There is a huge need for this community to develop an indigenous agenda for change.
Our universities and Think tanks are important stakeholders in policy and must have a seat at the table.
A monthly roundtable conference to discuss and promote Ideas of Change and Reforms. HSA, IPS, PIDE, RADS, PRIME, and Arid Agri University will host the next six conferences respectively.
ISLAMABAD, MAY 9 /DNA/ – Think Tanks and universities of Pakistan had a meeting to discuss common research agenda and agreed to set up a worthy meetup to develop a conversation on reform and key policy issues. PIDE presented an agenda for change that we hope features in the coming election.
Researchers agreed that they need to lead conversations of change and develop ideas for change in their research. All agreed that there is a huge need for this community to develop an indigenous agenda for change. Our universities think tanks are important stakeholders in policy and must have a seat at the table.
Participants unanimously agreed to conduct a monthly roundtable conference to discuss and promote Ideas of Change and Reforms. HSA, IPS, PIDE, RADS, PRIME, and Arid Agri University will host the next six conferences respectively.
Earlier PIDE VC Dr. Nadeem ul Haque and Pro VC Dr. Durre Nayab in their opening remarks said that the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) believes that there is a dire need for a knowledge network in Pakistan, to act as a pressure group to push for reforms. The Institute has initiated a multi-pronged approach to strengthen this knowledge network. The Institute has recently organized an EconFest (Economy Festival) – the first time in Pakistan, with more than a dozen local partners, as well as a wide-ranging outreach program with universities across the country.
It is PIDE’s honor who organize the first-ever Think Tank’s Moot today in Islamabad. Participants based in cities other than Islamabad/Rawalpindi joined it via Zoom. PIDE expects that the platform would serve for sharing of research agendas of all the partners, as per the relative expertise. The idea is to have a collective intellectual capital and action, instead of working in silos, with minimum to zero influence over policy-making. This would culminate into a regular meet-up (in-person or virtual) giving the opportunity to each think tank to present its agenda followed by a detailed discussion.
A number of County’s Think-Tanks and Universities representatives, including Air University, Bahria University, Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies, Centre for Law and Security (CLAS), COMSATS, CRSS, Federal Urdu University, Health Services Academy, Institute of Policy Studies, International Institute of Islamic Economics Islamabad (IIE-IIUI), IPRI, National Commission on Rural Development (NCRD), National Institute of Population Studies (NIPS), NRSP,NUML, PATTAN, PMAS, Arid Agri Uni, Policy Research Institute for Equitable Development , PPAF, PRIME ,QAU, Research and Development Solutions (RADS ,TabadLab, BUITEMS, The Pakistan institute of international affairs, Social Policy and Development Centre, Punjab economic research institute (PERI), Punjab Resource Improvement and Digital Effectiveness Program, ISSI, IRS and Kashmir Institute of International Relations participated in the historical MOOT.