Friday, 3 January 2014

Civil Society Alliance in Pakistan: A Great Leap Forward


Pakistan’s General Elections 2013 signified many a change for the first time in our history in terms of voters registration, voters turnout, elimination of bogus voters, mandatory production of CNIC for casting votes and the overwhelming interaction of the political parties with the voters across the country. The people voted for performance of those who governed the country for the previous five years as well as the new comers who promised to deliver in the next five years. The credit goes largely to civil society activists, social media activits, and think tanks for changing the environment. The media was also largely influenced by what was happening on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Technorati, Google+ etc and made a significant contribution to the change.

So, we can now expect the new governments will perform for they know it for sure that the next elections will be tougher than the last elections and the voters will vote for performance. And that the civil society (educated and enlightened men and women) will play a crucial role in determining the success or failure of the political leaders.


Now is the time for the fragmented civil society of Pakistan comprising civil society organizations, NGOs, charities and trusts to organize itself as the first and the most influential good governance network to help solve common issues of their communities. It's always the civil society that exercises checks and balances on the state organs. Let's not fail ourselves and others who look up to us to secure a peaceful and prosperous future for the whole nation and its future generations.

Today, we are confronted with widespread corruption, nepotism, favouritism, civil and police maladministration, poor criminal justice system, dismal performance of parliamentarians, and non-enforcement of socio-economic rights granted under the Constitution of Pakistan.

As a result, we are faced with massive poverty, unemployment, hyper-inflation, power and gas load shedding, escalating fuel cost, sub-standard education and health facilities, costly air, railway and road transport, insecurity and a hopeless future for us and our future generations in general.

Good governance is the KEY to the solution of our issues for all the strata of our society for a progressive and prosperous Pakistan.


Good Governance Forum plans to form the Civil Society Alliance (CSA) comprising civil society organizations, NGOs, charities and trusts operating in Pakistan. All the CSA members will maintain their individual identity but affiliate themselves with the CSA on the common agenda of ''good governance for bringing peace, progress and prosperity to 180 millions in Pakistan.'' They will help solve key issues at the local, district, provincial and federal levels for themselves and their communities around them.

Good Governance Forum will fully support CSA through its network of 12000 members, 400 media associates, 100 newspapers as well as its news blogs, social media sites, goodwill ambassadors and advisory committees. 

Good Governance Forum has a network of advocates, businessmen, civil and police officers, diplomats, military officers, parliamentarians and politicians, professionals, NGOs and media. Good Governance Forum can raise voice and create as much noise as needed any time anywhere through lawful means for genuine local, provincial and federal issues as a part of its mission to bring good governance to Pakistan.

The affiliated CSA members will represent the CSA in their towns and cities, build up their rapport with the government agencies and help the communities in solving their common issues. 

Membership Procedure:

Eligibility for Membership: 

Any registered or unregistered civil society organization, NGO, charity and trust can join by filling-in the membership application forum appended below and emailing it to with c.c. to A scanned copy of the bank deposit slip of the membership fee of Rs 1000 is to be attached. In case a scanned copy is not possible, then particulars of the bank's name, branch name, branch code and date of deposit may please be intimated to the Good Governance Forum. Membership application will not be entertained without the bank deposit slip.

Membership Fee:

To meet the preliminary expenses of organizing the CSA and setting up its central office, we have introduced a nominal membership fee of Rs 1000 for the first year for each civil society organization, NGO, charity and trust. Payment can be made in CASH (NO cheques please) at any branch of our bank in Pakistan for online transfer to our bank account. Details of the bank account can be obtained by emailing to

Membership Limit:

Initially, only 100 organizations will be enlisted as founding members on 
FIRST-COME- FIRST-SERVED BASIS starting from Jan 2016. 

Steering Committees:

The nominees of the member organizations (one nominee each) will be part of the concerned Provincial Steering Committee. Each Provincial Steering Committee will recommend THREE (3) members to become part of the Central Steering Committee. 

