Friday, 6 December 2013

A Quick View of Good Governance Forum

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.

Who Support Us

Patrons, Advisors, Contributors and Members

Patrons:                       Individuals who donate Rs 500,000 in a year.

Advisors:                     Individuals who donate Rs 250,000 in a year.

Contributors:              Individuals who donate Rs 150,000 in a year.

Full Members:             Individuals who register as full members pay Rs 10,000 in a year.

Associate Members: 

Associate Members:    
Individuals who register as associate members pay Rs 2,500 in a year.

 (a) Retired persons who are not employed after retirement
 (b) Senior citizens who are employed but cannot afford to pay for full membership
 ©   Housewives
 (d) Government servants
 (e) Columnists, Anchors, Reporters 
 (f)  Teachers of recognized institutions 
(g) Middle-management corporate executives

Student Members:

Male students of recognized institutions pay Rs 1000 per year while the female students of recognized institutions pay Rs 500 per year

Honorary Members:

Individuals who are specialists of their fields or engaged in public service and can contribute to the national mission of the Good Governance Forum in any acceptable manner can be admitted as honorary members without payment of the membership fee at the sole discretion of the chairman of the Good Governance Forum.

Advisory Committee Members:

Office-bearers of the central and the provincial advisory committees pay the fee of Rs 10,000 while the members pay Rs 5000. Membership of each committee is restricted to individuals who are specialists of their fields and can contribute to reforms in their specialized field.

Organizational Members:

      NGOs, charities and trusts who register as organizational members pay Rs 25,000 (A-category), Rs 15,000 (B-category) and 10,000 (C-category) in a year.

       Service providers pay Rs 25,000 in a year.

3    Other commercial organizations pay Rs 50,000 per year.

Advisory Committees and Goodwill Ambassadors

Good Governance Forum is forming Central Advisory Committees and Provincial Advisory Committees on major national issues to help improve working of the government from the district to the federal levels and to help solve people's problems at all levels in the country.
Good Governance Forum is appointing Goodwill Ambassadors within and outside  Pakistan from amongst well-known personalities to promote the forum and its mission and help solve people’s problems through their network. Overseas Pakistanis are encouraged to join as our Goodwill Ambassadors for looking after the interests of the overseas Pakistanis living in their countries.

Details can be viewed at and

Our Special Services

We provide a variety of services against a modest fee to

(a) facilitate fundraising by NGOs
(b) post jobs on our blogs
(c) post write-ups on our blogs
(d) circulate news, articles and reports in our network of members and associates
(e) promote blogs of individuals and organizations

Details can be obtained by emailing