OSDI helps coordinate local efforts and solutions on the basis of need and seeks to uplift entire communities out of poverty. Our approach is unique in the sense that no program is imposed on a local population and each initiative is undertaken following consultation with community members in order to ensure long-term benefits, sustainability and accountability.
OSDI has developed 3 distinct strategies to combat poverty and sustain development:
To tailor programs to a specific population's needs, our initial focus is on confidence building within communities. We select project officers originating from these local communities who can serve as intermediaries between OSDI and the people. Project officers address the concerns of the population and ensure that appropriate projects are undertaken to fill gaps in development. They conduct feasibility studies to help us identify the deficiencies in people's livelihoods, coordinate skills and engage in capacity building workshops when necessary. They also help form and build relationships with CBOs who are responsible for raising money within the community, for maintaining the project for the long-term and for subsequently communicating results.
Our approach incorporates aspects such as access to education, health-care, better infrastructure, clean water and food, and other issues that are relevant to these communities and may improve their lives. Overall, this holistic approach is designed to provide people with a sense of responsibility to empower them to overcome their poverty stricken conditions.
OSDI is a non-profit organization which was established in 2009 by a group of concerned professionals who wanted to bring positive social change in Pakistan. The founding members combined their resources and pooled their experiences in the private sector to develop a unique model for targeted sustainable development in the rural areas of Pakistan.
OSDI's programs are largely supported by the Corporate Social Responsibility funds of the Marine Group of Companies. OSDI has also partnered with several bilateral and multilateral agencies for specific projects such as shelter reconstruction in flood affected areas. OSDI is open to working in its focused villages with international donors and local implementing partners targeting poverty alleviation and sustainable development.