Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development Government Of Pakistan


The importance of research and training in a dynamic organization cannot be denied. The evaluation and assessment of the existing structure, mandate and activities of the organization helps to explore its strength and weaknesses. The analysis opens new avenues for the organization to be explored and to develop it in multiple fields. Considering the importance of the research and development, the current OPF management has been pleased to rename and redefine the role of Training Division as Research, Training and Policy Reforms Division in addition to its existing scope of establishment. This Division not only work as a Think-tank but it practically work for the capacity building of OPF employees as well as to furnish policies related to Diaspora. Main objective of Research division is to support the OPF’s mission and vision by applying research and analytic methods, to act as a think-tank and strategic planning in the development, implementation and monitoring of policies/ projects and issues of OPF.

Functions of Research Division

The Research Division works on two directions simultaneously i.e. conducting Research on issues/policies related to diaspora and development of the organization. The core objectives are to analyze changing role of Pakistani Diaspora, compiling profiles of prominent Overseas Pakistanis, establishment of OPF library and joint research with different think-tanks and international organizations.


Since its inception RTPR Division has accomplished the following achievements/ assignments successfully:

  1. Realizing the opportunities in emerging markets in GCC countries, the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), under the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (MoOPs & HRD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), through its EU funded project Promoting Effective Governance of Labour Migration from South Asia (SALM) held a National Conference on ‘Skills in Demand in GCC Countries: Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan’ on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in Islamabad.
  2. Organized an International Seminar in collaboration with International Labor Organization (ILO) in connection with International Migrants Day on 22nd December, 2017. The report and key recommendations of the subject seminar have already been put up to the Managing Director for information/perusal, besides circulating the same to concerned quarters for implementation and necessary action.
  3. Identification of Research Areas.
  4. Approached various Think-tanks, Organizations and Universities for joint ventures to conduct research on various topics related to diaspora.
  5. Requested OPF Divisions, Regional Offices, OPF Schools/Collages and Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD to furnish research topics, suggestions and recommendations regarding matters related to Pakistani expatriates.
  6. The Research Team visited different Thin-Tanks and Universities to evolve mechanism for hiring researchers and to conduct research on identified areas.
  7. Arranged meetings with the Heads of different Think-Tanks/ Organizations to move forward towards the Joint ventures for conducting research.
  8. Evaluated the Research Proposals, Research Topics, suggestions and recommendations furnished by OPF Divisions/Regional Offices, OPF Schools/Collages and Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD to proceed further.
  9. Collection of material from different relevant organization i.e. ILO, UNODC, IOM etc.
  10. Compiling of Research Books, Reports other useful Links and placing on OPF Website.


Future Plans

The Research Division has prepared two research proposals i.e. “The changing role of diaspora in nation building”, and “Problems being faced by overseas Pakistanis” and dispatched a letter to different Think-tanks and International organizations to conduct joint research on following topics in near future.