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People’s Development Forum (PDF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving marginalized people throughout Tanzania and South Sudan. Since its founding in 2010, PDF has implemented donor-funded programs centered on child protection, health promotion, legal aid, climate change, and WASH, among other development areas. PDF is headquartered in Dar es Salaam and operates regional offices across the country. In 2015 PDF opened a branch in Juba, South Sudan, to meet the needs of displaced persons in the post-conflict setting.


A community with improved social well being for all.


To identify and address the root causes of problems facing marginalized communities through strategic approaches and methodologies.

Capacity Building

PDF empowers communities and grassroots institutions in the areas of leadership, governance, specialized skills, monitoring, evaluation, and management. Empowered communities assume responsibility for managing and predicting their own needs, take responsibility for their own development, and hold their leaders and service providers accountable.

Service Delivery

PDF improves the livelihood of marginalized people by providing direct services to institutions and communities. Services have included infrastructure development for Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), HIV and viral hepatitis counseling and testing, home-based care, legal aid, and referral services for child abuse survivors to justice institutions.

Strategic Engagement

Through this inclusive and participatory framework, PDF engages policy leaders, decision makers, community members and other stakeholders to work towards a common goal.

Key Pillars of Work

Our Core Values

Health Promotion

Legal Aid and Economic Empowerment


Child Protection & Child Rights Governance

Agriculture, Food Security, & Climate Change Mitigation

Good Governance, Democracy, & Human Rights


We always tell the truth; good news or bad.

Genuine Care

We do our best to put ourselves in our partner’s shoes and take our own advice before we present it to someone.


One can count on us to do what we say.


Our commitment is unparalleled and our record of accomplishment backs it up.


What makes us truly unique is our ability to develop workable solutions to the problems faced by neediest communities.


We employ only the best and acquire state-of-the-art capacity building continually.