Root Work Foundation is a vibrant and active civil society organization. It strongly believes in working together and sharing of opportunities, resources, strengths and expertise for addressing common goals. RWF understands that joining hands with forums and networks of similar nature and objectives greatly enhances the productivity and provides useful platform for effectively advocating on the issues of mutual interest. Having this critical fact in mind; RWF has joined and is active member of following forums and networks operating at local / provincial, regional and global levels:
Root Work Foundation is privileged to have the membership / affiliation of following important networks.
International / Global
Child Rights International Network (CRIN)
CRIN is a very important network as for the promotion of rights of children around the globe is concerned. CRIN has inspiration from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and put children's rights on the top of the international agenda. CRIN launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. Website Address:(www.crin.org)
Global Network of CSOs for Disaster Reduction(GNDR)
Global Network of Civil Society Organisations is aimed at working together to improve disaster risk reduction policy and practice at every decision-making level. It facilitates and support the civil society networks through the promotion of NGO partnerships within the inter-governmental system and the ongoing sharing of information and knowledge on DRR that is relevant to civil society organizations. Website Address:
International Disaster Response Network (IDRN)
The International Disaster Response Network (IDRN) is a collection of organizations and individuals who are committed to work together in preparation, training and response when significant international disaster events occur. It provides significant capacity building resources to organizations and communities for dealing with disaster situations. Website Address:(www.idrn.info)
Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN)
The Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) is a free professional networking site that works to foster dialogue and sharing of resources in international development, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming, human rights, social entrepreneurship and related fields. PCDN seeks to create horizontal networking and information sharing for individuals and groups around the world. Members can chat with each other, create blogs, add to discussion topics, and share current research, experiences and challenges from the field. Website Address:(www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org)
TakingITGlobal's mission is to empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges.It use the power of online community to facilitate global education, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement for millions of youth worldwide. Founded in 1999, it is one of the leading social network for global citizenship, bringing together over 340,000 members with more than 22,000 non-profit organizations and 4.5 million young people. Website Address:(www.tigweb.org)
World Association of NGOs (WANGO)
The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) is one of the world's preeminent membership associations for NGOs, with members in over 140 countries. The WANGO is an international organization uniting NGOs worldwide in the cause of advancing peace and global well being. WANGO helps to provide the mechanism and support needed for NGOs to connect, partner, share, inspire, and multiply their contributions to solve humanity's basic problems. Root Work Foundation received WANGO's formal membership in 2009. Website Address:(www.wango.org)
World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS)
Root Work Foundation also joined CIVICUS The World Alliance for Citizen Participation in year 2009. CIVICUS is an international alliance of members and partners which constitute an influential network of organizations at the local, national, regional and international levels. CIVICUS has a vision of a global community of active, engaged citizens committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world. Website Address: (www.civicus.org)
South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)
The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is a regional network that uses economic tools and analyses to address South Asia's environmental challenges. Its main goal is to build the professional skills required to enable South Asians to address local and global environmental concerns. SANDEE works in seven countries in South Asia - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka Website Address:.(www.sandeeonline.org)
National / Provincial
Human Resource Development Network (HRDN)
Human Resource Development Network (HRDN) is a body of development professionals and organizations that believe and put in efforts for equal participation of women in decision making, supporting women and girls in realization of their full human rights and reducing gender inequalities in terms of development resources and benefits. Website Address: http://www.hrdn.net
Network of Organizations Working for People with Disabilities in Pakistan (NOPDP)
Network of Organizations Working for People with Disabilities in Pakistan is a group of organizations committed to work for improving the quality of life of the persons with disabilities in the country. It strives for bringing a positive change in the social attitudes towards people with disabilities and pave the way for an equal and inclusive world for the differently-abled person. Website Address: (http://www.nowpdp.org/)
Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development & Transparency (PILDAT)
PILDAT is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit indigenous think tank focused on political and public policy research and legislative strengthening. Its mission is to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan focusing on focusing on democracy, governance and public policy. Website Address: (www.pildat.org)
National Humanitarian Network
The National Humanitarian Network (NHN) is a network of Civil Society Organizations to envisage a responsible and accountable role of humanitarian institutions and associated stakeholders for a safer and disaster resilient communities in Pakistan. Its mission is to act as an independent and vibrant voice engaging stakeholders for promotion of humanitarian values, influencing policies and building capacities and ensuring right based humanitarian response. The network also connects the affected, marginalized and deprived populations with their stakeholders through different means and ways.
NHNhas its chapters in all four provinces of Pakistan. The national secretariat of NHN is currently with Sungi Development Foundation at Islamabad.
The first secretariat of NHN Sindh Chapter was with Civil Society Support Program (CSSP). Currently, the Secretariat is with Root Work Foundation (RWF).
The Sindh Chapter of NHN is quite vibrant and active and has conducted a large number of meetings, dialogues and events with its members, CSOs, PDMA and UNOCHA on various issues and matters pertaining to Humanitarian Response.
The members of NHN Sindh Chapter show a lot of commitment and dedication to the cause of NHN. It is worth appreciating that Sindh Chapter members has financially contributed a lot for the successful running of Network activities in Sindh Province.
Root Work Foundation, being the secretariat of Sindh Chapter, has hosted a number of events and meetings of NHN in Sindh Province. In order to strengthen and systematize the data base of Sindh Chapter members; the secretariat with the consensus of Provincial Executive Committee is currently going through review of its members documents / profiles and also collecting applications from new organizations to join NHN Sindh. NHN Sindh Chapter is quite concerned about the transparent and accountable working of NHN in Sindh Province and for this, the current Secretariat is trying its level best and is trying its best to make this network more accountable and more transparent.
Sindh Chapter Website:
Root Work Foundation has taken initiative and has developed a separate website of NHN Sindh Chapter. This website not only provides a lots of information about NHN Members and its activities but also it serves as a huge data base of different information related to Sindh Province and the information related to Humanitarian Work in Sindh. Please have a look of the website: Website Address: www.nhnsindh.net
Sindh Land Reforms Movement
The Sindh Land Reforms Movement (SLRM) is an alliance of civil society and grass-roots organizations that have come together with a mandate to push for specific structural and legislative actions to enable rural citizens access their constitutional rights and entitlements.
Majority of the rural population have agriculture as a major source of livelihood in Sindh. Though the share of agriculture in GDP is declining, agriculture has remained the largest sector in terms of employment indicating massive neglect of policy-makers towards rural economy. Skewed landholdings, increasing fragmentation of farms and lack of support in terms of policy, infrastructure, inputs and investment characterize the sector. Working arrangements in agriculture-wage work, tenant farming, share cropping--are exploitative and/or yield little earnings. In addition, agricultural work force is denied rights at work place and excluded from labor laws.
The vulnerability of rural populace is particularly intensified in events of natural disasters or man-made crisis of economic, political and social in nature. The devastation of the marginalized population after 2010 and 2011 floods revealed a vulnerable rural society deeply mired in socio-economic deprivation and suffers from the concentration of power in the hands of few. It emerged that rebuilding decent lives and livelihoods of the rural population require a new social contract of the state with the people and a massive overhaul of government priorities and policies.
As a part of Civil Society, Root Work Foundation (RWF) is founding member of SLRM and actively participates in all activities of the alliance meant for the marginalized rural population-the haris (Farmers), wage workers, share croppers, bonded laborers to raise their voice and claims their right and entitlements as equal citizens. The volunteer and contributive role of RWF in the alliance is quite crucial for the movement on Land Reforms in Sindh.