Indus Consortium – a collaborative platform of 3 rights-based development organizations i.e. Laar Humanitarian Development Program (LHDP), Doaba Foundation and HELP Foundation – is a manifestation of a joint force of the people living around Sindhu (Indus) River basin in Pakistan. The consortium represents the unity among various groups of different ethnic, linguistic and geographic features and their resolve to struggle for the development of the people around Indus River basin whose forefathers, in the ancient ages, had developed one of the most prosperous civilizations around the globe; remembered in history as Indus Civilization.
The concept of a joint forum of various organizations of different geographic locations in Pakistan for the holistic socioeconomic development of these least served rural, riverine, disaster-prone and marginalized communities was envisaged by Doaba Foundation (District Muzaffargarh based) and shared with LHDP (District Badin based) with the advent of the 21st century and got a significant pragmatic emergence in 2004. Another likeminded organization – HELP Foundation – from another poverty-stricken district in Punjab, District Rajanpur, was engaged in 2005. With the association of these 3 rights-based organizations working along the banks of Indus River in the extremely run-down areas of Pakistan, the idea of the association was extended to work on the establishment of a development consortium.
The association of these 3 organizations got the full swing in 2008 and the thinking was materialized as the establishment of Indus Consortium on 2008 – being a social conglomerate meant to carry out socioeconomic, environmental, DRR and rights-based development initiatives primarily along or in proximity of the banks of historical River Indus in the districts like Thatta, Qambar Shahdadkot, Ghotki and Kashmore in Sindh province and Layyah, Jhang, Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, D.G.Khan, Rajanpur and Rahimyar Khan in Punjab province.