The empowerment of the social sector is evident from its involvement in nearly all aspects from education, to religion, health, agriculture and industry. The role of NGOs has also remained controversial for quite some time, mainly due to question marks on the source and distribution of funds. Critics also enquire whether these NGOs are even delivering for what they have been established?
The Enterprise’s story on the clearance of ‘The Regulation of Foreign Contribution Bill 2012’ is an eye-opener. The stance taken by the Senate Standing Committee on Finance is essential in dealing with corruption among NGOs. If acted upon in a transparent manner, it will help in regaining the lost confidence and trust of people in the working of international NGOs. This is needed because the current weak infrastructure of the country requires intervention from social sector, while keeping the sovereignty and economic interests of the country intact. Shahid Zaman Islamabad