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INGOs and the local factor

Restrictions on labour movement and the free flight of capital across national boundaries is the fundamental contradiction of globalisation. All visa regulations are driven by an unwritten principle which advocates…

The Problem With NGOs

The problem with NGOs

Everyone is feeling the pinch in the NGO sector. Where will new funds come from and how will they maintain operations and pay staff? The state is partly to blame.…

Flight Of The Flamingos

Flight of the flamingos

According to the ‘standard’ theory on state formation and development, usually the first step in the emergence of a nascent ‘state’ historically has been when a ruler, more often than…

Demonising NGOs

Demonising NGOs

Political conservatives worry that NGOs spy, social conservatives fret that they convert and economic conservatives detest their anti-neoliberalism advocacy. Inter­na­tional NGOs (INGOs) infuriate conservatives particularly given their Western origins. There…

Saving The NGOs

Saving the NGOs

There are many reputable international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) established or funded by official and semi-official agencies of different countries or by private donors, which are doing useful work all over…

NGOs In Arab States

NGOs in Arab states

Imagine you live in Saudi Arabia and want to start a discussion group with some friends. The only way to do it legally is to ask the king’s permission. Musa…

NGOs In Arab States

NGOs in Arab states

Imagine you live in Saudi Arabia and want to start a discussion group with some friends. The only way to do it legally is to ask the king’s permission. Musa…

Aid And NGOs

Aid and NGOs

LAST month USAID announced the $40m Gender Equity Grants Programme in Pakistan to advance women’s rights and support government policies discouraging gender inequities. According to the announcement, the “United States…

Not an elitist festival

Despite all the criticism for being an ‘elite’ show for ‘burger’ families, the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) organized by the Oxford University Press (OUP) remains a fest for those interested…

‘Climate aid’

POST-COP28, it is imperative to examine Pakistan’s unique stance in the climate change dialogue. Pakistan now faces a new kind of challenge — one that is environmental in nature but…