• Organization TypeImplementing NGO
  • Development Budget100 Million - 500 Million
  • HeadquartersUnited States
  • Founded1962

Pan American Development Foundation (PADF)

The Pan American Development Foundation is a strategic partner of the Organization of American States that was established in 1962 to implement socio-economic development programs and disaster assistance in Latin America and the Caribbean. For half a century, PADF's innovative work has earned it a much-deserved reputation as a skilled implementer of programs that address key challenges in Latin American and the Caribbean. PADF has produced impressive results throughout the Western Hemisphere. During fiscal year 2011 alone, it benefited more than 7.5 million in 23 countries.   As part of its strategy, PADF engages community-based groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local governments, and the private sector in the process of implementing appropriate solutions for sustainable development. Through these partnerships, PADF seeks to: Create Economic Opportunities Promote Social Progress Strengthen Communities and Civil Society Respond to Natural Disasters   In the last 50 years, millions of people living in nearly every country in Latin America and the Caribbean have benefitted from PADF programs. With over $250 million leveraged in development funds in the last five years alone, PADF has helped spur national development partnerships, engage private and public sector resources in regional development, increase family incomes, and promote innovative links between communities and the private sector. PADF’s programs have generated thousands of jobs, saved lives and property, protected vital natural resources, upgraded skills training and medical services, and improved conditions for thousands of disadvantaged Latin American and the Caribbean people.   Our Vision A Hemisphere of Opportunity for All   Our Mission The Pan American Development Foundation empowers disadvantaged people and communities in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable economic and social progress, strengthen their communities and civil society, promote democracy and governance, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises, thereby advancing the principles of the Organization of American States.   Our Values We are committed to: Results - sustainable, concrete outcomes appropriate for the local context Innovation - creativity, entrepreneurship, collegiality and willingness to take risks to achieve high levels of success Empowerment - valuing local capacity and knowledge and respecting all stakeholders in the development process Excellence - striving for the highest standards of performance in everything we do Teamwork - leadership, open and effective communication, personal and professional growth, and respect for others Partnerships - working as true partners with local civil society, community groups, municipalities, and the private sector  Accountability - transparency, integrity, and responsibility in our operations and all our interactions Inter-American Cooperation - identification with the principles of cooperation and solidarity of the Organization of American States   Programs In keeping with our mission to create a Hemisphere of Opportunity for All, PADF implements a wide range of programs that enhance prosperity for millions of disadvantaged people in Latin American and the Caribbean. Create Economic Opportunities The key to development is self-sufficiency. PADF focuses on generating livelihoods and improving incomes among disadvantaged people. Promote Social Progress Strong communities are an essential part of the social fabric. PADF helps build resilient communities from where prosperity can grow. Strengthen Communities and Civil Society Strengthening civil society and increasing citizen participation in local governments and non-governmental organizations is a fundamental ingredient for a healthy democracy. Respond to Natural Disasters Natural disasters and humanitarian crises can devastate communities. PADF strives to lessen the impact by improving disaster mitigation, preparedness, and response.  
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Job openings over the past year

Examples of past jobs

  • Program Associate – Democracy, Governance and Human Rights
    United States
  • Project Director, Labor – Automotive Manufacturing Sector
  • Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Indigenous Peoples and Afro-Colombian Activity
  • ESL Trainer Of Trainers

Staff at Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) have experience in


  • development
  • public administration
  • legislation / regulations
  • human rights
  • economic policy


  • united states
  • honduras
  • kosovo
  • haiti
  • chile


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas


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Local Government
Personnel / Human Resources
Public Administration
Private Sector Development
Disaster Preparation
Torts / Conflict Resolution
Project Support
Data Management

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Company Offices

  • Colombia
  • Bogota
  • Calle 100 #9A 45 P. 13 100 Street Building
  • Haiti
  • Port-au-Prince
  • JBE Plaza, Blvd. du 15 Octobre, Belvil 7 Route de Tabarre
  • United States (headquarters)
  • Washington
  • 1889 F Street, NW
  • District of Columbia 20006
  • United States
  • Miami Beach
  • 1111 Lincoln Road Suite 400
  • Florida