Rural Community Development Society (RCDS) started its journey of socio-economic development in 1995 by group of young professionals at small town, Mandi Faizabad (65Km distant from provincial capital of Punjab province). The energetic youth group under the leadership of Mr. Muhammad Murtaza envisioned an organization that would help the ultra-poor households to organize and work collectively for breaking the poverty cycle through provision of opportunities in Human & Institutional Development, Social Mobilization, Livelihood & Employment and Physical Infrastructure Development. The collective efforts started with the support of local philanthropists and initial years spent by the founding members for carrying out planning activities including community organization, area profiling, multi-dimensional social & development study and poverty assessment.
RCDS has been working by considering the contribution to the global commitments done by Government of Pakistan for human empowerment and sustainable development. Prior to SDGs, RCDS has significantly contributed to MDGs through decade long sectoral development programs. All the program interventions are being designed by considering the overall targets and indicators defined in Sustainable Development Goals; and objectives are aligned for contribution to following sustainable development goals:
Rural Community Development Society (RCDS) is a registered organization working to uplift the vulnerable poor and excluded groups through participatory development approaches ensuring their voice is heard for the decision making. RCDS is working in Punjab province with outreach in 19 districts and served more than 750,000 families through integrated programmes
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