History of the FSD Organisation

  1. 1. The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) is a secular organisation, which was established in the year of September 2004 by the professional social workers for exploring socio-economic development opportunities of the weaker sections of the society with the support of government and non-government institutions. Since its inception, the projects and activities are executed towards people-centred, ecologically sustainable and towards just society that protects dignity, equality, liberty, and human rights for all with prime focus on vulnerable tribal communities in southern state of India.

  2. 2. The work of the organisation is noticeable in the States of Tamilnadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Karnataka Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh State.  The organisation is reaching to 3672 villages in 51 districts by empowering the weaker sections in socio-economic and educational field for establishing public justice system as per the legal provisions of the constitution of India. The organisation is networking with various civil society organisations, government departments, community level associations, and with media through collaborative efforts of the National Adivasi Solidarity Council for creating differences in living conditions of the poorest of the poor.

  3. 3. During the past, the FSD organisation have implemented many programs and activities for the development of indigenous communities, conservation of environment, preservation of traditional medicinal knowledge, promotion of child rights and protection of labour rights, implementation of pro-poor legislations, as well as created many sustainable models in various locations with peoples’ participation.

  4. 4. The FSD organisation is adopting strong values in maintaining accountability, transparency and conducting periodical review on the functions, monitoring as well as evaluation of the project activities including the finances. FSD has policies such as Child protection policy, equal employment opportunities and action against discriminations, finance management policy, procurement policy, gender equality policy, staff welfare policy and protection policy.

  5. 5. The Administration Office of the FSD organisation is in No; 172, J. K. Farmhouse, Veerangkuppam village, about seven kilometres from Ambur bus-stand, 52 kms from Vellore Town, west of Chennai (187 kms) towards Bangalore in Tamilnadu State. The centre and the projects are managed by the professionally qualified team members. The centre includes staff and director room, documentation room, meeting hall along with fruits, medicinal plants, and tree nursery with communication support service. The branch office of the FSD organisation is located at Hyderabad in Telangana State, Kalpetta in Wayanad district of Kerala State and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh State and at Polacherry in Chennai, Tamil Nadu State. 

  6. 6. FSD is now collaborating with multiple stakeholders in different states. We have linkages with 226 community development organisations in 21 States –especially we have contacts in Tamilnadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Utter Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, Manipur, West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and FSD is networking in these States. Focus is towards protection of tribal rights with laws and promotion of labour welfare for sustainable future.

  7. 7. FSD is helped for building community-based institutions for sustaining the progress. In this process, till now we have facilitated for more than 2358 self-help groups (SHGs), 76 Peoples Welfare Committees (PWCs), 12 Released Bonded Labour Associations (RBLAs), 9846 Forest Rights Committees (FRCs), 3483 Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and networking with various dalits, adivasi and labour associations.

  8. 8. Since 2004, we have reached out to 3672 villages in 51 districts across South India through adivasi council –covering Tamilnadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka States. Our work is benefiting over 27,35,640 people today with the ultimate objective of peoples’ empowerment for sustainable development with inclusive approach.

  9. 9. We have raised funds from national and international agencies for implementing various programs and the FSD management is thankful to all the supporters. The list includes Oxfam Australia, Community Aid Abroad, Ford Foundation, Australian Aid, International Justice Mission, Swelect Energy Ltd, National Advocacy Council for Development of Indigenous People, Peoples Rural Education Movement, Milaap Crowdfunding for India, Rice Bucket Challenge Trust, IProbono and various individuals. FSD is recognising the role of board members, network organisations, volunteers, government officials and village community leaders for their sincere efforts in implementing all these projects for greater results.