Civil society sector plays significant role in socio-economic development and political empowerment of society at large in Pakistan. CSOs/ NGOs /NPOs also work as forefront institutions in times of need to rescue, relief, recovery, rehabilitation and even reconstruction in case of any manmade or natural catastrophes. In spite of their vital role the CSOs in Pakistan face severe challenges and gradual loss of their development gains including challenges to their own existence, due to restrictive legal environment, financial viability and public image etc.  According to The Civicus Monitor, Pakistan comes under repressed category as far as civic spaces and rights are concerned. Pakistan Development Alliance conducted countrywide surveys and consultations with informed CSOs. The online survey was responded by 431 CSOs from all across the country. According to the responses 46.3% CSOs representatives were agreed and 29% partially agreed that government restricts freedom assembly, association and speech.

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