DPAP is the successor of Northern Areas Development Project (NADP) jointly funded by GOP, UNIFAD and UNDP and started in 1998. The DPAP is incorporated as Non Profit Organization under section 42 of Companies Ordinance 1984 in year 2010.

DPAP is the largest Programme in Diamer with a mandate to alleviate poverty by harnessing people’s potential and undertakes development activities in Diamer. The head office of DPAP is located in Chilas from where all the activities are in operation. DPAP is currently working with 14,350 households organized under 688 Community Organizations and Women Development Groups.