Daastan is a book publishing company which leverages technology to bring accountability and transparency in the publishing industry. Qissa – Pakistan’s premier publishing portal – connects key stakeholders in the industry to exchange value. Daastan is democratizing the industry by transferring the power to the content creators to publish, distribute and earn from their content without depending on anyone else.
Their vision is to put a book in every hand and build an active network of physical and digital creative communities to strengthen the pillars of knowledge. Three major verticals where they operate are capacity building, career mapping and building technology. They upskill the creative workforce through workshops and connect them with curated opportunities through an online portal. Think of it as a one-stop-shop for all the publishing needs.

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Endorsers that Daastan partner with


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

As the United Nations lead agency on international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. UNDP help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP’s work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience. In Asia and the Pacific, covering 36 countries and territories, UNDP is a trusted adviser and a ‘development partner’ of choice for governments across the region in supporting the localization and achievement of SDGs.

On-going/Past projects


By Daastan

Qissa is Pakistan’s premier book publishing platform which helps aspiring authors to publish and sell their work globally.

Arts and Culture, Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation