Our Approach

How We Evaluate a Project: The Details

We receive a large number of proposals from NGOs working all over Pakistan. In order to make funding decisions on all these proposals, we have developed a rigorous evaluation process that lasts between 3-5 months. The steps below are followed during this process:

Initial Screening An initial evaluation of the proposal received is conducted by our Program Directors. This includes initial vetting of Read More …

Detailed Evaluation Once a proposal has moved on in the process, a team of 5 volunteers is created to evaluate Read More …

Decision to Fund If a team decides to fund a project, several steps are followed before funding is given out. Read More …

Launch of a Project Once the contract has been signed, ADP’s Media Team launches the project by putting up a Read More …

Project Implementation Once an NGO receives the 1st tranche of funding, it begins its work (as specified in the contract). Read More …

Monitoring and Reporting ADP monitors each project that it funds very closely for the 1st year. The NGO submits regular Read More …

Funding Criteria

In a country as impoverished as Pakistan, the poor often rely on charity for their day-to-day subsistence. Given the widespread opportunities for charitable giving at an individual level, ADP focuses its limited resources on projects that can create a lasting impact. ADP evaluates each project against the following key criteria:

Critical Need

The project should address a major hardship or threat to the community (e.g. sanitation, health) and/or a crucial element of the poverty cycle (e.g. education) that is currently not being adequately addressed.

High Social Return
The project is a cost effective solution for tackling the need identified above and presents a high social return compared to other available solutions. The project should have a large impact, enhancing a number of lives in a significant and measurable way. We assess social return on a number of metrics which vary based on the project, some of which are noted below:
1. number of beneficiaries
2. project cost/beneficiary
3. beneficiaries/unit of development (e.g handpump)

We evaluate projects along two dimensions of sustainability:
1) whether the impact will last beyond the duration of our funding
2) whether the project itself is financially sustainable
Sustainability can take many different forms such as community participation (the construction of a school where the operating costs are shared between the community and the NGO) or reusable funds (micro-credit schemes) or clear paths to achieve a self-funding state.

Clarity & Focus
We have often seen NGOs trying to achieve too much. We are looking to partner with NGOs who understand their strengths and use their capabilities to implement high impact development projects.

ADP seeks to funds NGOs who currently find it difficult to raise funds from traditional sources. We will not fund NGOs which already have access to large donor pools, except in cases where NGOs have audited financial statements that clearly show the revenues they currently have, are being utilized elsewhere, and the NGO does not have the requisite funds to carry out the proposed project.

Our evaluation process entails a project site visit conducted by volunteers. Please ensure that the location of the project is no more than a few hours away from any major city in Pakistan. Currently, we are not evaluating projects which are located in sensitive areas (in terms of security) as our volunteers will not be able to go for site visits there.

Demonstrated Experience
When submitting a proposal for funding, it is very important for you to have undertaken similar projects in the past that demonstrate experience with the project and trust with the beneficiary communities.