The Central Steering Committee will organize the Civil Society Alliance i.e. its constitution, registration, setting up office, election of its office bearers etc. The Central Steering Committee and the Provincial Steering Committees will be disbanded after the elected office-bearers take up their offices. Initially, the Central Secretariat will be set up in Islamabad, followed by provincial secretariates in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, and Quetta after the CSA is formally constituted and launched.

The Central Steering Committee and each Provincial Steering Committee will elect its honorary chairman, honorary secretary and honorary treasurer from among its members.

CSA will be a non-political, non-ethnic and non-governmental representative body of the civil society organizations, NGOs, charities and trusts operating in Pakistan. It will work under a legal framework and finance itself by the contributions of the affiliated members on no-loss, no-profit basis. It will have an organizational structure, working establishment, and office-bearers.

Let’s join hands to bring progress and prosperity to our people irrespective of their caste, creed and colour and lead the country to become an ‘Asian Tiger’ in the 21st century.

Good Governance Forum

Leading the Way to the Challenge of Change in Pakistan

The applying organization can copy-paste the Membership Application form below, fill-in the required info, and email it as attachment to All fields on the form marked (*) are mandatory.

Civil Society Alliance
Membership Application

*Name of Organization:_______________________________________________________________________

*Mailing Address:___________________________________________________________________________

*Email Address:______________________________


*Landline No:_______________________Fax No.____________________Cell No._______________________

*Registration No:_____________________________ 

*Nature of Registration (e.g. limited company, trust, society etc)_____________________________________

*Name of Registration Authority:___________________________________



*Field of Interest (, health, poverty alleviation etc)


*Name of Chief Executive:_____________________________________

*Landline No:_____________________________________

*Cell No:_________________________________________


Application signed by:

(a) I certify that the above particulars are true to the best of my knowledge. 
(b) I confirm that we have paid non-refundable membership fee of Rs 1000 into the bank account of Good Governance Forum at Standard Chartered Bank. Scanned copy of the deposit slip is attached.
(c) I agree to the terms and conditions of Civil Society Alliance as listed at as of today.





Good Governance Forum: Introduction

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. You can view our petitions at

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.  You can see the list of blogs on

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. You can find our groups on We receive info from 100+ sources from around the world including media, news agencies, think tanks, foundations, philanthropists, UN Foundation, United Nations etc.

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 on

We debate issues on social media including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. We have our Good Governance Forum group and page on social media.

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. Its Over 200,000 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.

Who Finance Us

We have maintained integrity, honesty and sincerity of purpose in the past 6 years 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 diversed marketing services for individuals and organizations.

Who Support Us

Patrons, Advisors, Contributors and Members

Patrons:                         Individuals who donate Rs 500,000 per year.

Advisors:                      Individuals who donate Rs 100,000 per year.

Contributors:               Individuals who donate Rs   50,000 per year.

Full Members:             Individuals who register as full members pay Rs 5,000 per year.

Associate Members:  Individuals who register as associate members pay membership fee of Rs. 1000 per year or equivalent amount in US dollars. Associate members are entitled to only (1), (2) and (3) of the membership privileges listed below.

Organizational Members: NGOs, charities and trusts who register as organizational members pay Rs 10,000 per year. Other organizations pay Rs 50,000 per year.

Note: Individuals and Organizations can pay membership fee in full or half-yearly divided into two parts, subject to the prior approval of the Good Governance Forum.

View membership procedure and privileges at our blog or email us.

Advisory Committees and Goodwill Ambassadors

Good Governance Forum has formed 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 has appointed 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 Specialized 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
(f) provide Ad Box on our blogs for advertisements
(g)support causes of individuals and organizations

Details can be obtained by emailing to us.

