Founded in 1993 by a group of young social development professionals, Integrated Development Foundation (IDF) is a Patna-based NGO advocating for social change, with field offices in Bihar and Jharkhand. We have worked for two decades to raise aspirations and improve everyday life for the most marginalized and excluded rural populations.
IDF's mission is to ensure better health, security, and well-being for the poorest and most deprived members of rural communities.
Our vision is an egalitarian society in which all community members can realize their right to a life of quality and dignity. This vision is guided by three operating principles: building local capacity, strengthening community institutions, and fostering community-based leadership. Our key strategies for creating sustainable rural development are using a rights-based approach and leveraging women's empowerment. IDF projects are supported by UN agencies, national and international funders, and state governments. IDF is also the lead member of several state and regional NGO networks.
While our long-term goal is to develop project models that can be replicated by government agencies statewide, IDF has already created a major health education initiative on kala azar (black fever) for the government of Bihar, brought clean water and sanitation to 3,250 rural families, raised individual health standards in deprived rural communities by 40 percent, ensured access to government services for 25,000 families, trained more than 500 women for elected community leadership positions, extended education and delayed the age of marriage for about 7,000 girls, provided micro-loans enabling 3,000 women to start first-time independent businesses, and enabled approximately 5,000 families to prepare to cope effectively with recurrent floods.
Follow-up on all IDF projects is conducted regularly to ensure their continued effectiveness.