In our fight against poverty, we recognize the need to provide resources that can accelerate development. However, a lack of resources is far from the only barrier.
Poverty is deep-rooted and goes beyond material deprivation. After years of social oppression and marginalization, many poor Indians have resigned themselves to a life of destitution. A critical part of the solution lies in helping them realize their power to change and improve their lives. We believe that local people alone are the best equipped to effectively address this need.
Thus, IDRF joins hands with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to empower impoverished people with resources, skills and confidence.
The IDRF Approach
IDRF’s evaluation and monitoring processes ensure grants are awarded to only those NGOs that meet the following criteria:
- Managed by dedicated people with low administrative overhead
- Demonstrate past success
- Maintain accountability and comply with Indian law
- Serve people regardless of religion, sect or caste
Furthermore, IDRF disburses funds to these NGOs on a project basis, channeling donors’ money for the most meaningful use. Nearly every project is co-financed by the local NGO together with the beneficiaries, with the ultimate goal of being entirely self-supporting.
Why fund local NGOs?
First, they understand the complex social, cultural, and economic issues – especially critical in a diverse country like India
Second, they have drastically lower administrative overhead than foreign-run programs – which means donors’ money goes much further.
Third, these organizations nurture local rural and tribal cultures. Their operations are progressive yet rooted in the values of the people and the place.
Last and the Most Crucial, this approach inculcates self-governance and encourages community service among local people – a key factor in creating a lasting change.