Development Pilot Projects

Financing of development pilot projects is one of the major activities undertaken by AARDO in its member countries. AARDO lays emphasis on encouraging the member countries to undertake such projects which would make significant contribution in the development of their rural areas and contribute effectively in alleviation of poverty, providing good living conditions, income and employment generation, etc. Under this programme, AARDO provides financial assistance up to a maximum of US$ 50,000 (US Dollars fifty thousand) per project as approved by the Fourteen (14th) General Session of AARDO Conference held at Cairo, Egypt during 16-17 September 2002. Although, the projects are undertaken on a limited scale, they help the member countries to introduce new technologies, replicate proven technologies, develop infrastructure, promote micro-enterprises, skill enhancement and generate employment for the rural people to alleviate poverty.

AARDO had introduced 'micro-credit' model in the year 2000 to help its member countries in their efforts towards alleviation of rural poverty. Under this model, beneficiaries of the project are given loan on "no-interest, no-collateral" basis. The beneficiaries are required to repay the interest-free loan to the implementing agency over a period of time. This loan is, thus, treated as a revolving fund and deposited in a bank. Recipient country hence gets an opportunity to replicate the project either in the same location or elsewhere. AARDO has successfully financed some projects based on micro-credit as a significant component. These projects have yielded good results.

During the triennium 2015-2017, AARDO will give priority to the financing of development projects focusing on the following core areas:

  1. Capacity Building of the Rural Poor,

  2. Assets Creation for Landless,Agricultural Labour and Artisans, and

  3. Any other Innovative Action Research based Project.

AARDO will also consider the project proposals on the following areas:

  1. i) Agricultural and Rural Development to increase Productivity and Improve
       Environment through:

    - Transfer of Technology,
    - Farm Mechanization,
    - Prevention and Control of Pre-and Post-harvest Losses,
    - Irrigation Facilities,
    - Warehousing and Transportation,
    - Land Reclamation and Agricultural Development,
    - Conservation of Water Resources, and
    - Range and Pasture Management.

  2. ii) Development of Physical and Social Infrastructure:
    - Rural Roads and Transport,
    - Communication System,
    - Electricity Generation especially from Renewable Sources of Energy such as Solar,
      Wind and Biogas, and
    - Schools and Health Centres.

  3. iii) Promotion of off-farm micro-enterprise through:
    - Value Addition in Agricultural Produce,
    - Employment and Income Generating Activities,
    - Micro-credit Enterprises
    - Handicraft and Cottage Industry.
    - Mobile Repairing, and
    - Computer Courses

  4. iv) Social Development:
    - Health: Sanitation and Immunization against Diseases,
    - Family Welfare,
    - Education including Non-formal and Adult Education, and
    - Safe Drinking Water Supply.

  5. v) Miscellaneous:
    - Rural Livelihoods,
    - Application of Information Technology,
    - Impact of IEC Programme,
    - Skills and Placement,
    - Capacity Building of the Rural Poor,
    - Assets Creation for Landless,Agricultural Labour and Artisans, and
    - Any other Innovative Action Research-based project
An important feature of the development pilot projects to be sanctioned during triennium 2015-2017 will be the allocation of suitable amount for the monitoring and evaluation of these projects. Further, the development pilot projects would be based on partnership basis among AARDO, concerned government, community/the beneficiaries and the financial institutions.

Considering the importance of the activity, it is proposed to take up a maximum of twelve (12) development pilot projects in the member countries during the triennium 2015-2017. AARDO is also making efforts to collaborate with economically sound member countries and other agencies to finance some of the projects.


The member countries may avail the financial support from AARDO. The project proposals should be designed as per the guidelines given below and forwarded to the AARDO Secretariat through their respective Nodal Ministries which deal with AARDO affairs. The technical and financial viabilities of the project proposals are examined by the AARDO's Technical Committee prior to its approval.

a)Background of the project
b)Justification for taking up the project
c)Aim and objectives
g)Duration: date of commencement and completion
h)Available resources: human and material
i)Implementing agency: organisational set-up and experience of the project personnel in the relevant field
j)Sponsoring agencies

A)Financial Outlay (Year-wise break-up)
  i)   Non-recurring (fixed assets) expenditure
   a)   Plant and machinery
    b)   Equipments and accessories
     c)   Installation charges
    d)   Land and building
    e)   Cost of civil construction
    f)   Cost of inputs
    g)   Other costs, if any
  ii)  Recurring expenditure
   a)   Salaries and wages of project personnel
     b)  Travelling expenses
     c)   Raw materials
    d)   Operation and maintenance cost
Grand Total (i + ii)
B)Financial Liability (US $)
Source Cost Capital Cost Maintenance Cost
i)  Local contribution
ii)  AARDO's contribution
C) Benefits to be accrued :
 a)  Economical
b)  Social
 c)  Other, please specify
DName of Agency/Organisation responsible for implementation of the project.
EName of Agency/Organization in whose favour AARDO’s contribution is to be remitted.

