NGOs in Pakistan

I’m sure you’ve heard of the word “NGO” but what exactly does it mean and how is it different from a non-profit? An NGO, or nongovernmental organization, is an organization that is not controlled by any single state. It’s important to note that they are not controlled by a government or political party either.

Instead, NGOs operate independently in order to help address social issues worldwide such as poverty and education. On the other hand, a non-profit (or 501c3) is an organization that donates money to charities for public benefit with tax incentives. The main difference between these two organizations involves their structure, goals and funding sources.

Pakistan NGOs Directory & Guide

This website is a comprehensive directory of all the major NGOs and NPOs working in Pakistan. You will find list of NGOs categorized according to area or work as well as geographical locations.

Introduction to NGO Social sector in Pakistan

Pakistan is a country with a rapidly growing population, most of which lives below the poverty line. Neglect of the lower cadres of population by consecutive governments in pakistan gave rise to the need of alternate Organizations addressing the core issues of illiteracy, health problems and many others faced by the ‘have nots’.

These bodies and Organizations filling the human development needs gap are commnoly known as NGOs – Non- governmental Organizations OR more recently as NPOs- Non-Profit organisations.

Although the number of registered NGOs in Pakistan runs in thousands, those that are actually making worthwile contributions are few hundreds. In this website, we have made an effort to compile a list of the most prominent NGOs in Pakistan.

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1.RightsHuman Rights NGOsChild Rights NGOsWomen Rights NGOsYouth Welfare NGOsConsumer Rights NGOsHuman Rights EducationLabour Rights and Welfare NGOsJournalists Rights and Welfare associationsReligious Minorities Rights NGOsViolence Against Women NGOs2. HealthHealth NGOsMental Health NGOsMaternity Health NGOsPopulation Welfare NGOsHIV Aids NGOsFree Eye Care NGOsPatient Welfare SocietiesDrug Addiction NGOsDisabilty Support NGOsBlood Diseases NGOsCancer Hospitals Pakistan
3. Education & TrainingEducation/Literacy NGOsVocational Training NGOsSpecial Education NGOsPolitical Education NGOsAdults Basic Education NGOs4. DevelopmentRural Development NGOsUrban Development NGOsCommunity Development NGOs
5. NGOs by CitiesAbbottabad NGOsAzad Kashmir NGOsBalochistan NGOsFaisalabad NGOsGilgit Baltistan NGOsHyderabad NGOsIslamabad NGOsKarachi NGOsKHYBERPAKHTUNKHAWA NGOsLahore NGOsLarkana NGOsMirpurKhas NGOsMultan NGOsPunjab NGOsPeshawar NGOsQuetta NGOsRawalpindi NGOsSindh NGOsTharparkar NGOs NGOs by Cities and DistrictBadin-NGOsDadu-NGOsGhotki-NgosJacobabad-NGOsJamshoro-NGOsKhairpur-NGOsKashmore-NGOsNausheroferoz-NGOsNawabshah-NGOsSanghar-NGOsTandoallahyar-NGOsTandoMuhammadKhan-NGOs
NGOs by Cities and District Attock-NGOsBhawalnagar-NGOsBhakkar-NGOsChakwal-NGOsChiniot-NGOsGujrat-NGOsHafizabad-NGOsJhang-NGOsJhelum-NGOsKasur-NGOsKhanewal-NGOsKhushab-NGOsLayyah-NGOsLodhran-NGOsMandiBahaudin-NGOsMianwali-NGOsMuzaffargarh-NGOsNarrowal-NGOsNankanaSahib-NGOsOkara-NGOsPakPattan-NGOsRajanpur-NGOsSahiwal-NGOsTobatekSingh-NGOsVehari-NGOs
Sheikhupura-NGOsGujranwala-NGOsBhawalpur-NGOs6. Poverty AlleviationPoverty alleviation NGOsWomen Welfare NGOsMicro Finance and Micro Credit NGOsHunger, Food insecurity NGOs
7.International NGOsINGOs in PakistanUN Agencies in Pakistan8. Animals Animal Welfare and Rescue NGOsWildlife NGOs
9. LegalLegal Aid NGOs10. Environment & EnergyEnvironment Protection NGOsForest Protection NGOsDisaster Recovery and Management NGOsRenewable Energy NGOs
11.Vulnerable Groups Orphans Care NGOsSenior Citizens / Elderly Care NGOsWorking Women Welfare NGOs12. Arts / HeritageArts / Culture NGOs
13. NGO DONORSLocal Donor AgenciesInternational Donors with Pakistan OfficesInternational NGO Donors14. OtherPeace and Conflict Resolution NGOsResearch Work NGOsHow to Register NGO in Pakistan


Brief History of NGO Sector

Philanthropy has been a major part of Pakistani culture since the beginning. Historically, traditional businessmen have been contributing to community development projects. The general public also has a giving nature and has been assisting the poor under both humanitarian as well as religious inspirations. The formal NGO sector however developed in the past couple of decades. Since the 80s the Non-profit NGO sector has witnessed considerable activity and growth in Pakistan.

NGO Regulations

Although the government of Pakistan does not provide guidelines or directly monitor NGO activities, it is mandatory to register the NGO with the government. Registration is generally under ‘Societies Registration Act of 1860’ OR Voluntary social welfare agencies ordinance 1961.

The guidelines for NGO operations and activities are generally provided by the Donors / Funding agencies. Quality control audits are also performed by the donors.

NGO Funding in Pakistan

Even though the work done by the NGOs is for the development and social uplift of local communities, there is almost no support provided by the federal or local governments. Almost all of the funding is from international donor agencies. Those include USAID, UN bodies, and many others a list of which is also available on this site.

The funds are transferred using donors only through banking or other legal channels. A third-party audit is also conducted on the use of those funds by NGOs in Pakistan. Although there are relaxations in tax procedures for NGOs, contrary to popular belief, NGOs are not fully exempt from income tax in Pakistan.

NGO Selection for Grants

Grants are generally provided on a project basis. Donors publish advertisements calling for Proposals. In response to that NGOs submit Project proposals, their profiles, financial feasibility studies, and many other requirements. NGOs/ NPOs are shortlisted and selected based on their past performances, available infrastructure, and professional competencies of staff and board members.