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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2. Health

3. Education & Training

4. Development

5. NGOs by Cities


NGOs by Cities and District



NGOs by Cities and District

6. Poverty Alleviation

7.International NGOs

8. Animals

9. Legal

10. Environment & Energy

11.Vulnerable Groups

12. Arts / Heritage


  • Local Donor Agencies
  • International Donors with Pakistan Offices
  • International NGO Donors

14. Other


Brief History of NGO Sector

Philanthropy has been a major part of the pakistani culture since the beginning. Historically, traditional businessmen have been contributing to community develompent projects. General public also has a giving nature and 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 governtment of Pakistan does not provide guidelines or directly monitor NGO activities, it is mandatory to register the NGO with the government. Registeration 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 develoment and social uplift of local communities, there is almost no support provided by the federal or local governments. Almost all of the funding is by international donor agencies. Those include USAID, UN bodies and many other a list of which is also available in this site.

The funds are transfered using by 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 relaxation 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 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 shorlisted and selected based on their past performances, available infrastructure and professional competencies of staff and board members.