Good Governance Forum
Leading the Way to the Challenge of Change in Pakistan

Public Service Initiatives of Good Governance Forum

Cause Marketing International is created by Good Governance Forum, the first and only interactive think tank on governance in Pakistan, to promote national and international causes. Its 7000 plus network members include academia, business and industry, civil servants, diplomats, media, military, parliamentarians, professionals. It has a network of over 500 NGOs and 15,000 media associates. It has over 100 blogs. It has presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+.  
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Cause Marketing Services are offered by Good Governance Forum, the first and only interactive think tank on governance in Pakistan, to market a cause, event, or project. Good Governance Forum has over 7000 network members, 500 NGOs and 15000 media associates. It has over 50 news and thematic blogs. It is present on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+. It has a network of I.T.-enabled service providers. 
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CM Punjab blog was created in 2008 by Good Governance Forum, the first and only interactive think tank on governance in Pakistan as a public service initiative to enable the people of Punjab to interact with the Chief Minister Punjab with their complaints, suggestions, opinions. Post your comments at  for onward submission to CM. 
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      Emergency Services Lahore blog is created as a public service by Good Governance Forum, Pakistan's first and only interactive think tank on governance, comprising 5,000+ members from academia,business and industry, civil services,diplomats, NGOs, media, military, politicians, professionals, writers. It has 15,000+ media supporters. It is recognized as a civil society organization by DESA-United Nations.
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      Fundraising Advisory Service is offered by Good Governance Forum, registered with the United Nations-DESA as a civil society organization, for raising funds  from within and outside Pakistan for credible NGOs, charities and trusts for their viable projects .  View details at or 
email to

GGF Blogs is created by Good Governance Forum (GGF) to list out the blogs that the forum created on key national and international issues for the benefit of the Internet surfers, researchers, think tanks, civil society activists, NGOs and others interested in the topics of governance, politics, judicial activism, international relations, global issues, media, community, and general topics. Post your comments at or 
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      Global Job Sites blog is created by Good Governance Forum as a public service without assuming any responsibility/liability whatsoever for the contents displayed here.  All concerned are cautioned to exercise due diligence.  Global job sites are listed here to enable job seekers to search jobs, post their resume, find tips to prepare resume, to prepare for interview, to assess jobs and employers. These job sites are selected from the search engines and in no way are recommended or authenticated by the blogger. 
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       Global Student Resources is the place for knowing almost every thing that a student needs to know about education, scholarships, jobs around the world. Global Student Resources blog is created by Good Governance Forum as a public service without assuming any responsibility/liability whatsoever for the contents displayed here. Post your comments at or 
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      Helping Pakistan People blog is created by Good Governance Forum to facilitate interaction between the NGOs and the donors to help alleviate sufferings in the name of humanity, justice and fair play. Good Governance Forum does not accept any responsibility and/or liability whatsoever for and on behalf of the NGOs listed here. Nor does it recommend any of them. Email your NGO's public message to for posting here. View the blog at or 
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      International Scholarships for Students blog is created as a public service by Good Governance Forum to provide students around the world with info about scholarships and financial aid from the various organizations without assuming any responsibility/liability whatsoever for the contents published here. Students are advised in their own interest to exercise due diligence. Post your comments here or email to View us at

      Judicial Petitions Pakistan blog is created by Good Governance Forum, the first and only interactive think tank on governance in Pakistan recognized by United Nations, to inform general public, intelligentsia, and media about the forum's applications/petitions filed in high courts and Supreme Court on major issues of public interest. Post  your comments or an issue of public interest on

    Pakistan Flood Victims blog is created by Good Governance Forum to provide updates on the flood situation in Pakistan.  It does not assume any responsibility/liability whatsoever for the authenticity of the news and reports and the working of the organizations in the flood relief programs. Post your comments at or 
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 Search Jobs International provides information about job openings around the world. For domestic jobs in Pakistan, visit It is a public service initiative of Good Governance Forum, the first and only interactive think tank on governance in Pakistan. View us at Post  your vacancies at or email to 

      Search Jobs Pakistan provides information about paid internships, jobs, consulting assignments in NGOs, charities, trusts, corporations, donor agencies, development institutions in and out of Pakistan. It is a public service initiative of Good Governance Forum, the first and only interactive think tank on governance in Pakistan. View us at Post your vacancies at or 
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      Subscription Services for cause marketing of individuals and organizations are offered by Good Governance Forum, the first and only interactive think tank on governance in Pakistan, on modest and affordable rates. View us at Post your comments at  or 
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