Frequently Asked  Questions

What is CIRDAP?2018-04-13T19:10:09+00:00

CIRDAP is a regional, intergovernmental and autonomous organization working for Integrated Rural Development (IRD) in the Asia-Pacific region.

In July 1979, it was established 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 with a mandate to (i) assist national action, (ii) promote regional cooperation, and (iii) act as a servicing intuition for its member countries for promotion of integrated rural development through research, action research, training and dissemination of information.

What are the objectives of CIRDAP?2018-04-13T19:13:03+00:00

The objectives of the Centre are:

  • To assist national action and promote regional co-operation relating to Integrated Rural Development (IRD), in the region;
  • To act as a servicing institution for its member states;
  • To encourage joint collective activities to benefit the member countries both individually and collectively;
  • To poverty alleviation through people’s participation in the development process.
What are the major activities of CIRDAP?2018-04-13T19:17:02+00:00

CIRDAP works for integrated rural development in its 15 member countries operating through designated contact ministries and link institutions. The major activities of CIRDAP are-

(i)    Conduct and, through the national IRD centres, promote research on various aspects of IRD in the region, with emphasis on alternative approaches leading to more effective field action programmes;

(ii)   Hold consultative conferences or other meetings enabling national decision-makers, research workers, planners and executives to exchange ideas and experiences on IRD and to identify areas in which collaborative efforts should be promoted for the mutual benefit of member states;

(iii)  Organise training courses on planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes for IRD and assist, where desired, the national IRD centres in implementing their respective training programmes;

(iv) Provide technical support to national IRD centres and maintain liaison with such centres and with national, regional or international organisations and agencies concerned with IRD;

(v)  Serve as a clearing house and data bank for information on IRD in the region and promote the dissemination of information through publications and the preparation of documentation, including the translation of significant publications on IRD;

(vi) Perform such other functions as may be necessary or useful for the attainment of its objectives.

Which are the member countries of CIRDAP?2018-04-13T19:18:09+00:00

CIRDAP has 15 member Countries which are – Afghanistan, Bangladesh (host state), Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Which are the collaborating ministries (CCM) and institutions (CLIs) of CIRDAP?2018-04-15T08:54:09+00:00

In each of the CIRDAP member countries, it has one Contact ministry and one link institution for smooth operation of its activities. The country wise collaborating ministry and institutes are:

CountryContact MinistryLink Institute
AfghanistanMinistry of Rural Rehabilitation and DevelopmentAfghanistan Institute for Rural Development (AIRD)
BangladeshMinistry for Local Government, Rural Development and CooperativesBangladesh Academy for Rural  Development (BARD)
FijiMinistry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster ManagementMinistry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management
IndiaMinistry of Rural DevelopmentNational Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR)
IndonesiaMinistry of Home AffairsDirectorate General of Community and Village Empowerment (DGVCE)
IranMinistry of Jihad-e- AgricultureAgriculture Planning Economic and Rural Development Research Institute (APERDRI)
Lao PDRMinister for Agriculture and ForestryDepartment of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
MalaysiaMinistry of Rural and Regional DevelopmentInstitute for Rural Advancement (INFRA)
MyanmarMinistry of Agriculture, Livestock and IrrigationDepartment of Agricultural Planning, Ministry of Agriculture & Irrigation
NepalMinistry of Federal Affairs and Local DevelopmentLocal Development Training Academy (LDTA)
PakistanMinistry of EstablishmentAHK National Centre for Rural Development
PhilippinesDepartment of Agrarian ReformBureau of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development (BARBD)
Sri LankaMinistry of AgricultureHector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute (HARTI)
ThailandMinistry of Agriculture & CooperativesNational FAO Committee of Thailand, Ministry of Agriculture & Cooperatives
VietnamMinistry of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentInternational Cooperation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
How does CIRDAP works?2018-04-13T19:32:09+00:00

CIRDAP has one contact ministry (e.g. MRRD, MoALI, etc) and one link institution (e.g. AIRD, BARD, etc) in each of its member country. In collaboration with these ministry and institution CIRDAP works at regional and national level. As pr the Strategic Plan 2018-2022, CIRDAP is also planning to work in community level through its development partners.

What are the Focus areas of CIRDAP?2018-04-13T19:34:14+00:00

Sustainable Development and Efficient use of Natural Resources

  • Land Administration and Management
  • Waste management
  • Natural resource management


  • Poverty reduction
  • Economic Productivity through Technological Innovation, Upgrading and Diversification and Related Policies
  • Skill development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Access to Financial Services
  • Sustainable Tourism (Eco Tourism)
  • New Development and emerging issues of rural livelihood

Access to Basic Services:

  • Food and nutrition security
  • Safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation
  • Health and education
  • Affordable reliable and modern renewable energy
  • Access and use of ICT for IRD
  • Decent housing
  • Rural transportation access

Climate Change and Impacts

  • Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change
  • Mitigation of adverse impact


  • Strengthening local governance and CBO/CSOs
  • Gender Inclusive Governance

Management of Rural Areas in Transition

How can an organization be a partner with CIRDAP?2018-04-13T19:35:33+00:00

CIRDAP always looks forward to work with active and potential national, regional and international partnership. If any organization is interested to work with CIRDAP in mutual common areas of interest, they can communicate to dgcirdap@cirdap.org.

Upon the proposal CIRDAP will communicate with the organization if it meets CIRDAP’s area of interest.

How can I participate in Training programmes of CIRDAP?2018-04-13T19:36:43+00:00

CIRDAP regularly arrange training, exposure visit and capacity building programmes for Government Officials and development practitioners working in different areas of rural development.

Usually, Ministries and Link institutes of CIRDAP Member Countries are notified to send nominations for different international programmes. From the nominations, participants are selected based on the some pre-determined criteria.

However, for some programmes, open call for applications is circulated through CIRDAP website.

How can I access CIRDAP’s library/publications/country wise data?2018-04-13T19:48:25+00:00

CIRDAP’s e-library, publications are open to all. Anyone can access the e-library at www.dspace.cirdap.org. Moreover, everyone is welcome to make best use of the CIRDAP Azizul Huq Library located in CIRDAP Secretariat in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

For borrowing books one has to complete a membership form which is available in the Library. Fee is Tk. 1000 for the first year, a membership card which is valid for one year. Renewal membership fee is Tk. 500 per year.

For country wise data, interested one can make a request explaining the needs by email in usharani@cirdap.org , upon request CIRDAP will communicate.

How do I apply for a job/Internship with CIRDAP?2018-04-13T19:40:55+00:00

CIRDAP’s vacancy announcements and internship opportunities are posted in the website time to time. Interested person are requested to visit opportunity section to learn more about CIRDAP Jobs offer and application procedure.

How can I submit article for APJORD?2018-04-13T19:43:48+00:00

APJORD is a flagship publication of CIRDAP. The journal, published in every six months interval contains articles on development issues submitted by various scholars and development practitioners from CMCs. Articles are received round the year and a author may submit his/her article as per guidelines by email at apjord@cirdap.org ; alternatively articles can be submitted using to “submit articles” options placed under opportunity menu. Articles are selected as per editorial policy through rigorous review by panel of experts and editorial board.