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About us

ECDI is a not-for-profit organisation working with women and youth in Pakistan since 1990, and offering sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing development problems the country faces today. The organisation undertakes activities and designs programmes that span the development continuum; from meeting basic needs to food security, poverty alleviation, gender, inclusion and market integration that benefits the poor.

President and Founder's Message

"ECDI's objectives revolve around promoting and building the capacity of women-owned and led businesses, particularly SMEs, increasing competitiveness of Pakistani organisations and commodities both at home and abroad, and creating jobs with sustainable incomes for those often overlooked by mainstream markets. Our work ensures voice, access and recognition and reflects our commitment to building a more inclusive and sustainable, post pandemic world." - Perveen Shaikh