Ms. Sadiqa Salahuddin is recognised as one of the leading development professionals in Pakistan and a prominent contributor to the enhancement of Pakistan’s civil society. Her early experience as a management trainer for senior government officials became the foundation for capacity-building initiatives across the civil society spectrum. Her insight of government systems, combined with hands-on experience of capacity-building at the grassroots level, increased the effectiveness of NGO-government collaboration.
Ms. Salahuddin has represented Pakistan in several international forums and has participated in numerous national and international conferences. She serves on the governing boards of several important government and civil society initiatives, and on a number of national task forces and working groups on women’s empowerment, poverty reduction, and education. She has carried out consulting assignments on strategic planning, monitoring of programs and projects, and issues related to local government bodies.
Ms. Salahuddin is the Founder and Executive Director of the Indus Resource Centre. She is providing guidance to IRC’s training programmes. These programmes are quite diverse such as pure management, financial management, project proposal writing, social mobilisation, teachers’ training, head teachers’ and administrators’ training, natural resource management and micro-credit management. The courses are designed and conducted for NGOs, District Government Officials and elected local bodies’ councillors. In the process she trains her junior colleagues to become effective trainers.
Ms. Salahuddin is one of the founding Member Board of Directors and for two three-year terms served as the Chairperson of SPO (Strengthening Participatory Organization) a leading Pakistani rights-based civil society organization having countrywide presence outreach and support from 3500 partner entities dealing with matters related to human rights, democracy and good governance, justice, peace and harmony, and strengthening of public institutions; both, at policy as well as implementation levels.
Ms. Salahuddin is also a Member Board of Directors of CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizens’ Participation, Micro-finance Bank (Khushhali Bank), LEAD Pakistan, and Teachers Resource Centre; Member Provincial Steering Committee on Whole District Initiatives in Education; and Member General Body of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund.
Ms. Salahuddin has two Master’s degrees in economics, one from Karachi University in Pakistan, the other from Syracuse University in the United States. She also holds a Master of Science degree in management from the Management Education Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.