A Surprisingly Uncommon Approach
IDEX’s work is about ending poverty – for good. The way we work is surprisingly uncommon. We fund sustainable solutions to poverty conceived in villages and communities around the world. Not in New York, Washington, Geneva, or even San Francisco where IDEX’s office is located.
The Basic Elements:
Local communities need to own the process of economic or social change. Many well-meaning poverty alleviation projects have short-lived results when the ideas and the motivation do not come from the communities themselves.
Local problem solving, leadership, and innovation
Problem solving that reflects the culture, politics, geography, and economy have lasting results. Ideas by locals reflect realities and have the trust of their community members.
IDEX’s work is about ending poverty – for good.
IDEX grantees work on several issues side by side. Why? The problems associated with poverty are intricate. So are the solutions. On a visit to the US, Shashi Tyagi, one of the founders of GRAVIS, was asked why she worked on several issues at once, she responded, “If people do not have potable water, then a health care center can help only so much. If women do not have the right to open a bank account, how can they save or increase their ability to earn? If workers do not have basic rights to shoes, shade and masks, how can they protect their health?”
Work funded by IDEX includes 2 or more of these elements:
IDEX identifies, evaluates, and grows the best ideas from local leaders and organizations to alleviate poverty and injustice around the world. Grants to our international partners come entirely from our network of passionate and engaged supporters. Please donate to IDEX today.