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Pakistani Senators and HSF visiting the German Federal Council Bundesrat, 2019

Pakistani Senators and HSF visiting the German Federal Council Bundesrat, 2019

Our collaborations

HSF Pakistan is collaborating with a number of national and international partners from multiple fields to strengthen democratic structures, improve regional understanding and promote academic expertise in Pakistan.

The following renowned organizations work in close collaboration with the Management Team of HSF in Pakistan:

Governmental institutions

Parliament of Pakistan

The Parliament of Pakistan is the federal and supreme legislative body of Pakistan. HSF is one of the oldest partners of this bicameral federal legislature.

The upper legislative chamber, the Senate of Pakistan or Aiwān-e-Bālā Pākistān, has been a partner of HSF since 1994 (MoU renewal in 2020). The Senate's composition and powers are established by Article 59 of the Constitution of Pakistan from 1973. It has 104 members who serve six-year terms, and the Senate functions as a stabilizing factor of the federation. Both HSF and the Senate have undertaken a number of initiatives including bilateral delegation visits and capacity building events with Senators and the Senate Secretariat.

HSF is also working with the National Assembly of Pakistan or Aiwān-e-Zairīñ of Pākistān on strengthening legislation. The National Assembly is the lower legislative house and consists of a total of 342 members serving five-year terms of which 272 are directly elected and 70 reserved seats for women and religious minorities. The first cooperation between HSF and the lower house of parliament began in 1993, and the first Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 1994 (renewal in 2020).

Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Senate of Pakistan

Formed in 2004, the Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs has a total membership of 12 Senators. The proceedings of the Committee have created awareness among the public-at-large and have added to their interest in matters of national and international importance.

HSF Pakistan has been a close partner of this important committee since 2007.

Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination

HSF is currently renewing its cooperation with the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination. The Ministry is responsible for the coordination between the federal and the provincial governments. It aids both the provincial and the federal entities in providing uniformity of approach in the formulation of policies that concern both.

Think tanks & civil society organizations

Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad

The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) is a government financed think-tank and research organization based in Islamabad. The aim of the ISSI is to generate better understanding of regional and global issues affecting international peace and security.

HSF Pakistan contributes to the mission of ISSI through its distinguished guest lecturer series and academic exchanges between German and Pakistani researchers along with a Fellowship Program focusing on non-traditional security challenges particularly from new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence. ISSI and HSF have been partners since 1994.

Centre for Peace and Civil Society

The Centre for Peace and Civil Society (CPCS), Hyderabad is a non-profit civic initiative established in 2001 by a group of scholars and practitioners from diverse backgrounds. CPCS is an independent think-tank that works for strengthening the political and civil society based on principles of democracy, freedom, secularism and social justice.

HSF has worked with CPCS since 2013 on cross-party capacity building of young politicians to strengthen local governance.

National Dialogue Forum

The National Dialogue Forum (NDF) is a non-partisan public policy organization based in Islamabad. NDF adheres to the simple but efficacious idea of ‘unity in diversity’ and it advocates for a public policy that fosters pluralism and inclusiveness in Pakistan.

Since 2020, NDF and HSF have both worked together in the field of political dialogue in the region.

Center for Global & Strategic Studies

The Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) is a public policy institution with a mission to help improve policy and decision-making through analysis and research. CGSS aims to produce quality research that helps the end-users to formulate policies, legislation and solutions for sustainable development.

HSF Pakistan and CGSS have recently (collaboration since 2020) focused on water conservation and management issues in Pakistan as well as the scope and challenges of digitalization in Pakistan.

Academic institutions

Lahore University of Management Sciences

The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is a renowned non-profit university in Lahore and one of Pakistan’s major contributors to outstanding academic research.

HSF supports LUMS in carrying out policy-oriented research on key political and social issues. Currently, HSF Pakistan is working with the Centre for Chinese Legal Studies at the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law on legal and regulatory strategies for the coordination and commercial oversight of Pakistan’s response to COVID-19. Through this important research, LUMS will identify and provide actionable policy approaches for the Government of Pakistan to effectively tackle the pandemic crisis.

