Sajjad Sheikh, Karim (2009). "A Comparative Analysis of Global Faith-Based and Secular Civil Society Organisation(s) in Pakistan and Bangladesh" Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

The purpose of this research paper is to examine two global organisations: one faith based and one secular, in Pakistan and Bangladesh each. In this context it will subsequently investigates the cross-country cross-sectional faith-based and/or secular organisations practical applications of the notion of civil society in Pakistan and Bangladesh by evaluating the social and economic policies of national civil-society organisations that are designed to help to eradicate poverty in the countries. The research will contribute to reducing the gap in regional knowledge using a sociological perspective. It will generate new information about the different ways and how those actions are effective for the operation of different types of civil society institutions. The study will explore the successes and achievements of global civil society organisations as independent variable(s), and on the other hand, it will analyse faith-based and secular civil society organisations in two different countries independent variable(s). Then in each country, assessment will be made of the effectiveness of each kind of civil society organisation in the eradication of poverty. The time covered in the study is twelve years, from 1996 to 2007, because this period has witnessed a wave of globalisation of the economy and the appearance of several global-level institutions in the region. A complex, multi-level comparative analysis involved in this investigation is based on qualitative analysis of data and interview that I conducted with civil society organisation leaders in 2006-07 (find the information about my doctoral research project as an attachment).