Associate Partners of FDI:
To achieve sustainable growth of communities, and to
impact a larger number of people, FDI works through
a network of partner organisations. At present, FDI
has a committed member network of more than 100 NGOs
working to improve living conditions and opportunities
for people in different parts of the country. FDI provides
technical assistance to these organisations in the development
and implementation of their programs and in the exchange
of information and resources. FDI has also facilitated
grant making to these organisations through various
Donor Agencies, Businesses and the Government.
The Network partners share common characteristics.
Many initiatives originally came to exist through the
energy, dedication and skill of volunteers and staff
working at the grassroots level. FDI draws upon the
talents of people of all faiths, and works to enhance
the competence of resource people on an ongoing basis.
The different sectors of the Network also share common
principles. Whether in health, education, alternative
livelihoods generation, or cooperatives development,
Network organisations seek to reach people without access
to services, complementing but not substituting the
efforts of government and other providers.
Network agencies function through the participation
of local people at all levels - in defining services
needed, providing them and evaluating their effectiveness.
Their mandates are both urban and rural. FDI has partners
across the country, not only in urban areas but in rural,
often remote, areas. The FDI-Orissa, FDI-West Bengal,
FDI-Bihar and FDI-Sikkim chapters were formally established
in 2004-05. Enabling people in rural areas to create
the services they need and to have access to the opportunities
they want is a particular focus.