Reforms in the political system of Pakistan are a subject of continuing interest among political thinkers, political scientists, politicians, concerned citizens and foreign observers of Pakistani political scene. One particular aspect which has attracted relatively less interest is the subject of political funding. Corruption in the political system, weakness of the political parties, high cost of political activity and electioneering are often debated in the society but no solution is prescribed. Understandably, political funding is a complex and multi-faceted question which needs to be discussed and analysed thoroughly in the context of Pakistan. The society must come up with a solution after learning from the experiences of other countries and taking into account indigenous conditions. The practice of public funding may be of interest to all those who have an interest in reforming and improving the political system in Pakistan. It is in this context that PILDAT has attempted to present some selected case studies of public funding of political parties in the shape of this background paper so as to facilitate an informed debate on what may be feasible in the context of Pakistan.