NRDF - National Research & Development Foundation, Peshawar


Introduction & History of NRDF

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The National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF) is a non-profit, non-discriminatory, participatory organization involved in the people-centered development in Pakistan with a focus of activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and FATA. The organization was founded in 1988 and was registered with the Registrar Joint Stock Companies under the Societies Act of 1860 in July 1993 vide Registration No. 3420/5/2352. An 11 members governing body manage the organization while 56 full time staff members including 11 core staff members and 54 part time experts are taking care of the daily operations. The provincial and district “Core Groups”, comprising of Ulama (religious clerics) and members of local communities provide them with the required support to plan and implement local level projects. In addition, a strong group of advisors support the working committee in carrying out its responsibilities. The NRDF work both at the macro and micro levels.

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History of the Organization

NRDF was the first advocacy-based organization of the province formed by a gender mix group of philanthropists who believe in the decentralization of powers, human equality, justice, accountability and transparency. The firmly believe that the institutional and financial resources needed for national development and prosperity is beyond the capacity of state bodies and the people at grass root level have enormous limitations in influencing public policy at a time when the much needed resources and wealth for future development is controlled by a privileged minority. They rule majority who are deprived of the most of their human and other basic rights to health, education, clean drinking water and other basic needs of decent life. The group founded NRDF for making efforts to address the prevailing grave situation both at macro and micro level action of local communities by encouraging them to take on the role of partners in development with state sector and to question those policies at macro level that causes injustices, poverty, and environmental degradation, economic, social and political instabilities.