About Us

IGD is an independent civil society organization established in 2000 A.D. It promotes initiatives to enhance the rights and entitlements of the citizens, marginalized and discriminated sections of society, by encouraging their participation in the processes of governance for realization of their rights and entitlements. It strives for achievement of equity and justice, focusing on citizen their participation and inclusion, awareness and empowerment.

IGD promotes learning and knowledge building. It applies a multi-pronged approach in creating knowledge. IGD’s interventions aim at promoting active participation of citizens in the effective utilization of resources, use of social opportunities and cultural assets. It engages in strengthening civic institutions and facilitating a network of civil society organizations.

IGD engages a range of stakeholders including academia, media, civil society organizations and government agencies and private sector in its initiatives and provides a platform for a multi-stakeholder collaboration.


IGD’s vision of a world is where relations across individuals and families, communities and nations are characterized by equity and justice. IGD believes in justice as a cornerstone of such relations in the family, community and society.


  • To work towards promotion of policies, institutions and capacities that strengthen the voice and participation of the poor and the marginalized in defining their relations with state in particular.
  • To work towards strengthening local governance where citizens engage in promoting accountability, transparency and effective institutions to deliver services.
  • To work towards mainstreaming participation of Dalits, Women and Janjaties in governance and development.

IGD Values

Human values shape our organizational culture. IGD, therefore, has articulated an eight-fold path to quality human development and quality organization. These are:

  • Practice hard work, diligence and professionalism.
  • Be communicative, pleasant, friendly, considerate and responsive to each other.
  • Have high sense of selfless service, advocacy and dedication to societal needs, especially those of the weakest among us.
  • Eschew corruption, caste, gender and ethnic discrimination of all forms.
  • Be thrifty and make wise use of resources.
  • Promote team sprit based on active mutual support, individual excellence and innovation.
  • Transform conflicts through positive attitude.
  • Be responsible members of our organization, family, society and nation.


IGD strategic plan for 2008 – 2011 applies a combination of three interlinked strategies of knowledge building, capacity enhancing and policy advocacy in its interventions. It simultaneously operates at three levels – Micro (district), Meso (district) and Macro (national).

1. To develop as an able NGDO and a learning organization

The basic thrust of this objective is to strengthen IGD so that it is institutionally robust to fulfill its vision, mission, goal and values. This entails that IGD develop:

  • Effective leadership and management
  • Fully functioning organization development (OD), basic infrastructure at central and project level
  • Well-equipped office, developed systems and competent staff
  • Adequate finance, endowment fund and capital
  • Well-managed programs and projects
  • Quality assurance and performance standards from staff
  • Effective external public relations maintaining excellent image and reputation
  • Strategic systems thinking developed structure, systems and strategy, leading to sustainability
2. To support and implement programs

Based on it vision and mission, IGD supports and implements various projects such as:

  • Human rights and development
  • Participatory governance and citizenship
  • Conflict transformation & peace building
  • Inclusion and social empowerment
  • Livelihood empowerment
  • Natural resource management
3. To create an enabling environment through coalition building, advocacy and shaping of development policy

IGD joins hands with other CSOs their networks in Nepal, Asia and other regions to deal with prominent development issues such as poverty, governance, human rights, sustainable livelihood, food security, globalization, gender, children, senior citizens, population, environment and building capacity to create an enabling environment and shape crucial policies relevant to its vision, mission and goals.

Core Principles

Following are some of the core principles of IGD that guide the organizational functioning and team spirit:

  • Transparency, integrity and self-discipline
  • Quality
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Flexible working arrangement
  • Reflexivity, readiness to learn and change
  • Sensitivity towards gender and social inclusion
  • Govern through reasoned debate and consensus
  • Minimize power imbalance
  • Be critical but remain pragmatic

Programming Principles

1. Empowerment and Capacity Building

We keep solidarity with citizens. We extend support to their efforts to take control of their own lives and fulfill their rights, responsibilities and aspirations. We ensure that key participants and organizations representing affected people are partners in the designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

2. Partnership/ Networking

We work with like minded organizations to maximize the impact of our programs. We build alliances on a larger scale.

3. Promote Accountability and Responsibility

We seek ways so that poor and marginalized people hold authorities to account.

4. Combat Discriminations

We are committed to address discrimination and the denial of rights based on sex, race, nationality, ethnicity, class, religion, age, physical ability, caste, opinion or sexual orientation.

5.  Non-Violent Conflict Transformations

We promote just and non-violent means for preventing and resolving conflicts at all levels, noting that such conflicts contribute to poverty and the denial of rights.

6.  Sustainable Results

We develop and use approaches that ensure our programs result in lasting and fundamental improvements in the lives of the poor and marginalized with whom we work.

IGD’ Strategic Thrusts

  • Long term programs are balanced with quick impact results.
  • Local partnerships that strengthen application of lessons learned.
  • Field level involvement with long-term investment.

 Focus Areas

  • Participatory governance and citizenship
  • Conflict transformation and peace building
  • Human rights and socio-cultural empowerment
  • Equity, gender and social inclusion
  • Knowledge management and policy advocacy
  • Social learning and transformation
  • Livelihood empowerment
  • Natural Resource Management

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