We have to shift the focus from women’s individual agency and capacity towards structural and constitutional constraints, to understand the barriers for women’s substantive representation in political decision making, says Dr. Farzana Bari in her research study “Bridging the Fault Lines? Rethinking the Gender Quota Approach in Pakistan”, launched by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Pakistan on 26th January 2016 in Islamabad.

Resources, Energy & Climate

On December 23, 2015, World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung Pakistan (hbs), launched the policy paper “Mapping the Growth of Pakistan’s Wind Energy Market: Lessons Learned and Policy Solutions"

The Series: Heinrich Boell Stiftung initiated a series of workshops for the Journalists in Pakistan under the title “Journalist on Climate Change”. The purpose of the workshops is to orient journalist community with the latest updates on climate change, bring the journalists together at one platform, and enable them to influence public discourse on climate change at all levels.

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Democratization, Women & Youth


Women’s participation in political decision-making and their networking beyond borders plays an essential role for peace-building in the region. This is one of the most important lessons learnt from a delegation visit of Afghan and Pakistani women parliamentarians to Berlin and Brussels in early November 2015.

Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) in the Pakistani Parliament, in collaboration with Heinrich Boll Stiftung organized a one day roundtable meeting to initiate a dialogue with political parties on best ways to strengthen capacities of women police in Pakistan. The conference took place in the Parliament House on 27th of November, 2014. The participants of this conference were key stakeholders including women parliamentarians from all parties, MNAs and Senators, representatives from the Interior Ministry, National Police Bureau, IGs, DIGs, and Women police from provincial police and representatives of the civil society.

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Peace & Security Policies

Heinrich Boll Stiftung organized two book launch events of Saima Jasam’s ‘Pakistan: From Radicalism to Terrorism’ in Lahore and Islamabad.

Roundtable dialogue as part of a series “Governance, Community and Religion (GOCORE)” jointly organized by Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) and Heinrich Bӧll Stiftung (HBS) took place at HBS office Islamabad on 15th of September 2014. Many intellectuals, scholars, rights based activists, academics and students participated in the event.

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The Heinrich Böll Stiftung is a German foundation and part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Our main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and men. We are also committed to equal rights for cultural and ethnic minorities. Finally, we promote non-violence and proactive peace policies. To achieve our goals, we seek strategic partnerships with others who share our values. Our namesake, Heinrich Böll, personifies the values we stand for: protection of freedom, civic courage, tolerance, open debate, and the valuation of art and culture as independent spheres of thought and action.

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In this study the authors, Farzana Bari and Andrea Fleschenberg, are identifying commonalities and differences of Gender Quotas in the parliaments in Afghanistan and Pakistan and contextualize women’s political participation and gender democracy worldwide. From the findings of the country studies, they are drawing concrete recommendations for practice.

In this 22nd issue of the G20/BRICS Update Newsletter we focus on different aspects of global policies related to financing development as defined by the G20, the UN and the World Bank. A critical analysis from the perspective of development coherence is key.

Did you know that in 2014 the Green Climate Fund in a matter of weeks became the largest climate fund with $10.2 bn in new pledges? Or that the Ban Ki-moon climate summit in September galvanized over $200 bn in climate related financial commitments? These are just two of the "10 things to know about climate finance in 2014". This compilation of graphics is highlighting noteworthy insights from monitoring efforts of Climate Funds Update over the past year.