Frequantly Asked Questions




Q : What is an NGO?
A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a legally constituted organization created by natural or legal persons that operates independently from any government. The term originated from the United Nations (UN), and is normally used to refer to organizations that do not form part of the government and are not conventional for-profit business.

Q : What is BARGAD?
BARGAD is a youth development organization founded in 1997 and is based in Gujranwala. Bargad was registered in May 1998 under Societies Registration Act 1860. It seeks to promote peace, justice and cooperation among youth in Pakistan.

Q: Is BARGAD an abbreviation of something?
No. it’s the name of a tree called Banyan in English.

Q: Why the name Bargad?
The inspirational association is on account of historical and cultural significance of Bargad in the sub-continent. Bargad (Banyan tree) has been used to offer a place where the old and young spend most of their time, youth interact with each other and elder have been used to settle disputes through reconciliation among the natives. It has been in use of many generations as a platform of interaction, learning and sharing of experiences.

Q: From where BARGAD generates resources?
Bargad generate resources from various national and international developmental organizations within the framework of Pakistani Laws after technical and financial appraisal of its projects.

Q : Who are Bargad’s partners?
Many national and international organizations have joined hands with Bargad as partners.

Q: What is BARGAD’s vision, for what it works in society?
BARGAD’s vision: politically aware, democratic, responsible, and gender sensitive youth communities that respect freedom, equality, rule of law, and harmony.

Q: Is there any governing body of BARGAD?
Yes, BARGAD has a Board of Directors (BoD) that is the governing body.

Q: Do the Board of Directors get paid or work voluntarily?
The Board of Directors work voluntarily.

Q: Where is BARGAD’s head office located?
Its only office is located in Rahwali, Gujranwala.

Q : Why is it in Gujranwala?
Most of the small and main stream developmental organizations are located in big cities like Lahore and Islamabad. But Bargad decided to focus on the area that constitute underprivileged, marginalized members of the society. Since its founding members also belong to Gujranwala therefore they could better understand the weak areas and the issues need to be focused.

Q : Is there any monitoring mechanism?
Yes, there exists a monitoring and evaluation mechanism, efficacy of which is ensured by different practices internally and through assessment/evaluation by partners.

Q: Does Bargad offer membership?
Yes.

Q: Who can be a member?
Every individual between the age group of 15-29 years can become a member. Online membership forms are available on Bargad’s website.

Q: What are the benefits of becoming a member?
Bargad’s membership connects an individual to a broader network of learning and opportunities.

Q : What is meant by Volunteer?
In general terms, a volunteer is the person working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. Volunteering is generally considered a humane activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons that could be considered self-serving.

Q : Are volunteers rewarded?
Yes, but not monetarily always. Bargad offers them diverse opportunities for their capacity building through different training workshops, conferences, advocacy campaigns, media programmes, seminars and research studies.

Q : Who can become a volunteer?
Any member can be a volunteer.

Q : What is meant by youth development?
"...the ongoing growth process in which all youth are engaged in attempting to (1) meet their basic personal and social needs to be safe, feel cared for, be valued, be useful, and be spiritually grounded, and (2) to build skills and competencies that allow them to function and contribute in their daily lives." (Pittman, 1993, p. 8)

Q : Why youth is the only focus?
Pakistan, a country passing through demographic youth bulge, is a land of different cultures and weathers. Youth living in it holds similar diversity in its outlook, language, clothing, food, music, living etc.

Active youth (15-29 years) represents 30.2 percent of the total projected population with 29.9 female and 30.4 male percentage in this age cohort. Total fertility rate of Pakistan is 3.17 and around early 2040’s Pakistan will have surpassed Brazil and Indonesia to become the fourth most populous country in the world following behind China, India and United States.

In this scenario, the topic of harnessing youth potentials becomes very important in a country that is passing through demographic transition and through a phase of terrorism and extremism as well.

Q: Does BARGAD offer any type of scholarships?
No.

Q: Does BARGAD offer any type of financial support?
No.

Q: How can I get informed about the previous and upcoming activities?
Every upcoming or previous activity can be seen on Bargad’s website. Bargad can be followed on facebook and twitter as well for all updates. One can subscribe for Bargad e-newsletters and alerts as well.

Q: What is BARGAD’s contribution since its inception?
BARGAD has risen from a student-led grassroots organization to an umbrella organization for youth groups in Pakistan. After induction of the 18th Amendment to the Pakistani constitution, with support from the UNFPA, it has helped formulating the Punjab Youth Policy formally approved on 28th May 2012; while it has rendered similar assistance to the provincial governments of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and the Free State of Government of AJK to develop their respective youth policies. Prior to this, it developed vision for integrated youth development in Pakistan in collaboration with the UNFPA.

BARGAD also pioneered youth track of peace diplomacy in South Asia involving youth from Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

With a vast volunteer base, BARGAD’s projects have been collaborated by more than 54 universities. It is a rare organization that has hosted University Vice Chancellors’ conference at the national level and has trained university faculty members, especially the younger lot, on more than 10 occasions on themes ranging from tackling youth extremism, democratic activism among youth, women leadership on campuses to social research methodology.

BARGAD has also generated the biggest pool of youth researches, analysis and data in Pakistan that also involved youth as participants.

The hallmark of the organization is that youth participate in its projects from design to implementation phases, including the financial planning.