Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Pathfinder International champions sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide, mobilizing communities most in need to break through barriers and forge their own paths to a healthier future. Fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is an inherent part of this mission. Pathfinder’s core values compel us to act against systemic racism, discrimination, and injustice, and to examine the role of Western aid in perpetuating colonial practices through humanitarian work and global health. We are committed to ensuring DEI is foundational to both our business model and organizational values.


Our DEI-related commitments:

  • Increase the autonomy of Pathfinder country offices outside of the US by using a social justice lens to examine our US-based processes and structures and explore ways to increase operational autonomy outside the US to drive even greater impact.
  • Attract and retain diverse staff and board of directors who reflect the communities where Pathfinder works and contribute in a highly professional, inclusive, and respectful manner.
  • Create a more equitable and inclusive organization through our programs and internal structures, systems, and policies that exemplify our values and meet the diverse needs of Pathfinder staff and those we serve.
  • Become a learning organization to better understand and address equity and social justice barriers within Pathfinder and the communities where we work.

Currently, 91% of our staff are from the countries we serve globally.

In addition to Pathfinder’s leaders, the following teams guide our DEI efforts:

  • A Global DEI Council that represents the geographical areas where Pathfinder currently works and ensures DEI activities are connected to Pathfinder’s mission and embedded within our policies and systems.
  • A Gender Equity Initiative that is furthering our progress as leaders in gender equity and inclusivity, and as an employer of choice for women and parents.
  • A US Racial Justice Leadership Team that is building an anti-racist culture at Pathfinder by strengthening the capacity of US staff to communicate about race, mobilize for change, and advocate for more inclusive policies and organizational practices.

Learn more about our major DEI-related initiatives and achievements >>

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Nearly 90% of our 1,271 employees worldwide come from the very communities where we work. We are courageous. We are pioneers. We are Pathfinders.

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