The SAARC Charter envisages acceleration of social progress through active collaboration and mutual assistance amongst Member States. Focus on social issues under the broad heading of Health and Population Activities were one of the five original areas of cooperation identified by Member States during the inception of SAARC.
The Association promotes social agenda in the region mainly through cooperation in the following areas:
- Gender Related Issues
- Children and Youth
- Health and Population Activities
- SAARC Social Charter
In addition their are a number of regional projects underway through SAARC Development Fund (SDF) and others to support social development in the region.