KADO is a hybrid not-for-profit organization that blends modern and indigenous approaches to drive sustainable development in the regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. We aim to empower marginalized communities by fostering entrepreneurship, digital livelihoods, women's empowerment, Inclusion of PWDS, and skill development. We strongly believe in inclusivity and strive to create equal opportunities for everyone through close collaboration with local communities, stakeholders, and partners to create lasting positive change and sustainable pathways for development in the mountain region of Gilgit-Baltistan. Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) was founded 25 years ago by a group of civic-minded citizens under the section 42 of SECP Act 2017. Its founders used a hybrid indigenous-modern approach to manage change and transformation in the development of the Karakoram region with its rich natural and cultural diversity. With a clear mission, keeping with the highest professional and compliance standards, KADO has been a pioneer in promoting sustainable development in the Karakoram region of Pakistan.


Impact, Growth & Sustainability


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 strengthens 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.

Climate Resilience Initiatives

Charting a Greener Tomorrow

Social Protection Initiatives

Inclusivity & Unified Development

Culture Development Initiatives

Reviving Roots: Blending Tradition with Progress

Future Skills Initiatives

Shaping Skillset and Empowering Communities for the World Ahead

Civil Society Support Initiatives

Amplifying Change and Elevating Civic Engagement

Public Diplomacy Initiatives

Partnerships that Power Progress




Hunza Arts and Cultural Forum (HAFC): PAST PROJECTS Hunza Arts and Cultural Forum (HAFC): The Hunza Arts and Cultural Forum was established in the
PAST PROJECTS HiMaT ILDP| Indigenous Leadership and Development Program The HiMaT Indigenous Leadership and Development Project was born in 2009 out of several years
PAST PROJECTS GEMS AND JEWELLERY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE: In 2008, KADO with its partners, which includes Rupani Foundation and Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP),