Shehersaaz is a civil society initiative aimed to make the urban and suburban settlements of Pakistan safer, resilient, sustainable, inclusive, and humane. Shehersaaz undertakes research, identifies problems, and offers and demonstrates solutions for addressing the challenges being faced by urban and sub-urban areas of Pakistan. 

 Our Philosophy

Shehersaaz is a Persian rooted Urdu word compounding Sheher (City or Cities) and Saaz (Maker or Makers). Our subject matter includes all elements that make up or shape a particular city or an urban place including:

  • People or inhabitants and their social, economic and political relations with their fellow inhabitants in the same city as well as with those living elsewhere
  • Natural and built environment
  • Infrastructure, amenities, services, and utilities
  • Administration, planning and governance

Simply we are interested in and deal with all which reflect the image and essence of a city.

Our Aims and Vision

Shehersaaz envisions and aims that all urban and sub-urban places in Pakistan are:

  • Safe from all natural and human-made disasters,safety risks, conflicts and crimes
  • Physically functional and aesthetically appealing
  • Cohesive to natural environment
  • Socially inclusive, culturally vibrant and tolerant to
  • Economically efficient and equitable
  • Politically just, democratic and participatory; and
  • Administratively transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs, rights and aspiration of their inhabitants

What We Do?


  • Undertakes research
  • Advocates solutions and offers alternatives
  • Builds capacities
  • Launches and coordinates public campaigns
  • Develops and publishes literature on various aspects of urban development
  • Collaborates and works with government, nongovernment, academic and research institutionsand businesses;
  • Celebrates local, national and international days;
  • Organizes lectures, competitions and events(expos, exhibitions, seminars and conferences) on a variety of urban development themes

How We Work?

Shehersaaz works in the spirit of a voluntary civil society organization. Most of our activities and tasks are performed voluntarily by citizens and members of Shehersaaz. We are fully aware that our subject matter is broad, mission we pursue is enormous, and activities we undertake are diverse; requiring as many minds and hands as possible. Thus we undertake most of our tasks in collaboration or partnership with:

  • Common citizens
  • Local, provincial and federal government
  • National and international civil society entities
  • Bilateral and multilateral organizations
  • Educational and research institutions, and;
  • Businesses

Thematic Areas

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Research, planning, training, advocacy are key endeavors of Shehersaaz in the thematic areas of; 


Local Governance

Public Health

Child and Human Rights & Youth



Urban Development & Climate Change

Disaster Management


Water and Sanitation



Shehersaaz strives to achieve its objectives by:


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Understanding research engaging experienced and young researchers. Educating and mobilizing communities and activists.
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Preparing and disseminating documentaries, reports, policy dialogues, briefs, and position and discussion papers. Bringing like minded individuals and organizations together by proving forums and making networks.


Shehersaaz started its activities, informally, in 1996 and formally established its office in Lahore in 1998. However it received its registration certificate as a non-government entity under Trust Act 1882 of Pakistan in 2002. Since then, Shehersaaz’s central secretariat is located in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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