PRIME Youth Workshop 2015 Private Property, Privatization and Ownership Rights

Concept Note


PRIME Institute, an independent think tank based in Islamabad, is pleased to announce a two-day workshop for selected youth activists and youth leaders of Pakistan. The purpose is to engage them in discussion over fundamental economic institutions and their role in equitable economic development. This is an invitation to interested participants and lays down the objectives and format of the workshop. This event is being held with the support from UK-based Network for Free Society.


Pakistani youth activism is rich in terms of its outlook, methodology and objectives. It derives inspiration from a host of factors including local politics, international developments, community engagement, right-based issues and volunteerism. These youth leaders demonstrate activism by organizing, mobilizing and activating youth in different constituencies.  They also express their ideas in campus publications, social media platforms and mainstream newspapers. Some of them hone their leadership skills through what is known as ‘Youth Parliament of Pakistan’, with a shadow style cabinet. Some of them work in political arena both on the platform of political parties, or as independent political actors.


This two-day workshop (Friday evening till Sunday afternoon) will be an invite-only event with obligatory requirement to stay at an off-site location for all participants. Participation in the breaks including breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be compulsory. The workshop will be divided into opening and closing sessions and five technical sessions. Technical sessions will include interactive exercises.

Theme of Workshop: Private Property, Privatization and Ownership Rights

What is the principle of ownership? Who owns assets and natural resources such as water and minerals and what is the optimal form of their ownership? What is the role of commons? How can state claim absolute control of these assets? How should state privatize? How these assets become a source of wealth creation for local people and what policy entails such a process? What constitutional rights can be claimed by local and indigenous populations? How demands of development can be met? These and many similar questions generate significant political debate in Pakistan, though intellectual clarity on these issues is scant.


A reader consisting of selected articles and essays will be circulated in advance, which all selected participants will read before participation.


  1. Ali Salman, Founder & Executive Director, PRIME Institute
  2. Sara Javed, Associate Director, PRIME Institute
  3. Dr. Raza Ullah, President, Alternate Solutions Institute

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