Our Vision and Mission
Our vision is to improve the pace of rural development and reduce poverty in rural areas.
Our mision is "to provide the communities with a means to gain successful employment in all possible sectors reversing the urban migration and to train rural youths on the ‘appropriate’ ‘skills’. Our special focus is on “Interfaith Dialogues and Discourse of Peace”. We are actively involved in promoting strategies for an ongoing reform process in faith-based educational institutions in South Asia. PFI Foundation is working on the interfaith/intercultural understanding across South Asia for more than a decade now. Its Executive Board reflects all the major religions /cultures. It has already worked with major regional organisations in this field like SEAMEO/SPAFA (Bangkok) and created a strong group of community contacts across the region. It has a record of motivating and bringing together for the first time more than 70 Muslim faith-based schools in northeast India (March 2007) to modernize and reform their institutional roles in a democratic civil society issues. Until then, these institutions were refusing any such ‘secular’ and ‘civil society’ interventions as they see these as ‘western’ attempts to ‘interfere’ in ‘matters of faith’.
Programs in Focus
Lok Sabha Research
Disability Mainstreaming in Legislative Processes in India
PFI Foundation's lead researcher Prof Dinesh Sharma has been awarded the prestigious Lok Sabha research fellowship to study the legislative and policy making processes that have been witnessed by Lok Sabha since independence and find out the ways they have adopted, promoted or responded to mainstreaming of disability issues within their law making agenda. The two year project will try to find out how the law-making process in Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) engage with the issue of disability.
Development of a Foundation Course on Interreligious Dialogue for Faith-Based Schools in India
The project aims to develop a basic training course on interreligious dialogue (IRD) for the Madrassas in India through a joint consultative process among various faith-based educational institutions. Through a participatory action research process involving different faith based schools a model IRD curriculum is prepared and piloted in a few Madrassas. In the long run, the project envisages adoption of the IRD Foundation Course by the state government and Directorate of Madrassa Education for implementation among the 600+ state funded Madrassas in Assam (India).
The project is sponsored by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, globally known as KAICIID Dialogue Centre, Vienna and led by Dr Baharul Islam, who was selected as a KAICIID International Fellow in 2016.
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Partners in Development
The Foundation works in close partnerships with governments, donors and other international organisations
Since its inception in 1991, PFI Foundation has built a strong network of partnerships with governments, development banks, United Nations agencies, non‐governmental organizations (NGOs), community based people’s organizations (CBO), donor agencies, corporates, civil society organizations (CSOs), universities and research institutes, and other consortia and enterprises. Foundation works together with its partners to identify, assess, and evaluate various strategies and institutional approaches economic and social development.
PFI Foundation worked on various projects with following:
Action Aid, India
Development Gateway (USA)
The British High Commission, New Delhi
KAICIID Centre, Vienna
US India Policy Institute, Washington DC
National Commission for Women, India
US Public Affairs Office, New Delhi
National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
The organization has been granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, UN since 2012.