AARDO – an inter governmental autonomous, non-profit organization has been advocating and supporting rural and agricultural development since 1962 for the direct benefit of some 2.4 billion people in 32 African and Asian member countries.
AARDO provides a neutral forum for its member countries. The Organization enjoys observer status with a number of United Nation agencies, International and Regional Organizations like UNDP, IFAD, ILO, ICA, UNESCO, UNCTAD, FAO, CIRDAP (Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific) and AOAD (Arab Organization for Agricultural Development).
AARDO has Six (6) Regional Offices: three (3) each in Africa and Asia, namely, Regional Office for North and Eastern Africa, Cairo, Egypt; Regional Office for West Africa, Accra, Ghana; Regional Office for Southern Africa, Lusaka, Zambia; Regional Office for the Far East, Seoul, R O Korea; Regional Office for the Middle East, Amman, Jordan; and Regional Office for South and Central Asia, Islamabad, Pakistan. These regional offices support the activities of the AARDO.
AARDO has 26 apex level Centres of Excellence in many of its member countries for specialized trainings on different themes/subjects related to rural and agriculture development.
AARDO provides more than 350 fully-paid fellowships annually for specialized trainings ranging from two weeks to three months; moreover, fellowships of one-year Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management at NIRD, India and Master's Degree Programme at the Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul (PSPS), Yengnam University, R. O Korea, Master's degree and Ph.d degree, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad, Pakistan are also available for the nominees of the member countries.
AARDO organizes about International / Regional Workshops/ Seminar a year, where a considerable number of participants attended from its member countries.
AARDO has a database of highly qualified experts from different African-Asian countries in Rural and Agricultural Development for its different technical programmes.
AARDO has co-financed more than Sixty (63) Development Pilot Projects in 21 member countries in around two decades.
AARDO has more than 35 MoUs with international / regional / national organizations/universities/institutes having direct or indirect mandate on rural development.
AARDO has been publishing its African-Asian Journal of Rural Development (since 1967), AARDO Newsletter (since 1987), Annual Report (since 1985) and Workshop / seminar reports (since 1971) besides regularly updating its website (www.aardo.org) and library having around 8,000 books / reports on rural and agriculture development.