National Centre for Dispute Resolution

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The National Centre for Dispute Resolution provides Alternative Dispute Resolution in Pakistan.
Last updated: December 2019

National Centre for Dispute Resolution (NCDR), formerly known as Karachi Centre for Dispute Resolution (KCDR) was established in February 2007 with the approval of the High Court of Sindh. The Centre has given recommendations to the government for the implementation of ADR in Pakistan. It has also drafted “Mediation Bill 2014” and submitted it to the Federal Government. The Centre also recommends amendments in the High Court Rules related to Alternative Dispute Resolution. NCDR is headed by the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice (retd.) Saiduzzaman Siddiqui who is the driving force behind the Centre.

National Centre for Dispute Resolution (NCDR) initiated a community mediation project in collaboration with SPADO. The project aimed at establishing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in three target areas of Karachi namely, Korangi, Sultanabad / Hijrat Colony and Jamhuria. Community representatives, religious scholars (Muslims and Christians), women and police officers were trained under this project in the art of conflict prevention and management. Within two months after their training, NCDR started receiving reports of disputes resolved by the training individuals. A total of 52 out of 53 disputes were resolved in two months.

In 2015, NCDR organized training programs on “women empowerment through conflict resolution” and “promotion of non-violent conflict resolution amongst religious scholars” in Karachi.

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