We are a non-governmental not for profit organisation in India. Intercooperation Social Development India (also known as ICSD, IC India) adds value to the development efforts of poor and disadvantaged people and communities, and contributes to continuous improvements of their economic, social and ecological situation. We strive to reduce poverty and socio-economic disparities by enhancing livelihood opportunities through efficient utilization of natural resource and community empowerment, especially that of women.
ICSD has gained experience and competence in development cooperation over the past 30 years. Since 2006, Intercooperation Social Development India has been registered as a Not for Profit Company under Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act. It is registered under Foreign Contribution Registration Act (FCRA).
Intercooperation began its activities in India in 1980s in close cooperation with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). We have facilitated the implementation of partnership programmes of SDC in India. Our programmes spanned over several states of India: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
We have collaborated with governments, parastatals, UN agencies, The World Bank, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), National Dairy Development Board, International Livestock Research Institute, bilateral agencies like SDC and GIZ, various government departments, institutions, corporates and community institutions. We collaborate with HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation through a long term collaboration agreement.
Registered office is set up in Hyderabad (India) with regional office in New Delhi. There are also field offices in Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Kerala.
What do we do
We work on three broad thematic domains:
Services we offer
- Programme management
- Project design and implementation
ICSD has good mix of team members having experience in programme design and implementation, monitoring, baseline studies, impact evaluations, preparation of climate action plans and policy documents, value chain analysis and development, training needs assessment, preparation of modules and training materials and capacity building.
The team has been involved in doing value chain analysis and development in dairy, rice, cashew, horticultural products etc, setting up of enterprises like dairy plants, its management and marketing, setting up of small producer organisations in agriculture and livestock, creating market opportunity for the small and marginal producers by linkage with market, working with multiple stake holders and contribute to productivity enhancement, preparation of action plans on climate change, developing policy and programme documents on adaptation and mitigation to climate change, providing improved community managed water and sanitation systems and working with governments at all levels, research institutes and civil society organizations.
ICSD is also engaged in knowledge management and knowledge sharing in major way. We document all our experiences systematically, harvest good lessons from programme implementation and use positive lessons in future programmes.
We seek to improve the livelihoods of poor and marginalized people through better management of natural resources, addressing climate change related risks and by improving the efficiency of value chains they depend upon through gender sensitive and community centric approaches on local governance.
We capitalise on the 25 years of successful Indo Swiss programme experiences in India to develop innovative solutions for current and future development challenges in India and the South Asia region;
We collaborate with communities, civil society groups, national and international NGOs, government agencies, financial institutions, donor agencies and the private sector and contribute to better development outcomes and for our own self sufficiency.
ICSD’s focus in the next 5 years will be in the three thematic domains of Rural Economy, Climate Change and Environment, and Governance and Social Development. In these working areas ICSD will support projects and programmes, offer advisory services and work on mandates with national and international partners and will be recognized as a regional competence centre.
Within these three thematic domains, our portfolio will comprise projects and mandates on livestock, livelihood and environment (LLE), agriculture value chains, adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction to climate change, policy support for climate change and capacity development of local governance institutions, local governance of water and sanitation, natural resources and service delivery.