ISLAMABAD: The government should involve the private sector in the implementation of development projects and consider civil society organizations (CSOs) as partners for the development of the country.
These views were expressed by the speakers at a State of Civil Society webinar in Pakistan jointly organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP). He spoke to the speakers, including the leading voices.
Syeda Adeela Bukhari, Joint Secretary, Economic Affairs Division (EAD), told the participants that EAD is only responsible for regularizing NGOs that have received donations from foreign countries and donors. Is financially supported.
Bukhari informed the audience, “To ensure accountability and financial transparency of INGOs / NGOs, the Ministry has formulated a new draft policy which will come into force after formal approval by the Federal Cabinet.
In addition, he added that a web portal is being set up with EAD to facilitate online applications for registration of INGOs / NGOs.
He said that the new policy has suggested a reduction of 60 days for completion of registration process while a record number of MoUs have been finalized during the last quarter. Concluding his remarks, Bukhari called for greater accountability and transparency in the sector.
Dr. Atiya Inayatullah, a former parliamentarian and chairperson of the PCP’s research committee, highlighted the role of civil society organizations in the development of the country and democracy. “CSOs in Pakistan face challenges on a number of fronts. Therefore, as a third sector, we need a purposeful alliance between the public, private sector and civil society.
He said that the dynamic role of CSOs needed time to bring about social change and achieve the goal of sustainable development. Shahbaz Wazir Ali, President, Zebest, said that the government should not be just a regulator, but should make CSOs a facilitator so that they become equal partners in development and social development.