who we are


Welcome to Rural Development Foundation (RDF), a leading non-political, not-for-profit, and non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to transforming rural communities and empowering individuals for sustainable development. Founded in June 1978 by the visionary Dr. M. Sadiq Malik (Late), RDF has been at the forefront of rural development initiatives in Pakistan and beyond.

Our History

RDF’s journey began with a vision to uplift rural areas by integrating various sectors and empowering communities. Over the years, we have evolved into a globally recognized organization with a track record of success in addressing key challenges faced by rural populations.

our vision

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to facilitate rural communities in recognizing their collective potential and taking charge of their own development according to their priorities. We envision a future where rural people have choices, dignity, and opportunities to thrive.

our standarts

Core Values

At RDF, we are guided by the following core values:


Empowering rural communities to lead their own development


Ensuring the participation and inclusion of all segments of society


Implementing programs that have a lasting impact on communities and the environment


Upholding the highest standards of ethics and transparency in all our activities


Fostering partnerships and collaborations for greater impact and reach


Compassion is the basis of Humanity


Certifications & Recognition

RDF is proud to be certified by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) for our good governance practices, internal controls, financial management, and program delivery. We also enjoy consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, reflecting our commitment to international standards and best practices.