Who are we


Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) Established in 1998, KADO is a hybrid (indigenous-modern), not for profit organization, working for sustainable development in the Karakoram-Hindukush-Himalayan region of Pakistan aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, social and economic growth, and value-added products to reduce poverty and marginality of Women, Youth, Persons with Disabilities, and other disadvantaged segments of the society. KADO is a section 42 Not-For-Profit Organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) under the Companies Act 2017.


KADO’s geographical spread and focus currently encompass activities in areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The organization has developed different knowledge management products which, include the mountain regions and communities living in and around Karakoram, Hindukush, Himalaya, and Pamir regions across the borders.


To develop human and institutional capacities for equitable and sustainable development.


A healthy society that is socially, culturally, and economically balanced.

Thematic Focus

& objectives

KADO designs and initiates new projects/programs or strengthen and replicates the existing projects/programs in below mentioned selected thematic areas. Capacity building of Women and Persons with Disabilities are the cross-cutting themes.

Economic Development

Information and Communication Technology for Development

Rehabilitation of Special Persons

Climate Change and Environmental Management

Cultural Revival & Development

Human & Institutional Development (HID)

Knowledge Management




PAST PROJECTS ICT4D|INTRODUCTION OF COMPUTER LITERACY IN HUNZA KADO, since its inception, developed different interventions in computer literacy using ICT tools for local development.
PAST PROJECTS KADO Internet Service (KIS) KIS helped to promote businesses in the region. An assessment carried out by the independent team in KADO
PAST PROJECTS Women Handicraft Companies: KADO, with the financial support of SDC, trained 3000 women in handicraft making, marketing, and selling of these products