Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation (OAKDF) was established in 1999 and strives for a democratic and peaceful society based on the values of equality, tolerance and justice. The foundation is a national organisation with its field office in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. OAKDF was set up by a group of activists inspired by the late Mr Omar Asghar Khan (1953-2002). Mr Khan was a Pakistani social activist and a politician, and he was a Federal Minister for Environment, Local Government and Rural Development from 1999 to 2001.
Since June 2009, OAKDF has been active member of 'Pathways to Peace', an important development in which about 100 organisations and civil society activists from across Pakistan came together with the shared vision of peace in their homeland. A series of consultative meetings resulted in a shared commitment to promote peace, framed within four broad parameters:
- Rule of law;
- Democratic governance; and,
- Life with dignity.
OAKDF is also active in the area of humanitarianism with a focus on the internally displaced people (IDPs) as a result of an ongoing conflict in the tribal areas of Pakistan. The Foundation provides food and water, and other essential items such as floor mats, hand fans and soaps to IDPs. According to an estimate, there are roughly 2 million people displaced by conflict in Pakistan.