PAIMAN- an Urdu word meaning Promise, was established on March 8th, 2004. Pro-active in functioning, pro-people in thinking, result oriented in projects and participatory in training methods, PAIMAN’s promise revolves around linking people and communities to opportunities by realising their potential and widening their horizons.
PAIMAN is a national organisation working across Pakistan in sectors including governance and democracy; gender and development; women, peace and security (WPS); preventing violent extremism; livelihood development and health and education.
PAIMAN is a pioneer in preventing/ countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in Pakistan and is internationally recognised, appreciated and has received international awards for its landmark innovative initiatives in the field of P/CVE, de-radicalisation and peacebuilding. Under its ‘Let’s live in Peace’ programme, PAIMAN’s model of empowering communities to prevent violent extremism through community peace structure called TOLANA is being replicated in Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia and Afghanistan. PAIMAN’s P/CVE framework is being shared internationally through videos and training material by various international organisations and NGOs. PAIMAN’s Centre for Leadership and PVE established in 2008 in Islamabad acts as a resource, research and training institute on the subject of Leadership, WPS, youth mobilisation for positive engagement, and peace education for the region and beyond.