AARDO has provided financial assistance for 60 development projects in 20 member countries since 1991 as per following details :


Sl.No. Name of the project Country
1 Productive Employment and Development Programme for Rural Women (2003) Bangladesh
2 Productive Employment & Awareness Raising Programme for Rural Women (2007) Bangladesh
3 Milk Collection and Milk Products (1991) Egypt
4 Canning Factory of Juices, Fruits and Agricultural Products (1992) Egypt
5 Training Centre and Production of Readymade Clothes (1994) Egypt
6 Carpentry Training and Production Centre (1997) Egypt
7 Processing of Rice Straw and Turning it into Use Full Highly Nutritious Low Cost Forage (2004) Egypt
8 Palm Oil Processing and Soap Making (1993) Ghana
9 Women's Fish Smoking (1996) Ghana
10 Construction of Day Care Centre (2002) Ghana
11 Cottage Industry & Small/Medium Enterprise Support Programme (2003) Ghana
12 Empowering Chilli Producers in the South Tongu District to Meet Export Standards through Capacity Building and Supply of Inputs” (2010) Ghana
13 Grameen Mahila Vikas Nidhi (1993) India
14 Achieving Sustainable Livelihood through Improves Agricultural Practises for better Yield and Post-harvesting Technology (2006) India
15 A Self Help Agricultural Development Programme (2011) India
16 Water Harvesting (1993) Jordan
17 Medicinal Herbs Agri-Enterprises, Phase II & III (1999) Jordan
18 Medicinal Herbs Agri-Enterprises, Phase II & III (1999) financed by R O China Jordan
19 Home Gardens (1999) Jordan
20 Poultry Raising (2002) Jordan
21 Revolving Micro-Credit  to Enhance Productivity of Rural Women and Integrating them in Sustainable Development  (2007) Jordan
22 Nkiito Water Harvesting (1992) Kenya
23 Supply of Safe Drinking Water to Aora Abongo Group (1993) Kenya
24 Improvement of Irrigation Water Use Efficiency (2007) Lebanon
25 Tools for Sustainable Management and Conservation of Oak Biodiversity (2010) Lebanon
26 Banning of Seines Beaches Lebanon
27 Poultry Production for Rural Female Headed Households (2008) Malawi
28 Coffee Processing Centre (1997) Malaysia
29 Upgrading Tissue Culture Laboratory at Crop Production Centre to Accommodate AARDO Participants  (2001) Malaysia
30 Micro-credit Component of Poverty Alleviation in Rodrigues (2002) Mauritius
31 Women Entrepreneruship Development (2007) :  
i)   Empowerment of Rural Women...
ii)  Setting-up of a Food Processing Unit;
iii)  Child Day Care Centre (2007)
32 Supply of Potable Water (1994) Morocco
33 Water Resource Rehabilitation for Livestock Watering  (1996) Morocco
34 Strengthening of Textile Cooperative in Ain-Alloh  (2001) Morocco
35 Procurement of Cows for Milk Production (2006) Morocco
36 Setting-up of of three farmers for training and Information Dissemination an Grass cutter Rearing (2007) Nigeria
37 Production of Farm Yard Manure (1994) Oman
38 Bee-keeping and Honey Production (2001) Oman
39 Poultry Production for Rural Families (2005) Oman
40   Capacity Building Programme for Women on Textile Colours and Design Development (2007) Oman
41 Provision of Micro-credit Facility and Enhancement of Local  Level Savings for Poverty Alleviation (1999) Pakistan
42 Establishment of Rural Health Centre (2010) Pakistan
43 Establishment of E-Learning Centre at AHKNCRD (2016) Pakistan
44 Barangay Solar Electrification (1994) Philippines
45 Feedlot Cattle Fattening and Dispersal (2001) Philippines
46 Lembema Farm (1992) Sierra Leone
47   Solar and other Renewable Energy Sources (1998) Sudan
48 Water and Energy Needs : Solar Electrification for Water Pumping and Lighting Facilities (2003) Sudan
49 Renewable Energy for Nomads (2006) Sudan
50 Artificial Insemination  for Goats (2007) Sudan
51 Water Network of Elsireef Town (2008) Sudan
52 Farm Mushroom Production (2002) Syria
53 Bee-keeping and Honey Production (2002) Syria
54 Enabling Female Agricultural Guides to Work in the Integrated Rural Development (2007) Syria
55 Development of Sericulture in Syria  (2010 ) Syria
56 Establishment of Laboratory for Analyzing the
Agricultural Fertilizer  (2010)
57 Improvement of Kawambwa Mulwe Gravel Road (1999) Zambia
58 Empower Youth with Entrepreneurship Skills (2005) Zambia
59 Construction of Basic School at Kalenga Village, Shangombo District Western Province (2007) Zambia
60 Empowering Vulnerable Communities with Opportunities to Undertake Income Generating Ventures Intended to Mitigate Poverty and Food Insecurity Zambia