Professor Fokhrul Islam Foundation, now known as PFI Foundation, was established in 1991. It was later registered as a legal entity in 1993 under Indian law. It started its humble activities on a very small scale from a village called Berenga in Cachar district of Assam (India). Its initial activities were limited to the personal donation of its core members but later on, government agencies and departments started sanctioning projects under various schemes. Between 2000 and 2003, the Foundation started working on African countries and developed a project on disabled children in Ethiopia. The project was appreciated at The World Bank’s Development Marketplace Competition (2003).
In 2007, the foundation re‐organized its Executive Board and relocated its HQ to the state’s capital city of Guwahati for efficient and effective execution of its operations. It prioritized its activities under a strategic reform and repositioned the Foundation to deliver on its commitment to the long term mission and vision. Since then it has started working in partnerships with the UN and other international organizations. Its activities focused on women, youth, and disadvantaged communities. Its thematic areas are poverty reduction, MDGs, Health Services, Education, Employment and Training. In 2009, it added interfaith dialogues, multiculturalism and conflict resolution to its key areas of activities.
The Foundation seeks the active participation of governments, donors, development banks, United Nations (UN) agencies, non‐governmental organizations (NGOs),
disabled people’s organizations (DPOs), foundations, multinational corporations, civil society organizations (CSOs), universities and research institutes, and other consortia and enterprises in developing countries to work together to identify, assess, and evaluate various strategies and institutional approaches to mainstreaming disability and people with disabilities in economic and social development.