Regulating the NGOs


An issue that has reverberated during the reigns of successive governments in the country, but without much getting done in concrete shape. Most of the NGOs, barring a few exceptions, have always served their personal interests and the interests of their benefactors more than the interests of the country and the communities they were supposed to serve. To make the NGOs viable and effective bodies to serve the beneficiary communities in general and contribute towards national development, proper regulating and monitoring of their activities is in order.

Like successive governments that came to power in the country’s over six and a half decades of existence, the present government has also announced its decision to regulate the NGOs working in the country. As reported in the print media lately, the government has made it mandatory for all foreign-funded NGOs, local or foreign, to register themselves with the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) of the Government of Pakistan. Not only this, they have also been asked to declare their bank accounts as well as the names of the donors who provide financial support them.

According to the directive issued in this regard by the EAD, if NGOs operating in the country wish to utilise their foreign economic assistance including money, services and goods that emanate from outside Pakistan, within Pakistan, they will be bound to follow the new rules set forth recently. The latest notification of the EAD clearly specifies that no unregistered non governmental organisation, receiving foreign funding, would be permitted to operate in the country. In addition to this, every NGO would be bound to declare to EAD all its foreign contributions, along with the terms and conditions of those contributions, as well as details of all the bank accounts maintained by them.

To further strengthen its control over the NGOs, it has also been notified that all such NGOs will be strictly required to maintain their accounts according to a standard that is internationally recognised. They will be bound by the recently framed rules to get their accounts audited annually by a duly registered firm of chartered accountancy. The registered NGOs will also furnish to the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) a copy of the audited annual statements, along with a certificate from the auditors, to the effect that the foreign contributions have been utilised for the objectives of their organisations.

It is an undeniable fact that many foreign and local NGOs, barring a few exceptions, have been audaciously and assiduously engaged in serving their own mandated (hidden) agendas more than the interest of Pakistan. In fact, many a times, they were found to be working against the interest of the country and the people.

Unambiguously, the move of the incumbent government to closely regulate and monitor the activities of the NGOs in the country is a step in the right direction. The measures proposed to be taken under the new rules framed by EAD to keep a tab on the NGOs, will certainly help in streamlining their activities and assure proper and productive use of their resources. Needless to say, it would also eradicate anti-Pakistan activities of the NGOs. What is, therefore, important for the Government of Pakistan is to ensure that the rules and regulations recently framed by it to regulate the NGOs are implemented in letter and spirit. It should, under no circumstances, succumb to any pressure that is bound to come from vested groups in this regard.




  1. All the NFOS must be registered and regulated under the law. They must submit annual audit reports if their accounts. Information on their sources of funding must be made available.

    Every dollar or rupee spent should be accounted for. Monitor their activities. This vwill save us lpt of troub;e. There are some good NGPS too that are conducting their business professionally and honestly. We appreciate their work.

  2. This is with great regret to report that we a local NGO has submitted all the required documents about 2 months ago and no action has been taken yet. the officials are reluctant to cooperate. It will to loosing project proposed and ultimately the target beneficiaries will loose. We can just hope for improvement in the system. sorry

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