Our Approach

The Pan American Development Foundation empowers disadvantaged people and communities in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable economic and social progress, strengthen their communities and civil society, promote democracy and governance, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises.  

With these objectives in mind, PADF carries out a wide range of programs that enhance prosperity for millions of vulnerable and excluded people in Latin American and the Caribbean. We do this by engaging community-based groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), national and local governments, multilateral organizations, and the private sector in the process of implementing appropriate solutions for sustainable development.

For more than five decades, PADF has helped spur national development partnerships, engage private and public sector resources in regional development, increase family incomes, and promote innovative links between communities and the private sector. PADF’s programs have generated thousands of jobs, saved lives and property, protected vital natural resources, upgraded skills training and medical services, and improved conditions for thousands of disadvantaged Latin American and the Caribbean people.

Our programs are designed to:

Create Economic Opportunities

The key to development is self-sufficiency. PADF focuses on generating livelihoods and improving incomes among disadvantaged people.

Promote Social Progress

Strong communities are an essential part of the social fabric. PADF helps build resilient communities from where prosperity can grow.

Strengthen Communities and Civil Society

Strengthening civil society and increasing citizen participation in local governments and non-governmental organizations is a fundamental ingredient for a healthy democracy.

Respond to Natural Disasters

Natural disasters and humanitarian crises can devastate communities. PADF strives to lessen the impact by improving disaster mitigation, preparedness, and response.