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By Recorder Report

Business Recorder Islamabad

Published Date: Aug 19, 2014

Improved organisational structures stressed for informed policy-making

"Twelve hours of secluded thought led to the idea of civil disobedience
in the country," this was expressed by senior MQM leader Dr Farooq
Sattar here on Monday. He was speaking as a Chief Guest at a book launch
titled "Action Research and Organisational Capacity Building; Journeys
of Change in Southern Think-tanks", organized by the Sustainable
Development Policy Institute (SDPI).

Commenting on the need for evidence-based knowledge and
knowledge management, he acknowledged the role of the civil society with
regards to policy-making in Pakistan. He also said that like the civil
society, political parties should also engage in self-assessment and
pursue more democratisation within their own structures. In that regard,
he announced that the MQM is also in the process of revamping its party
structure and would soon be coming out with a revised constitution of
the party.

Mome Saleem, Research Co-ordinator, SDPI, introduced the book
based on case studies on organisational capacity building of think-tanks
from five countries across the Global South, including Groupo Faro
(Equador), Institute of Economic Affairs (Ghana), Institute of Policy
Analysis and Research (Rwanda), Social Policy and Development Centre
(Pakistan), Centre for Poverty Analysis (Sri Lanka) and SDPI (Pakistan).
She explained that unlike theoretical research action research is more
inclusive of stakeholders and is therefore more participatory. "Action
research is a self-reflective process," she observed. The organisational
capacity building project is supported by the International Development
Resource Centre (IDRC), Canada.

Asif Saeed Memon, Associate Research Fellow, SDPI, presented
findings from the research and highlighted four elements in
organisational capacity building, namely knowledge management, capacity
building of staff, mentoring of junior researchers, and resilience and
institutional stability.

While giving comments on the book, Dr Jaffer Ahmed, University
of Karachi, observed that both institutional as well as individual
capacity building is important in the culture of a research
organisation. He also highlighted the importance of other factors for
think-tanks, including financial stability, existing political
environment, and the external influence in which think-tanks operate.

Asif Iqbal, Principal Economist at the Social Policy and
Development Centre (SPDC), Karachi, said that there is a need to promote
collaborative research not only globally but also within the country
and promote an environment of collective learning. Think-tanks offer an
important medium to guide the policy making process in the country and
hence should also pursue organisational capacity building in-house.-PR