The Youth Association for Development (YAD) is a youth-led, peace-building civil society initiative based in Baluchistan and whose roots lies with a core of volunteers in different districts of Pakistan. YAD is a human rights-based, multi-sector development organization using the participatory development approach to bring long-term change and sustainable development to the society. The idea of a civil society organization evolved in 2002, when a group of like-minded people working in the social, political, democracy, freedoms, justice, climate, gender, feminists, human rights and development sectors in Baluchistan with local, sub national, national and international exposure and experience, got together and initiated the dialogue among themselves on issues of humanism, peace, democracy, human rights, gender, right to information, transparency, accountability, data, environment, water, climate, sanitation, hygiene, health, education and other social issues in the province and country.
The group recognized the need for an organization which can address the above mentioned issues through a holistic approach.
YAD’s mission is to promote and protect peace, justice, social harmony, interfaith harmony, democracy, freedoms, development, human rights, equality, equity, health, education, climate actions, road safety and social development in Pakistan through research, mobilization, awareness, dialogues, advocacy, lobbying, campaigning, networking, data and capacity building.