The Institute for Global Development (IGD) is a company Registered under Section 25 of Companies Registration Act 1956 of Republic of India and was incorporated in 2008. IGD believes in enabling self-reliance and is committed to working on issues affecting the poor and marginalised with a special focus on women and children. At IGD we focus on encouraging preventive health, balanced nutrition and child developmental practices in underprivileged communities. To achieve this we adopt a holistic approach, by embracing, educating and empowering mothers and children in their social environment.
We believe that health and well-being can be best addressed when all three aspects – behaviours, systems and social determinants are addressed together. We recognise that the challenges to well-being are not only limited to health, and hence need to address the key enablers e.g. education, in an integrated way. The need is to focus on outcomes and scale with high quality.
IGD has a support of MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child, which is a society registered under society registration act 1856 in Delhi, which specializes in promoting health resources particularly in respect of children and young people belonging to the vulnerable segments of the population. Since its inception in 1990, MAMTA has embarked on initiatives focusing on building capacities, forging partnerships, creating networks and actions that advance political commitment and investment in health and rights of the marginalized.
MAMTA has promoted strategic solutions, policies and programming, research and global learning in the fields of Maternal Newborn Child Health and Nutrition, Young People’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV, TB and Non Communicable Diseases, with special focus on promoting rights, gender equality and equity.
Today, MAMTA mobilizes community, strengthens health systems, networks and conducts policy level advocacy in close partnership with the government and public health systems, civil societies, academic institutions, corporate sector and community at large. MAMTA also serves South and South East Asia region as a technical support in addressing health and development issues.
Organisation’s Vision and Mission
“Working together in building a world that is healthy, just, equitable and inclusive”
“To empower the underserved and marginalized individuals and community through gender sensitive participatory processes for achieving optimal and sustainable health and development”
Organisational Motivations and Values
The very birth of the Institute for Global Development can be attributed to a few likeminded people who were motivated to come with Primary Health Care when they witnessed the need for basic health initiatives across the length and breadth of the country. Today, the Institute finds its presence across various states in Northern India where people are deprived of Primary Health Care to add to the existing Primary Health Centres of the government of India.
The core values that the Institute maintain are: Innovation, Collaboration, Caring, Integrity and Accountability
Geographical locations of work : The Geographical locations of work include six Northern Indian states which includes, :
- Himachal Pradesh
- Madhya Pradesh
Organisational Structure (Board, Management and Team)
IGD is a dynamic, diverse, and gender sensitive organization that functions on the principles of transparency, accountability and good governance. Its system driven processes provide scope for personal and professional growth and development. It maintains financial and systemic transparency as strong pillars of good governance, not just in the field of development but also as an institution.
IGD activities are supervised by Board of Directors
Target beneficiary composition:
Target beneficiary consists of general population of the area of intervention with special emphasis on Pregnant and lactating mothers, women’s group, children and adolescents.
Systemic problems affecting the target populations :
Problems faced by the target population before the intervention of the Institute for Global Development three years back were poor maternal and child health, lack of institutional delivery and comparatively lower level of complete immunisation.
Social issues included Gender inequality, early marriage and equal access to economic opportunities for women.
Key area(s) of intervention : Education and Health
To empower the community through bridging the information gap and to inculcate leadership through involvement of community.
Working with pregnant and lactating mothers on ANC and PNC care. Regular check-up and in-take of iron and folic acid. Emphasizing on institutional delivery, breastfeeding and complete immunization.
Conducting regular capacity building meetings with ASHAs, ANMs and AWWs, group formation of women and girls of various age group and conducting orientation sessions for each group, working on health and hygiene aspect.
Areas of convergence with government schemes:
There are a number of areas where our work is in synergy with the government schemes. Working at par and trying to augment the capacities of government functionaries:
In education domain: from Teacher and Administrators to Policy makers
In health domain: from front-line functionaries like ASHAs, ANMs, AWWs to service providers like medical officers, Panchayat Raj leaders etc.
We aim to to work at par with government machinery reaching up to the population which are being left untouched by the state heads owing to various factors like huge population, difficult terrain etc.
Organisation’s Theory of Change :
Institute for Global Development identifies long-term goals in its area of intervention and then map backward to recognize the necessary preconditions required to address the goal. It works on the possible incremental steps to be taken in synergy with the various schemes and policies of Government of India.