Vol. 4 No. 2 (2021): Pakistan Journal of International Affairs


Published 2021-06-30


In recent decades, the concept of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has gained traction in political and development debates, particularly in the United States. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) occupy the area between the state and the market. A paradigm shift occurred as a result of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, altering the circumstances for the formation of civil society on a worldwide scale. This has altered the political geography of the whole world, and in such an atmosphere, the South Asian area has seen a huge increase in the number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). In Pakistan, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) are expanding in number and scale, and they are gaining recognition as the third sector of society. Ineffectiveness of the official apparatus and the failure of business to provide efficient development mechanisms at the grassroots level are cited as the causes for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) establishing the third sector alongside the state and business sectors. The state is seeking other organisations to share its duty for social welfare and development in Pakistan, a country where socio-economic statistics are mediocre at best. Because the current government recognises the importance of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as a guiding hand in socio-economic development, Citizen Community Boards (CCBs), which are also a new form of citizen-led initiatives, have been included in the Local Government Ordinance 2000 as a component of the local development machine. In addition to the state and corporate groups, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) that have demonstrated their relevance in Bangladesh and other poor nations across the world may play a critical role in grass-roots development. In this context, it is an excellent time for the government and industry to better understand the dynamics of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), with a particular focus on Pakistan, to harness the potential of citizen-led initiatives for the public good. This article offers a picture of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) by taking into consideration the genesis, sorts, and kinds, regulatory agencies, their responsibilities, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of Pakistani non-governmental organisations (NGOs).