Pakistan is a founding member of ICIMOD, along with 7 other member states. Pakistan contributes to core support to ICIMOD. The Ministry of National Food Security and Research is the nodal ministry for ICIMOD in Pakistan. The incumbent Secretary of Ministry of National Food Security and Research formally represents in the ICIMOD Board of Governors.
Pakistan and ICIMOD have been working together for the mountain agenda in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region with policy-makers, experts, planners, and practitioners. Together with Pakistan, ICIMOD has been emphasing the importance of enhancing and strengthening partnerships to develop and customize methodologies and tools and also to carry out innovative applied research to support future programme development. ICIMOD provides support to Pakistan in terms of capacity building, strengthening institutional capacity, research and demonstrations and providing regional and international platforms through workshops, conferences and symposia to share knowledge. ICIMOD’s partner institutes in Pakistan include government agencies, academies, local research institutions, universities, and NGOs.
The 45th ICIMOD Board of Governors meeting was held in Islamabad in 2014. Coinciding with the Board meeting, the Pakistan-ICIMOD Day was organised in close cooperation and support from the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R), Government of Pakistan. The date was chosen to coincide with ICIMOD's 45th Board of Governors meeting, so that its Board of Governors could have a chance to see firsthand the work that it is conducting in Pakistan and also to give them a chance to interact with the partners. The key objective of the event was to provide an opportunity for mutual learning, sharing, and networking among the national partners in Pakistan with regard to ICIMOD programme implementation. The event also helped to showcase the work done by ICIMOD’s partners in Pakistan for increased ownership and visibility and to help develop greater synergy with national programs.
The target audience included ICIMOD’s partner organizations in Pakistan who are either already involved in helping to implement its programmes and share knowledge and experience and/or those who are potential partners for future endeavours; these include: government agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic and research organizations, community-based organizations, development organization, network and media partners in implementing its programmes and sharing knowledge and experience in fields of mutual interest. Overall, the Pakistan-ICIMOD day was important to strengthen ICIMOD’s engagement and enhance partnerships which will mobilize support for sustainable development challenges and regional cooperation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.
The Pakistan Country Office opened in October 2006 at the request of the nodal ministry (the Ministry of National Food Security and Research) and is hosted by the National Agriculture Research Centre, Islamabad. The office coordinates Regional Programme components within the country, builds the knowledge base on the ongoing initiatives of the government that are closely related to the priority mountain development agenda, and supports the identification of collaboration potentials with development partners active in the country. In future, the Pakistan Country Office will confirm the national strategic priorities and plan the up-scaling of ICIMOD success stories during MTAP-III with a parallel focus on favourable policy.
Strategic and Policy Partner
Partners in this category support development and formulation of mountain-specific development strategies, policies and legislation. These key partners include focal ministries, national and regional organisations, and global partners, and the partnerships are usually formalized through a MoU.
Partners in this category include operational partners and research partners. They support regional programme implementation either individually in the RMCs or through the consortium of partners, usually formalized through a LoA with financial obligations.
Partners in this category include universities and academic institutions; regional and global network organisations; science partners and thematic networks; institutions engaged in advocacy, outreach, knowledge sharing and exchange and dissemination including media organisations and publication houses.