic and social media will be mobilized. Two to three TV talk shows on main stream TV channels will be arranged. In addition, TV packages and the boosting of the event on social media will be managed.

Consultancy details:


Indus Consortium is seeking Media consultant to ensure following things of the event.

  • Three TV talk shows will be organized on mainstream TV channels including PTV and others
  • Develop Press Release in English, get sign off from Indus Consortium and Oxfam and circulate it to all newspapers
  • Translation of English version of press release in Urdu and releases it to Urdu newspapers
  • Invite mainstream electronic media of Islamabad, ensure 05 media packages are developed and on-aired as well. Consultant will share the clips and media coverage with Indus Consortium.
  • Collect all the records of TV talk show, packages on-aired and newspaper covered the event.
  • Consultant should be based in Islamabad and he should be available on event day.
How to Apply

The suitable and experience firms and individuals having relevant experience of Media management of approximately 5 years are eligible to apply for the assignment.

Interested candidate and firms should apply for the consultancy via submitting technical and financial proposal with breakup, CVs of lead consultant and co- consultants, not later than 16 January 2018 close to COB on

About Organization

Indus Consortium is a collaborative platform of three rights-based development organizations i.e. Laar Humanitarian Development Program (LHDP), Doaba Foundation and HELP Foundation. These three organizations have been active since long time mainly responding to natural disasters and other development needs of their respective operational areas along River Indus. These organization adopted an innovative approach to create a joint platform for learning, synergy, evidence based advocacy to address macro level structure causes of development problem on the basis of their field experience and create solidarity among communities living around river Indus and are vulnerable to natural and manmade disasters.

The joint platform is a manifestation of a joint force of the people living around Sindhu (Indus River) basin in Pakistan. The Consortium represents the unity among various groups of different ethnic, linguistic and geographic features and their determination to struggle for the development of the people around Indus River.

The concept of a joint forum of various organizations for the holistic socio-economic development of these least served rural, riverine, disaster-prone and marginalized communities was visualized by Doaba Foundation district Muzaffargarh and shared with LHDP in District Badin. This pragmatic and innovate idea got acceptance and proved a step towards joint thinking in 2004. . In 2005 another likeminded organization - HELP Foundation - from povertystricken district of Rajanpur in Punjab, joined the two organizations i. With the association of these three based organizations the thinking firmed up to create a development consortium for improved research and coordination.. For this transitional purpose, another prominent research & development actor - Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI) based in Islamabad – became part of the consortium in 2008.

The idea was materialized in the form of establishment of Indus Consortium in 2008. The consortium being a joint platform form aimed to carry out socio-economic, environmental, DRR-centric and rights-based development initiatives primarily in proximity of the banks of historical River Indus in the districts like Thatta, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Ghotki and Kashmor in Sindh province, and Layyah, Jhang, Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, D.G.Khan, Rajanpur and Rahimyar Khan in Punjab province. The consortium devised the Terms of Reference (TORs) with the consultation of the three founding organizations at field level work, and with the RDPI for research, collaboration and coordination.

Source: Strategic Planning Document of Indus Consortium (2014-2018)