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.


  • 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.
  • 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, 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 organizational structure is based on General Body, Chairperson, Board Members, Executive Director, and Managers. PDI is managed by a robust Board represented by members belonging to different sectors, including civil society, media, business, and law. The Board sets policies and strategies for the organization. The Board also sets operational guidelines, work plans, budgets for the organization, and policy and program support. The responsibilities of the Board include establishing a framework for monitoring and periodic independent evaluation of performance and financial accountability of activities supported by the organization