Changing lives for the better

From The CEO’s Desk

Ms. Shaifalika Panda CEO, BIPF

Every single life has the potential to flourish if given equal access to quality health facilities; education; skills; livelihood opportunities and clean-living environments. We believe that, if we continue to follow this approach we will succeed in sustainably transforming individual lives and have a cascading impact on communities in Odisha. But how does this collective vision translate into interventions on the ground where the work has to be carried out. How do we approach it; achieve results? How do we respond to changing on-ground realities while following global best practices? How do we localize global solutions? How do we scale programs; measure impact?

Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation carries out its work at the edge of this frontier – transformational yet challenging.

The foundation's approach has been built on the invaluable lessons learned from the decades of community work carried out by Bansidhar & Ila Panda since the 1960s; and IMFA’s project management approach which is time-bound and results-oriented. Some cornerstone principles are:

Collaboration/Collective Effort - No single organization can bring scalable change. Partnerships with governments, corporations, international bodies will be necessary to drive better design, enhanced interventions, and superior results.

Community Ownership - To drive long-term sustainability of any program – it is necessary to embed community ownership within projects. Even the smallest investment from program participants – in terms of financial resources, ideas, and engagement – has a huge impact on the long-term sustainability and success of the program.

Holistic Transformation – Global development literature shows and learnings from India confirm that the development interventions have to be holistic to be sustainable. Education without health or health without water is not possible, thus in our areas of operation we implement holistic interventions to drive long-term change.

Women-Centered Programs & Mindset Change - Empowered women have a multiplier and intergenerational impact on their families and the community. Once women receive basic education and livelihood skills which enable them to demonstrate income generation capabilities, they alter the mindset of everyone in their eco-system, catalyzing choices in favor of equality, education, health, and self-reliance. Across all our verticals, thus, we have a special focus on enabling and empowering women.

We are here to build long -term partnerships, learn and share our experiences, and relentlessly execute programs. Our approach is a transparent and an accountable one. We believe that, if we continue to follow this approach we will succeed in sustainably transforming individual lives – having a cascading impact on communities in Odisha.

- Shaifalika Panda
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