The Study of NGOs in Pakistan

The given shred of writing is the summary of ADB’s (Asian Development Bank) report on NGOs of Pakistan.

The history of Pakistani NGOs has its roots back in time of partition. Although not directed to as NGOs at that time, many voluntary organizations were contrived to provide humanitarian aids to refugees pouring into the country and to help victims of communal riots. During the first few years of Pakistan, many of these NGOs concentrated on rehabilitation and basic services such as health and education. Some of these voluntary organizations remain active today, although their roles may have changed today. Many continue to be led by Begums, the wives of influential bureaucrats, politician and businessmen.

The next upsurge in the formation of NGOs took place in 1970s, when martial law government explicated its philosophy of social work welfare. During 1980s, many new NGOs emerged to avail of funding set aside for development through local bodies. In the party-free polls of 1985, many legislators encouraged the growth of new NGOs to absorb the special funds available to them for development of their constituencies. A number of women’s NGOs were also instituted during this period.

In the early 1990s, there was another rapid increase in NGOs, when new organization were formed to take advantage of new available funding under the People’s Work Programme, particularly in rural Sindh and Punjab.

It is difficult to estimate to the number of NGOs in Pakistan. Only rough estimates are possible. In a publication of UNDP in 2001, number was suggested to be between 8,000 to 16,000. If non-registered NGOs are added to registered one, number of Pakistani NGOs could be anywhere between 25,000 to 35,000.

NGOs in Pakistan can be divided into several broad categories:

  • Those involved in advocacy and lobbying
  • Those involved in policy issues and debates
  • Emergency, rehabilitation and relief organizations
  • Those involved in implementation of development project and programs,
  • Including service delivery organizations and CBOs (community based organization)

34 thoughts on “The Study of NGOs in Pakistan”

  1. salam!
    as i am student of MSc Sociology n NGO Management is one of our important subjects,actually we guys have studied the Ngos in a detail i.e.Internatinal,natinal and CBO(local).
    i have read all of above questions and i do have answers of almost all the question so i thought that i should share my knowledge with my counterparts,
    one of my brother have asked abt ngos reg. process in pakistan,i wanna tell him that there are several deptts.that register the ngos,one of them is social welfare deptt.But for that purpose you will need to complete all credentails like BY LAWS, etc.
    one of sisters have askd abt how to make the ngo that would be based on health and social health
    i will say to her that i myself m interested in this case as well

    so should we join hands together?

  2. i wanna make an NGO based on health and social issues and/or survival of rich muslim heritage/civilization at least in south east asian countries. i need partners and knowledge about its contents and formation.

  3. i am intrestred to set up and register my own NGO organization in rawalpindi area. (Education sector)
    I am a australian teacher living and working in rawalpindi.
    Any advice would be welcomed.
    thanks for your time.

  4. . AWAMI RAFAHI COMMITTEE (ARC) KASUR
    Major Objectives of the NGO: –
    i. The NGO should create the self-confidence, aver ness, brotherhood and provide the social services among the public and women development.
    ii. The NGO will solve the all-social problems of the people according to the internal and external resources with keen interest.
    iii. The NGO will be held the extra activities programs (sports tourisms) and educate the illiterate women and skilled developments.
    iv. The society will establish the health facilities MCH center and will try to eliminate the pollution and organized the seminars for better envirment.
    v. The will be alert for rescue circumstances and help the Govt. for such situation.

  5. Awami Rafahi Committee (ARC) Kasur
    -To Educate the people & ensure the 100% literacy 2-To Empower the Women to make them decision maker and earning hand 3-To make to atmnosphere pollution Free in the whole Globe 4-To Provide the Legal Help to deserving, especially to Women & Childern 5-To provide the health facilities in the rural areas. 6-To organize the committee of Civil Societies organizations 7-To Reduce the poverty from the Society 8-To Aware all the people about their rights and duties 9-To facilitate the young generation to participate in the development works
    Amin Tahir Gehlan
    President ARC Kasur

  6. hi, i want to now about NGO,s,how we can make it,how can register it,can u pls explain deatails about NGO,s working in pakistan .

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