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NGOs have played a key role in development since the end of World War II, and more so since the 1970s. Like elsewhere in the world, the state and the market catered to the different needs of people in Pakistan. With the arrival of foreign funding, NGOs emerged as a channel for dispersing resources to far-flung communities. However, NGO fieldworkers are not valued. They suffer from personal and professional problems including job insecurity, poor salary structure, unhealthy working environments, and harassment. Vulnerability of the NGOs and their fieldworkers has further increased with the growth of terrorism.

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