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Aims and Objective

The aims and objects for which the Kashmir Development Foundation has been established are as follows: -

  • To Develop the capacity and skills of the members of the socially and economically disadvantaged communities of Jammu and Kashmir in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet, their needs and to participate more fully in society;
  • To Advance the education of the general public in the history and culture of Jammu and Kashmir;
  • The prevention or relief of poverty in Jammu and Kashmir by providing: Grants, items, and services to individuals in need and/or charities, or other organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty.

Strategic Priorities and Thematic Focus

KDF Strategic Priorities

  • Social Justice - Integrating Equality and Human Rights

We believe that the people should be able to challenge the unfair practices of institutions and attitudes of individuals and society that discriminate against and marginalise people.

We are leading on integrating equality and human rights work in Jammu and Kashmir. We work in partnership with a range of organisations to support community development, advance social mobility and build capacity through training, research, and humanitarian aid.

  • We empower the voice of Kashmiri people by building the capacity of formal and informal networks of Kashmiri voluntary and civil society organisations and social enterprises.
  • We inform and influence public sector policy and practice through leading on public policy advocacy at all levels for the elimination of discrimination and protection of human rights, and to advance equality of opportunity and fostering good relations.
  • We enable people to claim their human rights, to have their needs met, and have greater control over the decision-making processes which affect their lives and sustainable development.
  • We support the development and delivery of projects that enable Kashmiri people to engage in decision-making at local, neighbourhood, district and country levels to make change happen.
  • We support the campaign for recognition and inclusion of Kashmiri ethnic heritage and national origin in race equality monitoring systems within U.K and EU.
  • Peace and Development

The prolonged conflict and dispute over the national status of Jammu and Kashmir continue to;

  • Put people’s right to life, liberty and security of persons at risk in all the regions of the State, and adversely affecting their socio-economic development and social mobility.

We are proactively engaging in removing barriers in transforming conflict and campaigning for a more productive Indo-Pak peace process over Kashmir, inclusive of Kashmiri voices from all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Kashmiri diaspora community has strong social, cultural, religious and family links, and property inheritance and business interests in Jammu Kashmir.

We are actively seeking partnership with national, regional and international civil society organisations and institutions to help KDF in building our capacity to meaningfully engage in peacebuilding and sustainable development initiatives in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Enterprise

We enable change by developing and promoting innovative solutions to improve the quality of life, advance social mobility and well-being of all communities.

We act as a responsible and accountable partner in design, development, and delivery of community development initiatives and projects.

We deliver training, engagement and enterprise solutions for all sectors.

We facilitated the establishment of “J&K International Trade and Investment Network” and supporting the development of “Jammu Kashmir Diaspora Chamber of Commerce” to release and realise the potential of economic regeneration, trade, and investment in all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir.

We are actively exploring opportunities to develop and promote our cultural capital by preservation, restoration and safeguarding tangible and intangible cultural heritage assets in all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Developing KDF as a robust charity

To be a key player in advancing the education of the public in the history and culture of Jammu and Kashmir and being a proactive stakeholder in leading on public policy advocacy at all levels in relation to fairness, human rights and Kashmiri national origin inclusion in race equality monitoring in U.K. KDF aspires to achieve ‘hallmarks’[1] of an effective Voluntary organisation in all its projects, activities and management.


[1] Adopted from: Hallmarks of an effective charity; http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Publications/cc10.aspx#d


KDF on-going and proposed Projects

  •  Advancing the education of the public in the history and culture of Jammu and Kashmir
  • Kashmir History Week 20-27 October and 24th October Kashmir National Day Celebrations
  • A Kashmiri Diaspora oral history project and arts and Cultural shows
  • Support for educational development in partnership with AJK educational institutions e.g. Institute of Kashmir Studies – AJK University Muzaffarabad
  • Empowering the voice of Kashmiri people

Working in partnership with voluntary and community sector Organisations (VCS) to influence public policy and service delivery to advance equality and social mobility, and foster good relations.

  • Engaging Kashmiri Diaspora in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation and Development initiatives/projects in Jammu Kashmir

We work in partnership with people and a range of organisations to prevent or relieve poverty by supporting local NGOs in developing and delivering projects in the field e.g. promoting health and wellbeing, education and vocational Training, enterprise development, and supporting women and young people organisations

  • Development and promotion of cultural capital

We are campaigning for effective legislation and policies for mapping, restoration, preservation and safeguarding of our tangible and intangible cultural heritage assets. We work in partnership with a range of institutions to develop campaigns and projects for the development and promotion of our cultural capital.

  • Research, Consultancy, and Training

As a growing social enterprise, KDF provides a range of services for all sectors: public, private and NGOs. We deliver training to conduct or facilitate research and community engagement and provide consultancy services. As a charity, we continue to commission research in all areas to support effective delivery of our strategic priorities.


Mission

Kashmir Development Foundation exists to empower the voices of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and Kashmiri Diaspora in Pakistan, UK, Europe and elsewhere by working with the people to prevent or relieve poverty and inequality; supporting peacebuilding and community development initiatives and partnerships to improve peoples’ quality of life, education, socio-economic status, Health and wellbeing; and delivering training, engagement, research and enterprise solutions for all sectors.

About us

Kashmir Development Foundation (KDF) is one of the indigenous Kashmiri development organisation working for community development and empowering the voices of the underrepresented people and communities.

Annual Reports

Kashmir Development Foundation believes in openness and transparency in its functions and operations. Our annual reports are available for our service users, beneficiaries, partners and funders. If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us by E-mail at: admin@kdfajk.org

Public Policy Advocacy

KDF engage strategically with local and national institutions in diverse sectors.  We provide assistance and insight in situation analysis, and in the design, development and delivery of effective community projects and services.

Community Development

We are one of the first local NGOs that set up relief camps in Muzaffarabad after the Kashmir Earthquake on 08 October 2005. We facilitated national and international NGOs in the delivery of a range of relief and rehabilitation projects in Muzaffarabad, Bagh and Poonch.