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Our History

The Beginning (1950-70)

Year 1959: Catholic Bishops of the then West Germany launched MISEREOR campaign against Hunger and Disease in the World

Year 1961: The Indo-German Social Service Society (IGSSS) was registered on May 09 under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860

Year 1961-64: Worked as a financial exchange: received and disbursed funds according to the directions given by MISEREOR

Year 1965: Became the de jure donor of the grants sanctioned for projects in India

Year 1968: The Indo-German Bilateral Agreement was signed in New Delhi on July 24, 1968 under which MISEREOR, through BEGECA, became an approved donor organization and IGSSS an approved recipient agency

Autonomy Initiated (1971-80)

Year 1973: The constitution of IGSSS was amended to give it more autonomy

Year 1974: “The Great Concern” a 12 page quarterly development news bulletin was published

Year 1975: “Great Concern for Development” – a Fifteen Year Commemorative Brochure 1960-1975 was brought out

Year 1978: Undertook rural reconstruction work and gave support to projects that provided relief and rehabilitation, and also granted scholarships

Year 1979: Assisted Dioceses and other Church-related agencies in India

Year 1980: On March 29, the new office building of IGSSS at 28 Lodi Road Institutional Area was blessed and the office shifted to the new premises subsequently

Towards New Possibilities (1981-90)

Year 1981: Projects in the areas of food production, health care and education, vocational training, employment, rural development, small industry and community development were included within the IGSSS purview

Year 1985: The SMILE (Student Mobilization Initiative for Learning) programme was launched

Year 1986: Awareness, Training and Motivation for Action (ATMA) was conceptualized for self-determination of the poor. During the Silver Jubilee Year an in-house organizational analysis was conducted to critically analyze performance and suggest measures to improve functional activities

Year 1990: The Trusteeship function hitherto being carried out on behalf of MISEREOR was discontinued.

 A Step Forward (1991-2000)

Year 1992: Five Regional Offices, North, South, West, East and Northeast, were proposed with a view to regionalize and decentralize functions

Year 1997: The completion report for the residual projects was forwarded to MISEREOR and with this, the pending work of IGSSS as Trustee of MISEREOR finally ended in June 1997.

A New Leaf (2001-10)

Year 2002-03: National Integrated Empowerment Programme (NIEP) was crystallized and operational by integrating NSPs, DSF and new Lump sum Scholarship Programme. IGSSS by now had started moving towards a rights-based approach in all its programmes.

Year 2004-05: Changes in the organizational structure and there was a revision of Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations of the Society. IGSSS changed its name to Indo-Global Social Service Society recognizing the relationship with other global donors along with the partnership with MISEREOR. Empowerment being the focus IGSSS started working on Five Core Issues – Sustainable Livelihood, Human Rights, Governance, Health and Disaster Mitigation…

Year 2006: IGSSS won the prestigious Golden Peacock Award for Philanthropy in Emerging Economies

Year 2008: Took up networking initiatives with Government Officials, NGOs, institutions and individuals to address the growing problems of the urban poor. PEARL-People’s Empowerment for Accessing Rights to Livelihood was launched which supported 52 non-government organizations in 15 states of India, reaching out to 1, 00,000 poor and marginalized families and 10,000 youth.

Year 2010: A memorandum listing a charter of demands was submitted to the Chief Minister of Delhi, President of the Congress party and the Minister of Urban Poverty. This served as a build up for the CityMakers winter campaign in 2010. IGSSS’ Urban Poverty initiative achieved success when the Honorable Supreme Court of India used an IGSSS study on the homeless in Delhi and ordered for night shelters in all states, on the criteria of one shelter per one lakh population (as stated in the Master Plan of Delhi, 2021).