ECDI is a not-for-profit economic development organisation working with women and youth in Pakistan since 1990. It offers sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing development problems the country faces today. These includes viable and contextualised business solutions to poverty and delivery of programmes that span the development continuum: from meeting basic needs to food security, poverty alleviation, gender, inclusion and market integration that benefits the poor, especially women.
ECDI pioneered value chain development and enterprise development work in Pakistan and has been engaged in value chain-driven, pro-poor market development initiatives since 2000. The organisation is a an official MADE51 social enterprise partner and the lead curator for the Women of the World festival in Pakistan, in partnership with the WOW Foundation in the UK and the British Council in Pakistan.