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UEP Block, Comprising of Auditorium and Three Additional Class Rooms...

UEP Block, comprising of auditorium and three additional class rooms and ground at GGDC Tando Adam was constructed by RDF...

Joint dialogue on 'Climate-Water Interface: Issues and Strategies for Future'

A Joint dialogue on 'Climate-Water Interface: Issues and Strategies for Future' was organised by RDF and SIDA on 15 September...

Two Days Training Cum Exposure Visit of Government Officials on...

Research and Development Foundation (RDF) under KNH-BMZ funded climate change Sanghar project, organized two days training cum exposure visit on...

Consultative Meeting on Monsoon Contingency Plan 2017

Consultative Meeting on Monsoon Contingency Plan 2017 held at DC Office Sanghar on 12 July 2017. Mr. Zohaib Mushtaq, DC...

Farmers Coordination meeting with District Administration and other Departments

The coordination meeting of two Farmer Organizations and peasants was held today at MirpurKhas, attended by DC Mirpurkhas Mr. Zahid...

Seminar on Child Focused Community Development organized at a village...

Seminar on Child Focused Community Development organized at a village in Jam Nawaz Ali Seminar on Child Focused Community Development...

World Water Day 2017 Celebrated at SAU Tando Jam

World Water Day 2017 was organized jointly by Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, Research, and Development Foundation (RDF) and Sindh Irrigation...

Agriculture Equipment Handed Over to the Community

RDF under a four years livelihood diversification and strengthening project has handed over tractor, laser leveler and ridge planter to...

Two Days Training on Flood Risk Prediction and Mitigation

Two Days training cum exposure visit on Flood Risk Prediction and Mitigation was organized jointly by RDF and Pakistan Meteorological...

World Water Day 2015

Every drop should responsibly used for the development of the country. World Water Day 2015 celebrated at SAU Tando Jam....

Our Staff Our Pride

Appreciation Awards to RDF Co-Workers RDF has started a series of internal competition among its staff in order to encourage them...

Position Paper on Thar Drought and Mitigation Measures launched by...

Hyderabad: 20 Feb 2015 Civil Society organizations of Sindh have shown serious concerns on the plight of drought affected people in...

Sindhi translation of National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy launched

Hyderabad April 22: Speakers highlighted the need to implement national disaster risk reduction policy and called for developing provincial and...

RDF joins hand with Sindh Agriculture University to observe the...

The Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam Dr. Mohammad Saffar Mirjat has emphasized the need to conduct research on...

National Seminar on impacts of climate change on agriculture and...

Agricultural and environmental scientists along parliamentarian have expressed grave concern over food-security, land-degradation, melting glaciers, declining water resources, rising temperature,...

Call to revamp Irrigation and drainage infrastructure in Sindh

Hyderabad, Feb 25: Former Irrigation Secretary Idrees Rajput has said that irrigation and drainage infrastructure needs to be revamped...

Signing of MOU with Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam

Signing of MOU with Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam RDF has signed institutional MOUs with Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam...

Consultation on Thar Coal Draft Resettlement Policy

Consultation on Thar Coal Draft Resettlement Policy RDF in collaboration with AWARE (a Thar based national organization) organized a consultative...

Scholarships for deserving Students

Scholarships for deserving Students Poverty cum merit scholarships were awarded to (9) students from eni-Pakistan concession areas in Jhangara, Sehwan. The...

Skills for Employment

Skills for Employment The Government of Pakistan has made skills development a national priority to achieve sustained economic and social development,...

Training of Instructors at Honda Atlas

Training of Instructors at Honda Atlas ...

Co-Design Workshops with Butterfly Works

Co-Design Workshops with Butterfly Works Butterfly Works (BFW), Netherlands (a co-partner in skills project) is supporting the project to improve the...

Youth (37) Completed Technical Skill Courses

Youth (37) Completed Technical Skill Courses RDF has signed MOUs with Sindh Technical and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) Non Government...

Increasing Economic Opportunities and Food Security in Mirpurkhas

Increasing Economic Opportunities and Food Security in Mirpurkhas RDF is implementing a project “Increased economic opportunities and food security for marginalized...

Improving Food Security in Flood Hit Areas of Tando Allah...

Improving Food Security in Flood Hit Areas of Tando Allah Yar RDF continued livelihood recovery and rehabilitation efforts in association with...

Bhit Rural Support Programme (BRSP)

Bhit Rural Support Programme (BRSP) RDF in collaboration with eni-Pakistan is implementing sustainable community investment programme under BRSP. The project is...

