It was in 2000 that a group of development professionals
came together, their complementary strengths integrating
into a joint endeavor - the Foundation
for Development Initiative (FDI) - a national
organization, addressing a broad
spectrum of development issues afflicting the country.
FDI has since then grown into a consortium of individuals,
organisations and businesses working towards the holistic
development of people and communities, with the focus
on improving living conditions and opportunities for
FDI came into existence, based on the felt need that
development initiatives often do not reach the poorest
of poor villages and communities.FDI seeks to reach
people without access to services and resources, complementing
but not substituting the efforts of government and other
FDI envisages a society, which is economically productive, socially equitable, environmentally sound, culturally vibrant and truly democratic.
One of FDI's foremost goals in the development process
is the creation of "enabling environments", through
fostering public private partnerships, capacity enhancement
of stakeholders and advocacy & lobbying with the governments.
FDI's mission is to coordinate an integrated approach
to development, by assembling under a single umbrella,
and forming collaborations with the grass-root organisations,
communities, businesses and individuals working in the
FDI supports multi-pronged intervention strategies
and programmes aimed at impacting the society on the
one hand and the system on the other.
Since 80% of India's population lives in the rural
areas, FDI's strategy is to impact the rural communities,
bringing about rural growth and empowerment through
the adoption of the following concurrent methodologies:
of sustainable livelihoods opportunities,
with emphasis on environmental conservation and
promotion of traditional skills
of local needs & problems and Determination
of local resource endowments
of rural entrepreneurship and creation of rural
employment opportunities in partnership with local
Promotion of Organic Farming, Agricultural Processing
& Rural Crafts.
of markets & other support systems.
up community-based rural business hubs, which will
make available services relevant to rural businesses
such as information, extension, training, technology
transfer, storage, credit and market support.
of ICT as a tool for knowledge management &
||Setting up of an
online integrated information system, with interactive
channels, for sharing information on products, markets
and technology as well as on other rural and social
services available, such as health & education
facilities, government schemes for rural employment,
Although the emphasis of FDI's work is at the individual
level, sustaining the work of the organisation needs
an enabling environment that permits the poor to break
out of the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. To this
end, FDI endeavours to bring about change at the national
and global policy levels on poverty alleviation and
social progress. FDI is committed to making its programmes
socially, financially and environmentally sustainable,
using new methods and improved technologies.
In order to realize its vision, wherever necessary, FDI welcomes partnerships with the community, like-minded organisations, governmental institutions and the private sector both at home and abroad.
- Institutional Learning
- Gender Sensitivity
- Environmental Sustainability
- Development partnership
- Innovation and Excellence
- Collaboration and Enabling