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.


To be a Centre of Excellence & multi-level platform for cooperation in knowledge transfer and capacity building for developing countries in integrated rural affairs for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific Region.


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.

  •  To utilise state of the art information and communication technology;
  •  To provide flagship trainings and capacity development in the field of integrated rural development and related agricultural activities to serve the needs of rural communities in the region and sub-regions;
  •  To enhance the analytical capability of developing countries in formulating rural development policies, as well as, determining appropriate measures corresponding with impacts of the globalization, trade liberalization, climate change and disaster risks in the region and sub-regions, engagement communities by using community-based and adaptive management approach;
  • To foster the cooperation on development between countries in the region and sub-regions through collaborative research projects;
  • To collaborate with interagency departments, academic institutions, private sector, research funds, and other national and international organizations to disseminate knowledge gained and transfer of innovative technologies to developing countries in the region and sub-regions.


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.