Water and Sanitation

Water and Sanitation More than 40 % of the Pakistani population has no access to safe drinking water. The quality...

Towards Quality Education in Sanghar

Towards Quality Education in Sanghar In collaboration with KNH, RDF is implementing ‘promoting child friendly education’ in Jam Nawaz Ali Taluka...

Climates of Today Vulnerabilities of Tomorrow

Climates of Today Vulnerabilities of Tomorrow A climate change project has been launched by RDF in collaboration with Kinder Not Hilfe...

Food Security for Small Farming Households

Food Security for Small Farming Households Farmer Field Schools: The project has established “Farmer’s Field Schools – a group based...

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ABOUT THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

The organization was established and registered in the year 2002 at Hyderabad with the objective to innovate social solutions against long standing problems through action research and creating impacts on lives and livelihoods of the less privileged sections of the society. The organization was established by young and energetic development professionals who believed in values of transparency, accountability and equality. The organization started its operations as a volunteer effort in its formative phase but later on since 2008 it started implement development projects in collaboration with funding agencies and humanitarian organizations. Hence by 2008 a formal structure of the organization evolved and professional staff hired to carry out the projects. The organization is being looked after by an elected Board of Directors.

  

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of RDF consists of nine (9) members. These members are professionals, technocrats and our partner communities

Dr-Fateh-Marri

Dr Fateh Marri

Chairperson: Dr Fateh Marri is agro economist having more than 15 years of experience in project management as well as teaching. He has remained associated with several international and national organizations and worked in different capacities. He has also led different projects funded through The World Bank. Currently he has been associated with The World Bank supported 'Water Sector Improvement Project' as Director, Monitoring.
   
Ms-Waheeda-Baloch

Ms Waheeda Baloch 

Vice Chaiperson: Ms Waheeda Baloch is teaching 'Art History' at the Institute of Art and Design, University of Sindh, Jamshoro. She is also working with children and women in rural areas on building capacities among them regarding nature and environment. She also imparts skills among rural women in preparing unique embroidery designs and building market linkages.
   
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Professor Dr Bakhshal Khan Lashari

Board Member: Dr Lashari has more than 28 years’ experience as a professional engineer in the field of irrigation and drainage including research, teaching and supervising research projects to the graduate engineers in the field of irrigation, drainage, water supply and sanitation, seepage losses, lining of watercourses, construction of small houses, roads, water tanks, reservoirs and water supply tanks. Currently he is serving as Director Institute of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Jamshoro.
   
Engineer Ms Ghazala Channar 2

Engineer Ms Ghazala Channar

Board Member: Ms Channar possesses around 5 years’ experience while working with different organization. She is civil engineer by profession. Currently she is working as Technical Specialist in The World Bank supported 'Water Sector Improvement Project'.
   
 Imdad-Khushk

Dr Imdad Khushk

Board Member: Dr Khushk is health management specialist. Having around seven years of working experience, he has remained associated with Aga Khan University, Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan, Liaqat and Isra Universities of Health Sciences. Currently he is serving as Senior Program Officer, Trainings at Population Council, Pakistan.
   
Nazir Ahmed Essani Memon

Mr Nazir Ahmed Essani Memon 

Board Member: Mr. Nazir Ahmed (Essani-Memon) has been working as General Manager Transition in Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority- SIDA. He is a development professional having long standing in designing, implementing and monitoring of development and reforms programme, community development, participatory management in water sector projects and programmes. He has professional experience of more than 20 years in the Humanitarian, Social, and Agriculture, community participation, Water and urban Rural Development sectors and worked for national and international organizations. He has been educated in the academic field of Economics and Rural Development and further trained in international institutes and universities of Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Turkey. He received so many awards and presented papers at many national and international forums.
   
 Ms Zeenat Hisam

Ms Zeenat Hisam

Board Member: Ms. Zeenat Hisam is a writer-researcher, working freelance since June 2016. She was associated with the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), Karachi, as a researcher, from 2003 to 2016. Prior to joining the development sector, Ms Hisam worked with Daily Dawn English language newspaper, from 1980 to 1991. She has written extensively for the media on social issues and authored several research reports. She has a Master’s degree in Development Studies specializing in Women and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, the Netherlands. She also holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Karachi.

Her published works include—besides numerous articles, columns, book reviews, and travelogues for the English-language national press—a number of research reports, two books and a collection of translation from English into Urdu. Zeenat Hisam co-edited quarterly Urdu literary journal AAJ and she edited bi-monthly wall newspaper on environment and sustainable development( in Urdu, Hamara Mahoul) from 1993 to 94).

