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Country Spotlight: Pakistan

Pakistan is a lower-middle-income country in South Asia. The country’s rich heritage of civil society is closely related to Islamic notions of social welfare and charitable giving. A large proportion of major social institutions in the country – schools, universities, hospitals, etc. – were founded by civil society actors. Today, though there are tens of thousands of civil society organisations spread across the country, many are inactive whereas others lack adequate competencies.

Civil Society NET partner Aga Khan Foundation has been active in Pakistan since the 1970s, supporting institutional development, participatory infrastructure development, natural resource management, women’s development, rural financial intermediation, enterprise development through the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, amongst many other efforts. In 2001, AKF helped establish the Pakistan Centre of Philanthropy, a civil society support institution which builds partnerships, establishes standards and assists in capacity development.

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