Driven by our philosophy of helping people help themselves, social capital development forms the foundation for HDF’s integrated development programs. HDF teams play a proactive and engaging role in mobilizing communities to identify their needs and find solutions to their problems. Embracing the rights-based approach, HDF strives to develop self-sustained communities.

The process of social mobilization seeks to develop communities through building and strengthening local institutions as well as alliances formed on the basis of shared values, norms, vision and mutual cooperation. We facilitate institution building from the grass root level by forming Development Organizations (DOs) involving a group of like-minded people with common interests, Village Development Organizations (VDOs) at village level and Local Support Organizations (LSOs) at Union Council (UC) levels. Sector Committees for education, health, livelihood and physical infrastructure are formed, along with children forums, within each VDO.HDF grooms communities through various levels of Community Management Skills trainings (CMSTs), Business Management Skills Trainings (BMSTs), conferences and seminars among others. Moreover, special emphasis is laid on gender mainstreaming and women participation in all aspects of community development. HDF has aligned itself with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that countries have adopted to end poverty and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels