Mission

A celebration in Nepal. Photo: Jan Stürmann

A celebration in Nepal. Photo: Jan Stürmann

Mission

IDEX identifies, evaluates, and grows the best ideas from local leaders and organizations to alleviate poverty and injustice around the world. IDEX connects a passionate and engaged network of supporters to the visionary leaders and organizations creating lasting solutions to their communities’ most pressing challenges.

Vision

  1. Robust civil societies in the global south, with effective Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that are building new, alternative systems & holding governments accountable to ensure systems work for the excluded and marginalized.
  2. CBOs are grounded in local communities, working in alliance regionally to impact national policy change, and mobilize broad public participation globally for justice.
  3. Philanthropy works to serve community-led initiatives through forging learning partnerships with grassroots groups.

Values

  • Courage: Having the strength to confront injustice and inequality
  • Integrity: Living our deeply held values
  • Community: Building authentic relationships for the common good
  • Effectiveness: Achieving the goals of our vision
  • Leadership: Sharing power and learning with all our stakeholders
  • Innovation: Finding and amplifying creative and just solutions

Achievements

Since its founding in 1985, IDEX has supported more than 500 grassroots, community-led projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Annually, IDEX’s partners serve approximately 1.2 million people in impoverished communities, including marginalized women, small farmers, indigenous communities, low-income urban residents, sexual and ethnic minorities, and youth.