Islamabad: Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote joint research and enhance knowledge on issues surrounding philanthropy as a means of achieving social progress and community development in the country.
The MoU was formally signed by Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director SDPI and Shazia Maqsood Amjad, Executive Director, Pakistan PCP, here on Monday.
While terming the need of joint efforts by civil society crucial in the philanthropy sector, Dr. Suleri said that the collaboration between SDPI and PCP would provide good impetus for the promotion of SDGs as a shared objective. He said that SDPI believed in establishing partnerships with all the stakeholders in Sustainable Development including government, civil society and private sector as such collaborations would strengthen overall national endeavor towards important international commitments such as SDGs
“Working for a just and inclusive society should be a common ground for collaboration between CSOs”, Dr. Suleri said and added that SDPI was approaching private sector to harmonize the efforts around social development while performing corporate social responsibilities.
Shazia Maqsood Amjad, Executive Director, PCP on the occasion that collaboration for shared research between civil society organizations would be instrumental to improve philanthropy sector in Pakistan.
She said that the role of philanthropy sector was critical to achieve developmental goals, especially to improve health and education related facilities when the state was facing constraints in enough budgetary allocations for these sectors. She said that the MoU between SDPI and PCP would induce further collaborations among CSOS.
SDPI and PCP had also shown agreement under the MoU to coordinate advocacy efforts on different themes of philanthropy as a means of promoting social development and to make collaborated efforts in different research areas.