African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) | IAS Target

African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO)

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African Asian Rural Development Organization

African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) formed in 1962, is an autonomous inter-governmental organization. India, one of the founding members of the AARDO, is the largest contributor in terms of membership contribution. India also provides 70 fully paid training scholarships for Human Resource Development Programme under the Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) to the Organization.
Established in 1962
Headquarters New Delhi, India
Members 33 (17 from Africa + 15 from Asia) and one associate member from Asia

Goal of AARDO

  • Developing understanding among members for better appreciation of each other’s problems
  • To collectively explore opportunities for coordination of efforts in promoting welfare and annihilation of thirst, illiteracy, hunger, disease, and poverty amongst rural people.
  • Promoting cooperation among the countries of the African – Asian Region

AARDO and its association with global institutions

  • AARDO also promotes collaboration with various international organizations for the economic and social welfare of the rural community.
  • It enjoys observer status in FAO, IFAD, UNCTAD, UNESCO, ICA, CIRDAP and UNDP.