   
Ms Zofeen T. Ebrahim

Ms Zofeen T. Ebrahim 

Board Member: Ms. Zofeen T. Ebrahim is a Freelance journalist contributing to Pakistan’s leading English newspapers – Dawn, The News and monthlies Newsline and Herald. She also writes for a wire service – the Inter Press Service. Have written for the Guardian newspaper in London, UK. She is involved in various report-writing and research-oriented activities for developmentorganizations.

 

   
Masood

Mr. Masood A Mahesar

Board Member: Masood A. Mahesar is a sociologist and community development professional having over 15 years’ experience of working in the development field. After working with few national and international organizations and welfare concerns he started leading Research and Development Foundation (RDF) with effect from the year 2008. While working at the grass roots he has got national and international exposure of learning and rural development.

 

KEY STAFF

RDF hires highly competitive staff from the available human resource in the market.

   
 ashfaque

Mr. Ashfaque Ahmed Soomro, Acting Executive Director:

Mr. Ashfaque Soomro is an MBA and working as a Head of the Programme Implementation Unit. He has over 12 years of working experience in the development field, particularly in managing projects and programmes. He has worked with UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme and Aga Khan Planning and Building Service Pakistan. He has also got an experience of grant management.

   
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Mr. Niaz Hussain Sial, Community development & Specialist:

Mr Niaz Hussain Sial, is an agricultural engineer by training and a sociologist. He has over 18 years of working experience with various organizations of national and international fame. His major association has remained with International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and SAFWCO. His areas of expertise have remained agriculture and livelihoods, water management and community mobilization. Mr. Niaz has joined RDF in the year 2010.

   
 arshad

Mr. Arshad Ali Danwar, Financial Controller:

Mr. Arshad Ali is Masters in Business Administration, and a senior level finance professional. He has 12 years of extensive technical and management level experience in different industries and not for profit enterprises. He is associated with RDF since 2010.

   

Mr. Ghulam Mustafa Kalo, Deputy Manager HR:

Mr. Ghulam Mustafa is passionate HR professional. He has over 8 year’s comprehensive Human Resources Management experience including recruitment and retention, performance management, compensation management, conflict resolution, training, and development. He has a wide understanding of regulatory requirements and employment laws. He proactively contributed in strategic planning, restructuring and capacity building programs of the organization and successfully developed HR policies and procedures. He also has hands-on experience of Accounts and teaching.

Academically, he has acquired Masters in Human Resources Management from Mohammad Ali Jinnah University Karachi and graduation in law from Shah Latif University Khairpur.

   
 izardari

Mr. Ismail Zardari, Hub Programme Manager:

Mr. Moahmmad Ismail Zardari is development professional having over 8 years of experience with non-profit organizations. Before joining RDF in 2009, he was working with Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (AKPBS), and Lead Pakistan. His major areas of interest are water and sanitation technologies and community mobilization.

   
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Mr. Rehmatullah Kunber, Project Manager:

Mr. Rehmatullah Kunbhar sociologist and community development professional having 8 years of experience with various national organizations like TRDP, HDF, and SAFWCO. His areas of expertise are Community Mobilization and Capacity Building, climate change and DRR and livelihood. He has joined RDF in the year 2011

   

Mr. Muhammad Hanif, Project Manager:

Mr. Hanif is sociologist and community development professional having 6 years of experience with RDF and SAFWCO. His areas of expertise are Social Mobilization, capacity Building, WASH, TVET, Shelter, and livelihood. He has joined RDF in the year 2011. 

   
 

Ms. Sanam Subehpoto, District Project Officer:

Ms. Sanam Subehpoto is having over 7 years of experience with non-profit organizations. Since 2010 she is working with RDF. Her major areas of interest are Education and community mobilization.

   

Ms. Ghulam Zuhra Baloch, SHA Cooridantor: 

Ms. Ghulam Zuhra is having 7 years of experience with non-profit organizations like Care International and SPO. She has joined RDF in the year 2011. Her major areas of interest are Community mobilization, WASH, Livelihood, and Education. 

   

 

Ms. Rukhsana Jarwar, Senior Social Mobilization Officer:

Rukhsana Jarwar is having over 10 years of experience with non-profit organizations like NCHD, AURAT Foundation, IRC and HANDS. She has joined RDF in the year 2012. Her Major area of interest is community mobilization.

 

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