Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2023)
240.5 milion

Volunteer statistics (ILO)*

Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit

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Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?


National Development Volunteer Programme Act 1973 (No. 49)

Year 1973
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Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

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Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?


Name of specific policy, strategy or plan on volunteering at the national level. Year created Source link What are the relevant SDG areas/crosscutting themes of the policy, plan scheme or strategy?
Mechanism for better utilization of services of the prime Minister's Corona relief Tigers (THE VOLUNTEERS) in relief activities at district level 2020 View source
National Youth Development Framework 2019 View source
National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy 2013 View source

VNR Reporting

Pakistan’s Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Voluntary National Review

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

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Recognizing the important role that youth can play in disseminating the SDGs’ core messages to the public at large, young people have been sensitized through seminars at academic campuses, hosted by a youth organization’s SDG Volunteer Ambassadors Programme....Moreover, a number of academic institutions have been set up to engage university students in research on community-level related to any of the SDGs. Such institutions also reach out to schools and colleges to educate younger students on the SDGs, highlighting interlinkages, promoting behavioural change for the SDGs and encouraging volunteerism. For instance, they engage youths in activities to promote a sense of civic responsibilities on issues critical for achieving specific SDGs – such as tree planting, controlling pollution and awareness raising.

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Pakistan National Voluntary Review - Implementing Best Practices to Build Forward Better in the Decade of Action

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

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Clean Green Pakistan Movement (CGPM) is the major initiative that ranked cities against the
performance of five pillars of Clean Green Pakistan i.e., drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, solid waste
management, and plantation. Citizens Engagement Programme is also launched by the Federal
Government to encourage citizens to volunteer under five pillars of Clean Green Pakistan, i.e., Plantation, Safe Water, Safe Sanitation, Hygiene & Liquid Waste Management, and Solid Waste Management.

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The MoCC has also launched a Citizens Engagement Programme titled as ‘Clean Green Champions’ under the CGPM. People can register themselves as champions and share the voluntary activities under five pillars of Clean Green Pakistan, i.e., Plantation, Safe Water, Safe Sanitation, Hygiene & Liquid Waste Management, and Solid Waste Management. For each pillar of CGPM, the Clean Green Champions will come forward to lead three types of activities. Firstly, extending basic services on a self-help basis like water supply, sanitation, and solid waste collection, etc. Secondly, helping the local governments in providing essential services and handling citizen’s complaints. Finally, awareness-raising for inspiring real change in community behaviour towards the environment. Under this programme, so far, 120,000 champions have been registered to contribute towards a clean and healthy Pakistan on a voluntary basis.

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The Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division were established to implement the Ehsaas umbrella
initiatives. Another purpose was to bring all the organizations i.e., Benazir Income Support Programme
(BISP), Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal (PBM), Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) & Trust for Voluntary
organization (TVO) working on helping the poor, under one umbrella.

No mention

UNSDCF Reporting

United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2023-2027 Pakistan

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Volunteering integrated into the narrative text of the UNSDCF

Volunteering integrated in relation to gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

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Integrate innovative responses embedded in multisectoral partnerships between civil society (including community volunteers), academia, the private sector, trade unions and all levels of government;

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Cross cutting: Human rights-based approaches; gender equality; environment; climate change adaptation and mitigation; humanitarian and pandemic response; innovation; digital transformation; good governance; youth development; inclusion; data; promotion of volunteerism. 

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In addition, the UN will work to increase digitization, strengthen the generation and use of disaggregated data, foster integrated cross-sectoral approaches, and focus on capacity development for the long-term sustainability of skills development, institution building, service delivery and the promotion of volunteerism.

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Facilitating community-based volunteerism and livelihood opportunities to enhance local community engagement and sustainable social protection systems.

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Contributing to strengthening women’s machineries and parliamentary caucuses, as well as supporting women-led organizations, women volunteers and women’s leadership, especially in economic and financial sectors.

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Assisting efforts to build new and strengthen existing networks with civil society organizations and volunteer organizations that work to advance gender equality. 

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Partnerships for this outcome include engagement with: women’s machineries, departments and human rights’ ministries; parliamentarians’ political parties (so that all parties include gender mainstreaming in their political manifestos); religious leaders and philanthropists; the National Commission for Human Rights; the media; academia; volunteer networks and organizations that engage volunteers; the civil society organization consortium; the National Commission on the Status of Women and provincial commissions; and the private sector.

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Promoting research and efforts to inventory communities’ indigenous knowledge, traditional techniques and practices that contribute to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, while ensuring the active participation of formal and informal volunteer groups and networks.

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Advocating for the protection of biodiversity and natural habitats, as well as eco-tourism by promoting national parks and cultural heritage sites across the Indus Basin, while ensuring the active participation of indigenous communities and local volunteers.

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Promoting increased coordination and cooperation by working with government departments at the federal and provincial levels, criminal justice institutions, the judiciary, civil society – including informal and formal volunteer networks – and the media for improved service delivery.

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Assisting the establishment of stronger government protection mechanisms, justice chains, civil society – including informal and formal volunteer networks – and the media to advance people’s empowerment and their ability to secure their fundamental rights, especially vulnerable groups, women, children, those deprived of liberty and those at risk of threats and violence. 

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Partners relevant for strengthened justice systems: provincial criminal justice institutions; law enforcement agencies; the Supreme Court of Pakistan; provincial High Courts; legal aid authorities; Bar Councils across Pakistan; and informal and formal volunteer groups and networks. 

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