How much do Pakistanis give and who do they give it to? Answers are to be found in a new report entitled The State of Individual Philanthropy in Pakistan produced by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) and released in early 2017.
In 2014, the year on which the report’s findings are based, Pakistanis gave Rs239.7 billion ($2.28 billion). It’s a figure that may surprise some – it is over three times more than the amount estimated in a previous study in 1998, which produced a figure of Rs70 billion. The comparison, it’s fair to point out, is slightly misleading. Considered as a percentage of GDP (0.9 per cent), it is lower than the 1998 estimate (2.6 per cent of GDP).
Another striking aspect of the findings is how widespread the practice of individual giving is. Nearly 98 per cent of households in the survey reported either monetary, in-kind giving or giving of time. As the report notes in its executive summary, the study ‘makes clearly evident the enormous potential for individual giving and social investing in Pakistan’.
A research study on ‘The State of Individual Philanthropy in Pakistan’ was launched at National University of Science and Technology (NUST) by Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy in February. President of Pakistan Mr Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest.