While having witnessed rapid economic growth and a substantial reduction in poverty in recent years, Pakistan continues to face governance, security, and social challenges. Our efforts and programs foster greater participation of all citizens, particularly vulnerable groups, such as women and minorities, to benefit from shared prosperity accruing from economic development. We work with local partners to strengthen the democratic and political process, promote inclusive participation, and build the capacity of local institutions to meet the needs and sustain the gains of economic and social development.

Sofia Shakil,
Country Representative

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The Asia Foundation – Pakistan

P.O. Box 1165
Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel: +92 (51) 235-6007

Our work in Pakistan

Since 1954, The Asia Foundation has remained committed to Pakistan’s development, providing continuous support throughout the country’s varied history. Over more than 60 years, the legacy of The Asia Foundation’s work has been to develop innovative programs to expand public services and improve governance, give voice to women and marginalized communities, and support the efforts of local organizations to address the development challenges facing Pakistan.

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Mahnoor Rathore named as 2016 Asia Foundation Development Fellow

To provide a new platform for Asia’s young, reform-minded professionals, and offer a catalyst for learning and leadership, The Asia Foundation launched in 2014 the Asia Foundation Development Fellows program, bringing together individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds. The Foundation just announced its third cohort of Fellows, six women and six men, representing 11 different countries, to participate in the year long professional advancement program. The Pakistan Fellow is Mahnoor Rathore, a human rights lawyer by training, who runs Chayn Pakistan, the first crowd-sourced website informing and supporting women experiencing domestic violence.

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