Friends & Partners

FFO understands that strong partners will help in meeting the organization’s goals. We have partnerships with public and private organizations. The partners’ belief in our strength lends us the courage to work with greater zeal. Following is the list and brief description of our friends & partners:


As one of the largest sources of pro-poor spending in the country, the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) is the lead agency for poverty reduction in Pakistan. It embodies the spirit of public-private partnership to address the multi-dimensional issues of poverty with a view to achieving social and economic change.

Being a community-led, demand-driven institution, PPAF focuses on partnerships which are non-prescriptive and model-neutral but value-driven. The essence of PPAF’s work is to support and strengthen institutions for the poor (partner organizations) in developing institutions of the poor that are well governed, transparent, democratic, and accountable.


ORIX Leasing Pakistan Limited – OLP is Pakistan’s leading leasing company. A part of ORIX Corporation Japan, OLP offers cost effective value-added products and customized services to a wide array of customers throughout the country. The blend of international experience and local expertise acquired over last 25 years provides OLP a distinctive competitive edge. OLP takes pride in the fact that it has played a major role towards economic development of the country by supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Sector and creating thousands of jobs directly and indirectly. It has helped grow numerous small businesses into medium sized enterprises. Today OLP stands as one of the most prominent Non-Banking Finance Companies in Pakistan with presence all over the country and a large network of individual and corporate customers.


As member of South Asian civil society movement, is striving to empower marginalized sections of society and working to influence policies in favor of people.

SAP-PK derives its name from a regional network, i.e., South Asia Partnership. This is a volunteer network of participatory development-support organizations operating under the same name and for the same purposes in Canada and four South Asian countries, i.e., Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It has some presence in India as well, through a collective form of three different organizations. All these organizations and Sri Lanka Center for Development Facilitation collectively form SAP-International.


Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency is an attached department of the Ministry of Climate Change and responsible to implement the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997 in the country; an Act to provide for the protection, conservation, rehabilitation and improvement of environment, for the prevention and control of pollution, and promotion of sustainable development. Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency also provides all kind of technical assistance to the Ministry of Climate Change.

Promotion and attainment of sustainable development through effective integration of economic and environmental considerations and rectification of adverse environmental effects of solid, liquid and gaseous wastes is the purpose of existence of Environmental Protection Department of Government of Punjab.

The above purpose is achieved through protection, conversation, rehabilitation and improvement of the environment through prevention and control of pollution and promotion of sustainable development in Punjab.


Established in July 2003, Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE) is an ends-orientated, information-intensive and knowledge-based organization that strives to make consistent efforts to create a new relationship between the citizen and the state, based on shared rights and responsibilities. DTCE has an organizational culture that strongly believes in the importance of keeping abreast of new developments, keeping channels of communication open, keeping information systems fluid and relevant, and managing knowledge in such a way that change can be easily incorporated into structure and processes as and when it becomes necessary. It employs participatory action research methodologies to support a permanent learning process. The methodologies employed are consultative, participatory, and treat on-going social and managerial processes as learning experiences.


The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) was established in 2006 as a coalition of 30 non-governmental organizations to observe the general elections and mobilize voters. The Asia Foundation facilitated the formation of the network. However, the purpose-based network continued its working after the general elections held in February 2008 and expanded its scope to work from election oversight and reforms to include parliamentary oversight and reforms, governance oversight and reforms and political parties’ oversight and reforms. FAFEN is currently governed by the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA).


The Banking with the Poor Network (BWTP Network) is Asia’s microfinance network that works towards building efficient, large-scale sustainable organizations, through co-operation, training and capacity building with the aim of achieving innovative, appropriate and demand-driven financial services for the poor. The Network is an association of a diverse range of microfinance stakeholders committed to improving the quality of life of the poor through promoting and facilitating their access to sustainable financial services. The BWTP Network is an initiative of the Foundation for Development Cooperation and its Secretariat is based in Singapore. 


