Network and Partnership
IDF believes to work in collaboration and has developed and lead networks to broaden the scale and amplify the effects of thematic interventions. Organisation has been instrumental in formalizing different Networks at State and National levels. It participates in networks with other organizations which have alignment with our mission to ensure better health, security, and well-being for the poorest and most deprived members of rural communities.
IDF is a members of National level network of Voluntary Development organisation, Voluntary Action Network India (VANI). VANI was set up with the mission to promote voluntarism, create space for the sector by fostering value based voluntary action. VANI’s interventions are focused to strengthen the external and internal enabling environment. It works with the government, private sector, bilateral, multilaterals and other stakeholders. IDF has been on its Executive Committee for two terms and has been part of promoting accountability, transparency and building resilience.
IDF is a core member of the Grant Aid Committee for the Government of Bihar, formed under the chairmanship of Development Commissioner Bihar Gov. and Sector heads are members of the core committee.
The Reproductive Health Leadership Network is a group of leaders from different parts of the state who have made a significant contribution in the field of reproductive and child health. They were selected by the Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health (LDM) program of the Institute of International Education for intensive training programs throughout the world to increase their understanding of the sociopolitical and cultural contexts in which they operate, enhance their leadership capabilities, and increase their capacity to address issues relating to population and reproductive health. The goal of LDM is to build a cadre of leaders who can improve the health and lives of women and families in India. Its 165 fellows, the majority of them based in Bihar and Jharkhand, hail from a wide range of organizations and sectors. The Reproductive Health Leadership Network boasts an active e-network, as well as thematic working groups in which fellows actively promote reproductive health issues specific to their regions.
The Bihar Voluntary Health Association (BVHA) is a network of organizations working to achieve good health for all members of society. Among its various activities, BVHA collects baseline data; organizes trainings, workshops, and seminars; and liaises with government officials. BVHA comprises more than 100 member organizations throughout Bihar and an additional 275 affiliated organizations. IDF is an active organisation affiliated to BVHA.
VISWASH is a state-level network of civil society organizations dedicated to working on water, sanitation, and hygiene issues affecting the poor and marginalized communities of Bihar. IDF is a Founder Lead member of Viswash. One of VISWASH core functions is to influence policymakers on these important issues, and in this way, it plays a key role in helping the poor gain access to safe water and sanitation facilities. To maximize its impact, network also works to communicate its message to other organizations through advocacy, programmes and research.
Mission DRR is a network of NGOs working in the area of disaster preparedness, relief, and rehabilitation. It has the following goals: to create a strong network of citizens and civil society organizations in districts of north Bihar that face recurrent flooding; to sensitize policymakers, stakeholders, and civil societies to the devastation caused by flooding and climate change in this region, with special reference to advocacy on behalf of Dalit communities; and to build capacity to address disaster risk reduction and climate change comprehensively at the regional and state levels. IDF was a founding member of this network and continues to play a leadership role.