The Organisation 
Over the years, PAD, which was founded in 1985 and became active in community development in 2002, has been working with more than 14,000 families of fishers, palmyrah tappers, dalits, children and women in Thoothukudi and Ramanathapuram districts of Gulf of Mannar region. Amongst the various activities of PAD, community organisation and development, natural resources management, gender and development, animal husbandry, savings and credit, Information generation and dissemination to needy people and community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) through Information and communication technology (ICT) tools, etc., are important and supported by outside donor organizations. Moreover, PAD serves as a resource organization in imparting participatory methods; livelihoods research methodology, logical framework analysis.

Philosophy
PAD strongly believes that development should be initiated from within the community, a task that cannot be done by outsiders. The role of PAD is that of a facilitator or catalyst who enables people to analyze and understand various issues and help them to help themselves.

PAD believes in “Participatory Development” and “Bottom up” approach. Consequently, PAD believes that sustainable development, which is development that ensures the interests of the weakest sections of a community, will only be realized by adopting an approach that tackles poverty, health, literacy and empowerment through self-governance and organization.

Vision
PAD’s vision is defined by an empowered community whose members govern their lives and determine a progressive future through eco system preservation, sustainable management of natural resources, enhanced livelihood opportunities, developing skills to compete with evolving markets, collective action to enhance incomes, skill advancement, preserving a secular social fabric and creating a caring and protective environment for children, adolescents, working women and the aged.

Mission
PAD’s mission is to strengthen community institutions and capacities for sustainable management of natural resources, to enhance communities’ capacities and confidence to play an active role in local governance and resist government policies that may be detrimental to their food security and rights, to create a safe and protective environment for vulnerable children, adolescents, and the aged and to prepare PAD’s and staff with suitable skills, aptitude and motivation and to strengthen organizational systems to accomplish this vision. The ultimate goal of PAD is to promote local people’s organisations to form effective self-governance.