The purpose of the PMFN is to ensure the prosperity and sustainability of the microfinance sector in Punjab. PMFN plays a vital role in creating a local network as well as seeking equity and loan funds, new technology and conflict resolution between microfinance institutions. PMFN through its activities nurtures small NGOs and enables them to mature as full-fledged, sustainable NGO-MFIs. In the process, it supports NGOs that are community based and have experience of working with women groups for their social and/or economic empowerment. PMFN enters into a partnership with potential NGO-MFIs and assists them with accessing loan funds and institutional development support in the initial phase of their operations. It builds their capability to access funds from other financial institutions and deliver microfinance services to poor households who are economically active. 


International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. The Conference was organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected the Sahelian countries of Africa. The conference resolved that "an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries". One of the most important insights emerging from the conference was that the causes of food insecurity and famine were not so much failures in food production, but structural problems relating to poverty and to the fact that the majority of the developing world's poor populations were concentrated in rural areas. IFAD is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries.

Working with poor rural people, governments, donors, non-governmental organizations and many other partners, IFAD focuses on country-specific solutions, which can involve increasing poor rural peoples' access to financial services, markets, technology, land and other natural resources.


USAID is the United States federal government agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid. USAID seeks to "extend a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country." It operates in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

President John F. Kennedy created USAID in 1961 by executive order to implement development assistance programs in the areas authorized by the Congress in the Foreign Assistance Act. The Congress updates this authorization through annual funds appropriation acts, and other legislation. Although technically an independent federal agency, USAID operates subject to the foreign policy guidance of the President, Secretary of State, and the National Security Council.


Aurat Foundation is a women's rights organization based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Aurat Foundation does active lobbying and advocacy on behalf of women. It also holds demonstrations and public-awareness campaigns.

Aurat Publication and Information Service Foundation (Aurat Foundation/AF) is registered in 1986 as a non-profit society under the Societies' Registration Act 1860.Aurat Foundation has its Head Office in Islamabad, and four regional offices in the provincial capitals (Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta). Further, AF has a countrywide network of voluntary citizens' groups and individual activists.

AF is a civil society organization working for women's empowerment and citizens' rights with the collaboration of citizens' groups and organizations to provide information, build capacity and undertake advocacy for women's issues and for good governance in Pakistan.


Human Resource Development Network (HRDN) is a membership based network of professionals from all over Pakistan and across Asia. The process started in 1997 and was legally registered in 2001 with the aim to improve human and institutional development (HID) services and create a platform for professionals relating to the field of learning and capacity building. The idea was to bring the development practitioners on a single platform to share and benefit from their experiences and best practices. The network has a rich resource pool of experts among its members from diverse background and experience in development and management. These experts have been working with different national and international development agencies, Govt. departments/projects and multinational companies. The members of HRDN include individuals as well as organizations.


The Pakistan Microfinance Network finds it origins in 1995 as an informal association based on the exchange of thoughts and experiences between microfinance providers operating in Pakistan.  In 1999 this loose collaboration, the Microfinance Group Pakistan, sought and received financial support from the Aga Khan Foundation and the Asia Foundation.  Through its expanding and more formalized operations it continued to build confidence and trust amongst donors, government and microfinance institutions.  In 2001 it moved successfully to become a separate legal entity under the name of the Pakistani Microfinance Network (PMN).


AKDN & John Hopkins Institute conducted a “Study on Indigenous Philanthropy” in 1998. A “Steering Committee” was formed to review the findings and move forward.

The “International Indigenous Philanthropy” -2000 conference was attended by His Highness the Aga Khan and the then President Pervez Musharraf. The Conference endorsed the idea of creating an enabling policy and administrative environment for civil society and philanthropy and endorsed the creation of PCP.

PCP promotes voluntary giving and serving in Pakistan. PCP believes that bringing together the business sector, citizen sector and the government in this sentiment can make a powerful difference in addressing the challenges of poverty.