Sunday, 27 March 2016

A Quick View of Good Governance Forum

By Mumtaz A. Piracha

Who We Are

Good Governance Forum is the first and only interactive think tank on governance in Pakistan. It comprises over 12000 members from all walks of life including the advocates, businessmen, civil servants, diplomats, educationists, military officers, judges, parliamentarians and politicians, news agencies, NGOs, columnists and anchors, and corporate executives. It interacts with 600 NGOs and 400 media associates. It is well-connected with the representative bodies of overseas Pakistanis across the globe.

Good Governance Forum is registered as a civil society organization with the Dept of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations. It was the first and only think tank in Pakistan to receive invitation from DESA for attending and speaking at the interactive MDG Summit at General Assembly in New York from 14-15 June 2010.
Good Governance Forum interacts with Amnesty International, Civil Society Watchdog, Asian Human Rights Commission, CIVICUS, Human Rights Watch, Committee to Protect Journalists, Transparency International, GlobalGiving, UN Foundation, World Bank Group, USAID and a score of trusts and foundations promoting human welfare around the world. It also does cause marketing for major national and international civil society and human welfare organizations around the world. 
What We Do
Our mission is to improve governance in Pakistan. We do research on key issues, compile our findings, make recommendations and send them to the competent authority for action. If they don't take action, we approach the Supreme Court for taking up the issue with the competent authority, wherever needed. We also initiate actions for suo motu notice from the Supreme Court or the High Court of the relevant province. 

We create blogs on specific issues and regularly post news, articles and reports on them to spread the message across the globe. We have several blogs on key issues and all of them receive visitors from around the world in large numbers.  These blogs also help researchers, columnists, talk show participants to update themselves on major issues.  

We circulate news, articles and reports among our members belonging to the various segments of our society. To avoid irritating spam, we circulate specific info to specific groups according to their field of interest. We receive info from 100+ sources from around the world including media, news agencies, think tanks, foundations, philanthropists, UN Foundation, United Nations etc.

We encourage discussion on key national and international issues on Good Governance Forum groups on Google and Yahoo! We are present on social media including the Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Technorati and Google+. 

We make press releases in and out of Pakistan on important issues. Off and on, our interviews are published in the print media or broadcast on the electronic media. We generally avoid being on the media and focus on our core functions.

We write comments on news, articles and reports published in the media in and out of Pakistan. You can find our comments in the largest Washington-based newspaper by searching for good governance forum.

We attend seminars, workshops, discussion forums as guest speakers or delegates. Good Governance Forum was probably the only civil society organization in Pakistan to be invited to the MDG Summit at General Assembly in New York in June 2010.

We maintain CM Punjab blog for general public. Over 300,000 people have so far visited the blog. All the complaints are directly forwarded to the Chief Minister Office and almost every genuine complaint receives redressal.

We regularly interact with the parliamentarians, civil society activists, civil and military officers, judges, diplomats, scholars, NGOs and media.

We support our patrons, advisors, contributors and members through our network in their careers, professions and businesses as well as genuine issues with the district, provincial and the federal governments. 

Who Finance Us

We have maintained integrity, honesty and sincerity of purpose since we started our work in March 2007. We do not seek or accept funds from government, political parties, and special interest groups to maintain our independence, dignity and impartiality. We operate with funds from our advertisers, individual donors and members as well as our diverse marketing services for individuals and organizations.

The writer is the Founder/Chairman of the Good Governance Forum and can be reached at goodgovernanceforum@gmail.com

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