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Ongoing dynamic learning is key for effective social action that claims rights on behalf of their communities. CSIDC (Center for Social Innovation in Developing Countries) supports changemakers in the practice of Leadership and Community Organizing through training and coaching. 


We work in Pakistan in partnership with AktivAsia on climate justice. We also have a large portfolio of international clients with whom we facilitate learning experiences in Asia and globally. We are an organizational member of the Leading Change Network.  

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We envision a world where all humans make choices respectful of their interconnectedness with each other and their environments.

For our future, the future of other life forms, and the future of our planet, we need committed individuals and organizations to lead on shifting mindsets, and shifting power towards the marginalized. 

We grow and connect these individuals and organizations to catalyze social change.


1 - COACH LEADERS AND CAMPAIGNS: Coachees report that our "coaching guidance that has such strength and a softness and expectation wrapped in unwavering belief that what it takes, and the next steps, is inside of that person."

2- DESIGN EXPERIENCES: We design pedagogical experiences that help organizations address the specific problem they are dealing with. Clients regard us as “extremely professional and committed” and someone they “really enjoyed working with.”

3- TRAIN:  We teach leadership frameworks used by successful campaigns and non-profits around the world. Those who have worked with us regard our greatest strength to be “encouraging participation and nurturing vulnerabilities to explore and go to places that most people would be uncomfortable to go and once there, holding participants up so that they are able to the internal work however difficult may be."



Head Teaching Fellow with Marshall Ganz, 2020-21; Teaching Fellow 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2020.

These practices are

  • Public narrative

  • Relationship building

  • Campaign structure

  • Campaign Strategizing

  • Tactics and action.

These leadership practices have been systemized into a framework taught at the Harvard Kennedy School by Dr. Marshall Ganz, a celebrated civil rights organizer, and have been adapted in grassroots efforts around the world in electoral politics, human rights, advocacy and grassroots movements. 



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CEO, Training Lead

Noorulain Masood is the Founder and CEO of CSIDC, a leadership education provider for those committed to creating social change. She is motivated by a deep belief that leadership can be taught, and sustainable change happens when we become more strategic, self-reflective, and constituency-focused.

Noor first taught with Professors Marshall Ganz and Ron Heifetz at Harvard University in 2012. Since then, she has designed, taught, coached, and coordinated courses using Organizing and Public Narrative frameworks, working with 1000+ activists, non-profit executives, and grassroot leaders over the years. Noor has also taught Adaptive Leadership with Professor Ron Heifetz in 2020, for the course on “Self, Identity and leadership”, and recently designed and ran a course on "Feminist Leadership" using the framework.

Noor completed her Masters in Public Administration / International Development on a Fulbright Scholarship from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2009. Afterwards, she worked at policy making institutions in Washington DC and New York City (World Bank and United Nations), led a non-profit in Pakistan on leadership development of educationists (Teach For Pakistan, a partner of Teach For All Network) , and designed a DFID funded pilot that enabled grassroot leaders in rural Pakistan to collect real-time insights into the lives of their peers, and lead data-based conversations on woman and child malnutrition within the community. Noor was a teaching staff at Harvard University from 2019 to 2021 where she taught and led teaching teams with Professors Marshall Ganz and Ron Heiftez.


Noor is part of the regional leadership team for AktivAsia, their Pakistan country lead, and part of the Leading Change Forum at the Leading Change Network.  


173-I, Block 2, PECHS, Karachi-75400, Pakistan.

Telephone No: +92 21 34551482, +92 21 34541270
Fax: +92 21 34547532

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