International Development Exchange (Idex)

Rating: 4.98 stars   46 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, International, Philanthropy, Women, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 333 Valencia Street, Suite 250 San Francisco CA 94103 USA

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.
Results: 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. For more information, www.idex.org
Target demographics: Indigenous communities, predominantly women and youth, and the grassroots, locally led organizations that serve them in Asia, Africa and Latin America
Geographic areas served: International - Guatemala, India, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Programs: Women's Empowerment, Building Local Economies, Caring for the Environment
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 77-0071852
415-824-8384
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Rating: 5 stars  

In the past many decades, humanitarian aid has saved many lives in a greater scale during emergencies caused by man made and natural disasters. Many good organizations, governments, and many individuals have dedicated their time and resources to assist communities with chronic problems. In these decades, we also witnessed social unrest, the severity of poverty, social and justice inequalities, environmental crises, the creation of urban slumps, population growth, many unjust wars, tribal conflicts, religious intolerance, border conflicts, and the expansion of HIV/AIDS, tropical diseases, frequent droughts, and natural disasters possibly caused by global warming. All can become worst if we continue neglecting the importance of empowering locals, and partnering with them shaping up their own destinies. IDEX seems to be in the right path providing basic solutions for bigger problems.

What made IDEX’s work very effective is the organization’s approach seeking local solutions through partnerships with grassroots organizations. I attended one of IDEX’s communities building initiative event in San Francisco, and I had a pleasure meeting, and discussing with community representatives from South Africa, Mali and Brazil. That evening, I went home knowing that there are organizations like IDEX genuinely caring with unweaving convictions to bring local solutions for sustainable development, and for social and economic justice. I would hope there methodology will be become infectious throughout the world. I believe every individual has a potential to contribute to the goodness of humanity. IDEX is bringing sustainable solutions one village at a time. I am extremely motivated by IDEX’s work and I feel very proud knowing that there are genuine organizations like IDEX.

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IDEX is doing such wonderful work to make the world a better place by partnering with effective organizations already in place.

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IDEX is doing great work at the grassroots level to improve the quality of life globally.

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IDEX works for the human rights of indigenous communities around the world - and they have an amazing track record doing so. What sets them apart from most corporatist, market-based international development organizations is IDEX's tremendous amount of respect for local communities self-determination, agency, wisdom and power. They are not trying to make the developing world into the capitalist vision of the world, they are trying to let developing countries create their own vision of the world.

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I lived and worked in the Mexican state where IDEX has a program helping women and, by extension, their families and communities. It's remarkable how much more impact a thoughtful well-run program has than one that's concerned with boosting numbers and reaching goals that look good to administrators back home. IDEX has superb administration and operation, at all levels, and it shows in the quality and impact of its programs.

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2011

 
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Index fuels dreams!!! Additionally, staff work to provide its community the "know how" and essential resources to support each client/partners project toward success.

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2009

 
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IDEX solves problems through targeting complex problems with solutions grown locally from the ground level. It is this kind of development that promotes the organic growth of regions and builds an economy and social structure that is owned by those who belong to it. Cheers to IDEX!

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2012

 
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IDEX is a great organization serving the cause of social justice. Their programs fight poverty, empower women and protect the environment in the places where it is most needed. IDEX does an amazing job of finding development orgs at the grassroots and supporting their growth. Highly recommended.

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2012

 
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