The Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) is a regional, intergovernmental and autonomous organisation. It was established on 6 July 1979 at the initiative of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations with support from several other UN bodies and donors. The Centre came into being to meet the felt needs of the developing countries at that time as an institution for promoting integrated rural development in the region.

From the original six members, CIRDAP has now grown up as a Centre of 15 member countries. The member-countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh (Host State), Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Operating through designated contact ministries and link institutions in member countries, CIRDAP promotes regional cooperation. It plays a supplementary and reinforcing role in supporting and furthering the effectiveness of integrated rural development programmes in Asia and the Pacific.


CIRDAP, a Centre of Excellence in Integrated Rural Development.


Our mission is to provide technical support and promote innovative best practices on sustainable IRD amongst member countries in Asia-Pacific in order to improve the lives of the rural people. In pursuing this mission:

  • we shall strengthen collaboration with our link ministries, link institutions, development partners, private sector and other stakeholders;
  • we shall adopt state of the art information and communication technology;
  • we shall commit to mobilising resources; and
  • we shall embrace the values of Diligence, Integrity, Transparency and Accountability, Inclusivity, and Resilience to inculcate professionalism.


CIRDAP should be guided by the following values:

  • Diligence – Commitment to careful and persistent work and effort to contribute to the achievement of CIRDAP goals;
  • Integrity – Uphold moral or ethical code through honesty, faithfulness, sincerity and innocence;
  • Transparency and Accountability – Ensure that all activities are undertaken through ways in which they can easily be visible by others and taking ownership of their processes and outputs;
  • Inclusivity – Ensure the inclusion of the most vulnerable rural people in terms of socio-economic status, gender, physical challenges in all activities undertaken; and
  • Resilience – The ability to anticipate and manage challenges to sustain continuous progress.