Introduction to CIL

A Code for Pakistan Civic Innovation Lab is a group of volunteers who meet regularly to collaborate with government, non-profits and media organization on technology, data, policy and design projects that strengthen their communities. Every lab is led by a lab Manager who is responsible for building the community and maintaining the relationship between the Lab and the local partners. Lab members meet at least monthly; most CIL meet with greater frequency and have a range of monthly programming. All Labs are connected through an online forum in order to share stories and support each other’s work. Labs are also closely coordinated with Code for Pakistan’s other programs: the Fellowship, the Accelerator, and the Peer Network.


We meet regularly to collaborate with local stakeholders (including Government, Partner Non-profit Organizations and Media Organization) on project that focus on how to use 21st century web and data tools to improve civic interfaces.

Some Labs go beyond software and advocate for a change in city policy. These Labs work to build trust with their local governments and negotiate a shared vision. Some Labs have members who are on local civic tech advisory boards and are seen as influential members with respected public policy understanding.