Strengthening Ties with Communities in Gilgit-Baltistan: A Case Study of Government-Community Engagement for Regional Development



Durand Line, Agha Khan Development Network, Women Empowerment, Pak-China Economic Corridor, Third Positionism


Within the theoretical frameworks of community engagement and development studies, this study examines efforts aimed at fortifying relationships between government entities and local communities in Gilgit-Baltistan. Building upon Putnam’s (1993) work on social capital and community development and the insights of Cooke and Kothari (2001) on participatory governance, this study seeks to contextualize the significance of such collaborative activities. Given the escalation of conflicts and developmental challenges, the importance of promoting inclusive partnerships between governmental bodies and grassroots communities becomes evident (Hettne, 1999). This research addresses questions regarding the motivations behind government-community collaborations, the perceived benefits and challenges and the implications for regional development and socio-economic well-being. Employing a qualitative approach, the study uses content analysis of official statements, supplemented by survey results and reports from key stakeholders, to investigate the strategies, dynamics and outcomes of government-community engagements, considering ethno-linguistic and ethno-sectarian variations in the region. Through an in-depth exploration of the case of Gilgit-Baltistan, this research aims to offer insights into effective mechanisms for advancing sustainable development agendas and promoting peace-building efforts in conflict-affected regions, exploring coexistence amidst inter-regional and cross-border dynamics.


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