Born on 24 December 1920, Dr. M. Sadiq Malik, after his initial education in the village, graduated from Agriculture college Lyallpur (now Faisalabad), joined the Pakistan Armed Forces. He retired as Lt. Colonel in 1967 and joined West Pakistan Agriculture Development Corporation (WPADC) as Director of Projects & Coordination for West Pakistan. While serving in WPADC, he developed the new concept of rural development, i.e. Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP) after carrying out field experiment in the form of Shadab Pilot Project consisting of 10 union councils near Lahore. The concept was acclaimed nationally and internationally. After detailed study by the high-powered committee set up by the Government of Pakistan, the IRDP based on Shadab Pilot Project was launched throughout the country in 1972. . The entire rural Pakistan was divided into 625 Growth Centers (Marakiz).
The concept of IRDP was debated in an international seminar organized by UNDP and Government of Pakistan where the leader of FAO Team, Mr. Laurence I. Hewes, Jr. a Senior FAO Consultant declared the concept most suitable for rural development for third world countries of Africa, America and Asia. The concept was further discussed by the world expert group under the chairmanship of Dr. Malik in a meeting organized by FAO in Rome. The consensus was that the concept was sound and should be implemented by FAO in the developing countries.
Dr. Malik who was appointed Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Food & Agriculture initiated the case for a separate Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, which was approved by the Government of Pakistan. He served as a UN consultant in Indonesia, Economic and Social Commission for Asia & Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok, UNHCR, UNDP (Team Leader) to formulate comprehensive rural development for the Government of Thailand. He was also the leader of multi-countries study mission of rural development strategies in South Korea and Japan and represented Pakistan throughout the world.
Although, IRD programme was discontinued after the change of Government in 1978, but it was instrumental in creating the Ministry of Local Government, National Centre for Rural Development (NCRD) and the Centre for Integrated Rural Development Programme (CIRDFP) in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Dr. Malik in order to continue his mission established a National NGO; Rural Development Foundation of Pakistan (RDF) in June 1978. It was because of his 22 years selfless and concerted efforts that the Foundation is now located in its own premises and is fully self-supporting.
Dr. M. Sadiq Malik took initiative in 1985 and established South Asia Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (SANGO) with HQs in RDF Centre, Islamabad. The major NGOs from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal are its members.
RDF which is accredited with number of UN Agencies and it s a focal point for many international organizations, enjoys consultative status with Economic & Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). Foundation is accredited to Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), FAO Food Security, Micro Credit Summit Campaign and Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP).
Dr. Malik was elected member of the World NGO Global Committee in 1992 for 5 years. He had been Trustee for Asian Institute of Rural Development (AIRD), Banglore, India member of Board of Director of International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), Geneva and on Board of Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reforms and Rural Development (ANGOC), Manila, Philippines.
Dr. Malik had established Global Institute of Informatics & Management Studies (GIIMS) on 01 February 2001 and is also occupied to set up an Institute of Rural Development Studies (IRDS) at the RDF Centre for capacity building of NGOs.