About PDI

Participatory Development Initiative [PDI] is a youth-led not for profit and non-governmental organization. Launched on 24th June 2004 by a group of young community development professionals, human rights activists, trade unionists, researchers, media professionals and concerned citizens, PDI is registered under Societies Act 1860.
The organization is engaged in advocacy, campaigning, community awareness, mass mobilization, participatory community development, participatory research, and networking on the local, national as well as global issues negatively affecting the lives and the livelihoods of the poor communities especially women.


  • Mobilizing and organizing the local communities to empower them to take initiatives for their equal and active participation in the development process
  • Building the capacities of the local communities/ Community organizations especially women to develop their organizational strength and leadership skills
  • Finding and implementing participatory solutions towards eradicating negative tribal customs
  • Providing awareness raising and mass mobilization for the rights of local communities
  • Promoting sustainable livelihoods, community based natural resource management, disaster management and mitigation, education and health through community awareness and community based development processes
  • Engaging in awareness, mobilization and policy advocacy on the local, national and international issues affecting the poor communities, their lives and livelihoods
  • Conducting community based participatory research, information / knowledge sharing and engaging in networking to strengthen the civil society partnerships and alliance building for participatory and sustainable development

PDI envisions a participatory development process with the active involvement of all the stakeholders’ right from the conceptualization to planning and implementation phases, making the development process people oriented, people centered, and gender sensitive.

Promoting participatory, pro-poor, and sustainable, environment friendly and gender balanced development, for creating equal opportunities and benefits for all.

PDI Core Values

  • Respect to cultural diversity
  • Participatory approach
  • Openness
  • Accountability

Geographical Coverage

PDI’s advocacy, capacity building and research activities are spread in all the parts of Pakistan as well as at federal and provincial level in all the provinces of Pakistan. PDI has also established regional and global level advocacy and networking linkages with the civil society and other key stakeholders.

However, PDI directly works with the local communities only in Sindh and Balochistan. Presently, the organization is directly working with the local communities in 10 districts of Sindh and eight districts of Balochistan.

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