The ‘NGO World’, founded by Zafar Iqbal, organized a series of functions on 27 th February 2020 at the National Centre for Rural Development (NCRD) to celebrate the ‘World NGO Day’. There were three major components of the celebrations;

Goodwill Ambassador of the World NGO Day in Pakistan Mr. Zafar Iqbal has been organizing events of celebration since 2014. Through these events he has provided an effective platform to a big number of NGOs and NGO workers to strengthen networking and knowledge sharing.

His continuous efforts have been acknowledged at international level and awarded an international honorary medal on the World NGO Day 2020, in recognition of his outstanding work in the civil society and NGO sector.



“The central idea behind the Conference was “Social Good”, which brings together people from all walks of life to share their ideas, success stories and energy to create the homeland we all want to observe. The 2020 conference discussed various aspects of social well-being of people with focus on Role of NGOs in today’s scenario in Pakistan as all are keen to bring social change and improvement in Pakistani society,”

Speakers, specialized working on various issues discussed the possible role of NGOs to bring positive change in Pakistan and complement government efforts for social good. NGO’s representatives declared that the vision given by PM of Pakistan is the ‘strategic road map’. “We will follow and put our best efforts to create positive impact on society,” the pledged.

Federal Minister and Adviser to the Prime Minister for Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam was the chief guest of the Social Good conference. Speaking to the NGO’s representatives comping from all over Pakistan he said: “Current government is following the philosophy of NGO’s involvement in all programs initiated for the wellbeing of common man in Pakistan. According to the vision of Prime Minister, government is taking steps to make a clean and green Pakistan. Civil society can play effective role to mitigate this challenge through plantation, so that Pakistan can be saved from the risk of climate change. He stressed that the students and volunteers can spread awareness in order to protect the environment. We have to make the sustainable utilization of our resources for the further successive generations. He also discussed the benefits of Ehsaas and Kamyab Jawan programs”.

Other learned speakers of the conference include;

  • Mr. Zafar Iqbal (Goodwill Ambassador of World NGO Day and Founder of THE NGO WORLD)
  • Mr. Israr Muhammad Khan (Director General, National center for Rural Development)
  • Ms. Sumera Javed (Executive Manager HANDS)
  • Ms. Afshan Tehseen Bajwa (Motivational Speaker)
  • Mr. Ammar Jaferi (Founder E-Pakistan)
  • Mr. Ibrahim Carlos (Country Head Turkish Red Crescent)
  • Mr. Shahid Rafique (CEO READ Foundation)
  • Mr. Asim Zafar (CEO, SAYAA Associaltion)
  • Mr. Azhar Saleem (CEO, Human Development Foundation)
  • Ms. Ayesha Khan (Country Director Hashoo Foundation)
  • Mr. Shoukat Majeed Malik (Head of NGO’s Network AJK)
  • Mr. Fazal-ur-Rehman (National Coordinator READ Foundation)
  • Mr. Hamid Athar Malik (President Alkhidmat Islamabad)
  • Mr. Zahid Hussain (Country Coordinator for Generation Global)
  • Mr. Atiq ur Rehman Mirza (Development Consultant
  • Mr. Samiullah Abbasi (deputy Director PRCS Youth and Volunteers)

The event also provided opportunity to understand the global landscape of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and what that means for NGOs working on the local level? How the non-profit sector is implementing the SDGs as part of their core existing programmatic areas? The ‘Goodwill Ambassador of NGO’s Day in Pakistan’, Zafar Iqbal while speaking on the occasion said: “The Day is intended to celebrate, commemorate and connect all Non-Governmental or Non-Profit Organizations and to further enhance the role and capacity of NGOs to continue their vital activities and contribution to society. “In addition,” he added, “it is an international memorial day in honour of all founders, employees, volunteers, members and supporters of these important organizations worldwide who have given their lives – in whole or in part to such works.”

On this occasion a booklet “Journey of World NGO Day in Pakistan” was also launched.


The ‘NGO World’ provided opportunity to Non-Governmental Organizations to showcase their exceptional work. Exhibitors displayed their brochures, models, pictures, banners, posters, flyers, equipment, books and other related material etc. Federal Minister and Adviser to the Prime Minister for Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam who was the chief guest cut ribbon to open the NGO Showcase. He along with Goodwill Ambassador Mr. Zafar Iqbal visited stalls and appreciated the good work done by the social sector organizations.

Following well known organization established their stalls at NGO Showcase 2020;

  • The NGO World
  • HANDS Pakistan
  • Shahid Afridi Foundation
  • Alkhidmat Foundation
  • Hashoo Foundation
  • Barkat Project
  • House of Wellness
  • READ Foundation
  • PRCS Youth and Volunteers
  • Human Development Foundation
  • Taaleem Foundation
  • Community Services Program
  • Shangrila Resort and Hotels
  • SDGs Academy of Pakistan
  • ILFE Welfare Society
  • NARJIS Khatoon Health and Education Welfare
  • Student Social Work Foundation
  • Fazilia Trust Pakistan
  • Dar-ul-Hikmat International Trust
  • Rescue 1122

Best stall award was given to
Shahid Afridi Foundation.

A big number of community members and representatives of NGOs visited stalls established by NGOs coming from different parts of Pakistan.


The ‘SWERA Awards’ (Social Work Encouragement Recognition & Appreciation) were given to social workers and organizations to celebrate their valuable work for humanity. SWERA award aims to celebrate and promote inspirational stories of social work executed by individual social workers or organizations/departments. Winners of the 4 th SWERA Awards include;

  • Youth Impact
  • Wajood Society
  • SDGs Academy of Pakistan
  • Panjal Welfare and Development Association
  • Alkhimat Foundation
  • Hashoo Foundation
  • SAYAA Association
  • Student Social Work Foundation
  • READ Foundation
  • PRCS Youth and Volunteers
  • Taaleem Foundation

This year “Life Time Achievement Award was also introduced that was given to two persons who have spent their whole life in contributing the society.

  • Atiq ur Rehman Mirza (development Consultant & Trainer)
  • Muhammad Abdul Karim Saqib (founder of Alhijrah Project Ziarat Balochistan)

Chief Guest of the ceremony, Mr. Ibrahim Carlos (Country Head Turkish Red Crescent in Pakistan) presented awards along with Goodwill Ambassador Mr. Zafar Iqbal and DG NCRD Mr. Israr Muhammad khan. On this occasion chief guest and audience appreciated the efforts of social workers/winner NGOs and acknowledged their valuable services for the humanity.