Who We are?

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


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


We are promoting participatory, pro-poor, sustainable, environment-friendly, and gender-balanced development to create equal opportunities and benefits for all.


• Respect • Cultural Diversity • Participatory Approach • Openness • Accountability


PDI Reports

PDI National Seminar on Endangered Brahui Language of Pakistan

Taking serious note of the warning issued by UNESCO that Brahui, the only ancient Dravidian language in Pakistan faces serious threats of extinction; Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI) jointly with Actionaid Pakistan and Brahui Academy Quetta organized a national level seminar on Brahui Language and Literature on May 11-12, 2014 With the theme of „literature for peace? the two day seminar was organized in Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi. About 175 delegates including Brahui, writers, researchers, scholars, poets participated in the seminar. The seminar was presided over by Nawabzada Mir Lashkari

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