Introducing the Association for the Development of Pakistan

Over the last few months, ADP has been thinking deeply about who we are and what we do. We’d love to tell you all about it, and are running a series with new content over the next few weeks.  Every week, there will be a new post describing an aspect of ADP, including an exclusive interview with Tarim Wasim, Co-Founder of ADP. This week, you can learn about ADP’s background, and rationale, and on Wednesday, its model, and how it is different.

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In 2004, a group of young Pakistani friends based in Boston came together and found themselves united by their mutual concern for Pakistan, where they grew up, and the myriad problems that plague it.

Eventually they began contacting nonprofits in Pakistan and asking how they could help. As expected, the common answer was: “More money.” But the need to do more than just donate charity led this group of people to eventually form the Association for the Development of Pakistan (ADP) as a means to address the system of philanthropy in Pakistan. Top

ADP is Born!

ADP wanted to help fill the vacuum that was created by the lack of public and private sector investment in social services, and mistrust in non profits, partly due to corruption and lack of accountability.

Despite having tens of thousands of non profits in Pakistan, most philanthropy is directed to a few well known organizations, often primarily on the basis of relationships. Donations are made on the basis of emotional marketing campaigns, not measurable outcomes that will have a sustainable impact.

This limits the growth of many excellent non profits, and creates gaps in the delivery of social services across the country.

While donors remain hungry for trust-worthy, high-impact development initiatives, many professionals looking to make a difference cannot participate beyond giving money. Top