The Foundation for Innovative Social Development is a national nongovernmental organization in Sri Lanka working towards the upliftment of living standards of local communities. We enlist civil society participation and social mobilization in order to enhance the status of women, to build a healthy environment for children, and to create a society free from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Today, our organization stands out as a pioneering nongovernmental organization in the field of social development. While development has become a main area of concern for many government and nongovernmental organizations, the main focus at present tends to be on physical and infrastucture development. There are limited expertise and programmes concerning social develeopment, an integral part of improving the quality of life of the people, which in turn is a key aspect of development.
Recognizing this need for expertise and programmes in the area of social development, we have identified three key areas of interest and have developed expertise concentrating on these areas, namely, the prevention of drugs and alcohol, the protection and promotion of child rights, and women and development (with particular focus on the prevention of gender based violence).
In addition working with civil society organizations, we facilitate the mobilization of the communities, enabling them to advocate for improvement in these areas. One of the special features of our programmes is that they take an innovative approach based on evidence and research.
The programmes also involve action research by which culture sensitive and scientific approaches are developed suitable not only for the Sri Lankan context but for similar contexts in other developing and developed countries as well. Our approach to social problems pertaining to the aforementioned areas of interest aims at reaching holistic solutions and sustainable results. All three areas are therefore not taken in isolation but rather, cross cutting issues are taken into account so that all programmes work parallel to and support each other simultaneously.
Working in collaboration with other partner organizations is very much a part of our strategy, as it is expected that in addition to yielding more effective results within the communities, such collaboration would be enriching not only to our own organization, but to the other institutions and organizations as well. We work closely with several government and nongovernmental organizations that work towards similar goals providing them with the necessary technical support.
The FISD Head Office at Ethul Kotte, Kotte
Mission of FISD
Our mission is to provide innovative solutions for sustainable social development through meaningful methodologies and practices to stakeholders towards creating a dynamic Civil Society with justice, and equity.
Vision of FISD
To be the Leader among National Non-Governmental Organization in Sri Lanka and a respectable International Partner Organization providing innovative solutions for sustainable social development for a dynamic civil society with justice and equity.