Development Pool (DP) is a socio-economic consultancy firm serving clients in the international development, non-profit, private and public sector organizations working in the areas of Economic and Business Development, Democracy and Governance and Social Development. Starting its business in 2006, Development has completed about 70 projects spanning research, training and consulting nation-wide.
Development Pool is sensitive to the impact of its work including knowledge products and capacity buildings projects.
In tracing its impact, it considers factors such as innovation, influence on policy or regulatory action, visible improvement in organizational efficiency, a noticable change in the direction of a project, and contribution to knowledge and awareness in case of public domain reports.
Development Pool's research for the Competition Commission of Pakistan has been used as a supportive analysis for regulatory action ensuring a fair and competitive business conduct. It pioneered the idea of commercialization of innovation in Pakistani universities by preparing business briefs of selected innovative projects completed by the faculty of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Development Pool training for Aga Khan Foundation's community leaders have sensitised them about achieving sustainability by following social enterprise models.
It has been instrumental in improving the efficiency of medium scale non-profit advocacy organizations such as Bargad. Authored by its principal consultant, Development Pool's report on Education Vouchers Scheme of the Government of Punjab has been acknowledged by the government as a supportive factor in replication of the scheme in the entire province.
In an on-going project, its trainers have been engaged in capacity building of Pakistan's five leading political parties, a project of immense importance in developing a stronger, democratic culture.
In terms of human resource development, Development Pool has groomed, trained and supervised several researchers, who have been recruited to serve as university professors, international financial analysts, and managers at large national organizations.