Gilgit-Baltistan Policy Institute (GBPI) is an initiative of the development professionals and Indigenous People of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). Established in 2009, to explore policy options for Indigenous Peoples and democratically-elected provincial government of GB. Its orientation is non-partisan and non-denominational, but it does have a keen interest in political participation of citizens and democratic processes. GBPI is registered in Gilgit, on 26th March 2010, under registration number “331” of Pakistan Trust Act 1882.
GBPI generates resources from individual donations, submitting proposals to national and international donors, government organizations and joint ventures with like minded organizations. Most of its thematic experts are native professionals from GB.
In 2008 and 2009, a series of dialogues held in Islamabad and GB to explore scope of work for an organization in order to represent Indigenous People of Gilgit-Baltistan; as a result GBPI was established with the following objectives;
- Provide a platform for policy research and development on governance, peace and development in GB and elsewhere in Pakistan;
- Support political institutions/governments in formulation of people and environment friendly policies and laws;
- Provide a forum for consultation, lobbying and networking on issues related to peace, development and governance;
- Facilitate capacity building process of civil society organizations in planning, implementation and monitoring of development and governance initiatives;
- Establish/ foster resource centers for knowledge sharing including library, database and electronic connectivity for research publications and communication;
- Facilitate young people to participate in regional and international research and development initiatives;
- Mobilize resources and establish linkages with other similar and relevant organizations, universities, think-tanks and public bodies on priority issues of health, education, environment, governance and socio-economic development;
- Generate, packages, publish and disseminate information for knowledge sharing and empowering citizens to protect their basic rights, entitlements and promote their legitimate interests;
- Enter into any arrangements related to governance, peace and development with any government or international authority, central or provincial, municipal, local or otherwise, that may seem conducive to the objectives of the Institute and to obtain from any such government or authority, an right, privilege and concession, which the organization may think desirable to obtain and to carry out, execute and comply with any such arrangements, rights, privileges and concessions.
Funds management: The institute has established a seed endowment fund and will incrementally grow the fund in future. Two nominated persons the President and the Secretary of the Board of trustees are authorized to make financial transactions and sign agreements with institutions, voluntary bodies, statuary authorities and individuals. However, the trust fund will be managed by the trustees. The essential books of account including software will be regularly maintained to ensure transparency and accountability.
- To raise funds and invite and receive contributions, provided that in raising funds the trustees shall not undertake any permanent trading activity and shall conform to any relevant statutory regulations;
- To buy, take or lease or in exchange, hire or otherwise acquire any property necessary for the achievement of the objectives and to maintain and to equip it for use;
- Cost sharing with other charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities who are having similar objective/s to undertake activities which achieves common agenda;
- To permit any investment comprised in the trust fund to be held in the name of any clearing bank, any trust corporation or any company which is a member of stock exchange (or may subsidiary of such stock exchange co.) nominee for the trustees and to pay any such nominee reasonable;
- To do all such other lawful activities as are necessary for the achievements of the objectives.
The activities of the institute will be prioritized and undertaken on the bases of need, merit, participation, and cost- effectiveness; without political influence.
- Mr. Altaf Hussain
1. Mr. Ali Ahmad Jan
2. Mr. Asadullah Khan
3. Mr. Shaheen Shah Maqpun
4. Mr. Ahmad Wali Khan
Membership: Open to individuals (male/female) having minimum qualification of bachelor degree, permanent residence in G-B and willing to pay the membership fee.