National University of Science and Technology

Being part of the renowned National University of Science and Technology (NUST), the Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS) conducts research and training in matters related to the overarching discipline of Peace & Conflict Studies with a particular focus on UN Peacekeeping Missions. It is devoted to identifying and analyzing the nature of conflict with a view to finding solutions through peaceful and non-violent means.

HSF has collaborated with NUST since 2014 by providing research grants and fellowships on issues of national integration and security such as the situation in post-conflict North Waziristan Agency and conventional security challenges facing Pakistan.

The Area Study Centre for Europe

The Area Study Centre for Europe (ASCE) at the University of Karachi regularly holds international conferences and seminars addressing issues of concern for South Asia as well as Europe with a particular focus on Europe’s relation with Pakistan, the Muslim world and the developing world. The Centre regularly publishes the bi-annual Journal of European Studies which is abstracted by the Political Science Abstracts, Paris.

ASCE has been a project partner of HSF since 1994.

University of Peshawar

The Department of Political Science (HSF partner since 2011) of the University of Peshawar is catering to the academic needs of Peshawar but also of the whole province and newly merged districts of erstwhile FATA. The department aims to fuse the traditional aims of liberal arts education while attempting to come to grips with the major public issues of contemporary world.

The mission of the Department of History (HSF partner since 2015) is to use the knowledge of history, through impartial analysis of the past and present, as a corrective force, as those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat the same mistakes.

COMSATS University

The COMSATS University Islamabad is a public university in Pakistan with its main campus in Islamabad and satellite campuses all over Pakistan.

HSF Pakistan and COMSATS University have routinely collaborated since 2013 in arranging conferences and seminars on relevant political and social issues.

Quaid-i-Azam University

Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad (QAU) is among Pakistan's largest and highest ranked public universities with its four faculties and nine affiliated research institutes. The university is nationally known for its research, technological advancement, and intellectual interaction with international institutes.

Since 2012, HSF has supported the academic research ecosystem of QAU through workshops, international conferences and research scholarships in collaboration with the DAAD Long Term Guest Professor and faculty members from a number of departments, including the National Institute for Pakistan Studies (since 2012), the National Institute for Historical and Cultural Research (since 2015), the Centre for Excellence in Gender Studies (since 2016), the Department of Sociology (since 2016), and the Department of Anthropology (since 2016).

More than 40 public universities

Over the past years, HSF has worked with numerous universities all over Pakistan by engaging their students and faculty members in its simulation of the Council of Common Interests (CCI). This Model CCI includes training workshops and simulation exercises on the workings of CCI in Pakistan. HSF has also worked towards improving the quality of research work at these universities by conducting research methodology workshops all over Pakistan since 2016.

International collaborations

German Federal Council Secretariat

The German Federal Council Bundesrat is Germany's "upper house" of parliament. It is supported by its Secretariat in carrying out legislative duties effectively.

HSF Pakistan strives to increase the bilateral engagement between the German Federal Council and the Senate of Pakistan through delegation visits and training workshops on important issues such as on the principle of subsidiarity and legislative drafting.

Canterbury Christ Church University

HSF provides technical support and financial assistance to researchers from Pakistan to participate in a summer school on federalism, conflict resolution and good governance in UK, organized by the Canterbury Christ Church University and Centre for European Studies.

EURAC Research Center

The Winter School on Federalism and Governance is a common cross-border project of the Italian Institute for Comparative Federalism of Eurac Research, the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

HSF Pakistan facilitates participation of young academics and students from Pakistan in this Winter School in the EU to broaden their understanding on political values associated with good governance as well as equipping them with much-needed research skills.

Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law (MPFPR) provides assistance to the reconstruction or restructuring of the internal organisation to states which have experienced radical change in relation to their constitutional law. The Foundation is an affiliate of the renowned Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science from Munich, Germany.

HSF Pakistan and MPFPR have signed their first Memorandum of Understanding in 2020. HSF Pakistan is supporting the Foundation in conducting training workshops and providing institutional support for lawmakers as well as legislative drafters from the Senate and National Assembly of Pakistan.