Analysis Of Capacity Of Civil Society To Promote Community Participation And Good Governance: Evidence From Pakistan

  • Yeni Rosilawati, Zain Rafique, Mansoor Ahmed Soomro & Shahid Habib


In the development discourse, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are being considered as one of the main instruments to promote community participation and ensuring governance. Therefore, to explore the role of CSOs for ensuring good governance and promoting community participation, specifically in developing countries such as Pakistan, there is need of new research. This research article fills this research gap by exploring the role of CSOs to promote good governance and community participation in case of Pakistan. For this, data has been collected through the secondary sources including research literature, documentary analysis of documents. In addition to this, the primary data was collected through Key informant Interviews (KIIs) and FGDs by taking a case study of CSOs in Pakistan. Thematic analysis was applied for the analysis of data. The findings from this paper argues that CSO’s role to promote community participation in the government’s service delivery, decision making and ensuring good governance is very limited. Further, efficiency of CSOs to meet its objectives in very low. This study recommends that all stakeholders specially government must provide CSOs with the utmost support. Beside this, CSOs must train themselves and introduce those program that particularly address governance issues in the country.