The core philosophy that guides Engage is that many of the issues experienced by Pakistan and Pakistanis are rooted in a knowledge and experience differential between the privileged few and the underprivileged many. This differential leads to, broadly, two groups that find it difficult to communicate with each other because the language, idioms and modes of expression they use differ to a great degree. Engage believes that this differential needs to be acknowledged and that the best way to do this is to make content accessible through the adoption and use of language, idioms and ideas that this majority regards as being authentically Pakistani.
Who we are
Engage Foundation for Research and Dialogue is a research and discourse generation collective that was established in 2015 and seeks to approach issues of human rights, citizenship and democratization in an interdisciplinary and inter-sectional manner with the hope that a nuanced and sensitive exploration of relevant issues will lead to engagement with an audience beyond the privileged English speaking minority of Pakistan. Engage attempts to present dense or overlooked subjects of public importance in captivating audio and visual formats with the hope that exposure to such subjects will lead to a broader public understanding of life in a modern democratic state.
What we do
Research work on issues of public importance, democratization and rule of law
Presentation of research in an accessible way through the production of animated and documentary style videos
Video production in association with and in support of partner organizations such as the National Commission for Human Rights
Production of audio books and podcasts
Talks and universities in partnership with universities