The Social Development & Research Organization was established in 2004 to enhance civil society participation in development and local decision making process.
In course of time, SDRO has gradually identified its core competencies based on its own experience and feedback provided by stakeholders. Its identified areas of strength have been organizing campaigns, awareness creation and education programs to enable people to be able to claim and exercise their civil and political rights. Education, monitoring, lobbying, advocacy, research and training on issues related to civic participation have been regular activities undertaken by SDRO.
As a civil society organization, SDRO is focused towards working with socially and economically disadvantaged and marginalized groups. Some of its target groups have included underprivileged women and marginalized youth.SDRO acts as an advocate for citizen participation which it believes is an essential component of governance and democracy. SDRO seeks to amplify the voices and opinions of ordinary people and gives expression to the enormous creative energy of the burgeoning civil society, particularly community organizations.
In 2009, SDRO re-calibrated its strategic direction in order to face the enormous challenges of the post war context. SDRO has changed its vision statement based on the new era.