Who We Are

About Us

With the passion to payback to the homeland, an indebted group of Pakistani-American visionaries came together to practically demonstrate the model of Human Development envisioned by great economist of his times, Dr. Mahbub-ul-Haq.

Human Development Foundation (HDF) was founded in 1997, as a gift to Pakistan, on its 50th Independence Day. As revolutionaries with deep roots in Pakistan, they were committed to overall development and poverty eradication. Our quest for positive social change to remote and marginalized communities remains at the forefront, and we at the foundation, work tirelessly to help the communities who are most vulnerable.


“To become a center of excellence known for progressive and transformational human development programs.”


“To facilitate a non-political movement for positive social change and community empowerment through mass literacy, enhanced quality of education, universal primary healthcare, and grassroots economic development.”


Fiscal Responsibility


We realized that the poverty complex is like the Multi-Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS) where the patients’ health cannot be restored by just addressing complications of one organ or system”, Dr. Khalid Riaz – Chairman HDF

HDF believes that poverty is multi-dimensional and like an octopus, strangles the poor with its multiple tentacles. Loosening the grip of one, does not mean freedom from poverty. It’s not just about low-income levels but is endemic in households and communities which have limited opportunities, few assets, low literacy and health status, inaccessibility to essential facilities, and lack of social, economic and political participation. One needs to break free from all the tentacles simultaneously.


Annual Report 2020

History to Remember

Since its inception, HDF has been using a unique holistic model to transform communities with progressive and impactful programs, successfully improving the quality of lives across Pakistan. Working in four provinces of Pakistan and AJK, HDF strives to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, facilitating them towards a better present and a brighter future.

Our philosophy of helping people help themselves has taken root in program areas across the country. Within each area of focus, our responsibility remains the same; empower communities and individuals with the tools and resources needed to achieve and sustain a better way of life. HDF is striving to eradicate multidimensional poverty in our program areas through our unique program model and throughout the country through our advocacy campaigns. Thanks to our donors and supporters, today the foundation reaches over 3 million people through its holistic programming that inspires deep and lasting change.


Emergency Response – News & Events

Pregnant women caught in Pakistan’s floods left struggling for maternal healthcare.

Some 650,000 pregnant women in flood-hit provinces are affected by maternal malnutrition, with about 2,000 mothers giving birth in unsafe conditions daily. Unregulated use of medicines, untrained birth attendants, and lack of access to health facilities and hospitals are among the problems post-floods.

Pakistani health worker Mai Janat Buriro, 37, spends three hours daily handing out medicines to pregnant women with iron deficiency or malnutrition in the flood-affected province of Sindh. Of the 11 mothers who gave birth last month in her neighbourhood in the Allah Rakha colony, three who suffered from maternal malnutrition lost their infants.

“Most pregnant women have nothing to eat,” Buriro told This Week In Asia. “They don’t have access to milk either because animals they reared had died in the floods.”

Over the past several months, devastating floods have killed more than 1,500 people and displaced 7.6 million people.

HDF Emergency & Response Team

Volunteer/Social Worker - Sindh

volunteers testimonial

We feel great pleasure in saying that we have worked with this organization in many successful projects including ASER Pakistan Survey 2013. With such an amazing work experience, we strongly recommend HDF for the subject Prize and wish them luck for their future endeavors to bring about lasting solutions to end multifaceted poverty in Pakistan and across the globe.

Waqas Hameed Bajwa

Deputy Director Marketing & Partnership Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITACEC)

volunteers testimonial

When HDF visited our village, I started visualising myself as a social development worker. HDF supported us throughout the formation of our organisation and provided us with community & business management training to help improve grassroots level development.

Ishfaq Baloch

Volunteer/Social Worker - Tandoo Muhammad Khan