Rural Development Foundation (RDF) of Pakistan registered as a non-profit making, non-governmental organization (NGO) registered under Societies Act of 1860 / Social Welfare Act of 1961 was established in 1978 by Dr. M. Sadiq Malik.
While working in close collaboration and coordination with different rural development organizations in Pakistan, Dr. M. Sadiq Malik realized the need to establish a regional level NGO network in South Asia to benefit from each other’s experiences and to learn from one another. During the Geneva Seminar on NGOs Management Network in 1986 while discussing the role of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Dr. M. Sadiq Malik presented the idea of the establishment of NGO network in South Asia. The forum appreciated and supported the idea and finally in 1987 the group of leading NGOs of SAARC countries decided to establish South Asian Association of NGOs (SANGO).
After consultation meetings SANGO formally got registered in 1988 under Societies Act XXI of 1860 in Pakistan. Formal inauguration of SANGO was held on 9th July 1989 and its secretariat was located at RDF Centre. Dr. M. Sadiq Malik was appointed as convenor of SANGO.
SANGO made remarkable contributions in institutional building, networking, knowledge sharing and uplift of NGOs in South Asian Countries. Later on, due to tense diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan SANGO couldn’t continue its activities at regional level and finally remained non-functional.
RDF efforts in revival of SANGO
To revive SANGO and carry on its objectives RDF has established Pakistan Association of Non-governmental Organizations (PANGO) in collaboration with some of the Islamabad based national NGOs. Members NGOs are mainly working on rural development in field of agricultural development, education, health, technology, women empowerment, skills development, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.
Mission of PANGO Think Tank on Advocacy and Research
“To share ideas and to give suggestions and proposing a strategic plan and future direction on rural development”