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Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) is a non-profit organisation working with the mandate for a humane social order based on truth, justice, freedom, and equity. Established in 1960, IGSSS works for the development, capacity building and enlightenment of the vulnerable communities across the country for their effective participation in development. With its presence across India, IGSSS has set its thematic focus on promoting sustainable livelihood, building climate-resilient communities and livelihood systems, energising the youth as changemakers, protecting lives, livelihood and assets from the impact of disasters, and advocating for the rights of urban poor. Gender and Youth are underlining themes across all our interventions. 

Our Reach


States, 2 Union Territories


Districts, 600+ Villages

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Help establish a humane social order based on equity, freedom, and justice in which human rights and the dignity of every individual are upheld. 

To implement and support quality development programs across India to empower individuals and communities belonging to the poor, marginalized & vulnerable sections of the society with a special focus on women and children. 

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Humble Beginnings

In 1960, MISEREOR established Indo-German Social Service Society in response to their campaign against poverty and hunger to support development projects in India. IGSSS got registered as a Society in 1961 and worked as a financial exchange: received and disbursed funds according to the directions given by MISEREOR.

1970s and 80s
Grant Management and Autonomy

Till 1970’s IGSSS acted as grant disbursal agency of the projects in India sanctioned by Misereor. By 80s, we gained autonomy in partners and project selection. On March 29, 1980, the new office building of IGSSS at 28 Institutional Area, Lodi Road was blessed and the office shifted to the new premises subsequently.

Towards New Image and Structures

1990s was a crucial decade for IGSSS as we established our regional structures and launched innovative programs like ATMA (Awareness Training and Motivation for Action) which focused on community mobilization and capacity building and SMILE (Students Mobilisation Initiative for Learning through Exposure) which focused on youth development. 

Thematic Focus and Rights Based Approach

The decade of 2000 gave us a new identity. We became Indo-Global Social Service Society, with a new vision, mission and a strategic plan. Focus moved beyond partner management to building thematic expertise, direct project implementation and establishing project-based structures. During this decade we took our first step in urban poverty programming. In 2006, IGSSS won the prestigious Golden Peacock Award for Philanthropy in Emerging Economies. IGSSS’ Urban Poverty initiative achieved success when the Honourable 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).

Reimagining and Moving Forward

2019 has been a landmark year in shaping what we are today. Post changes in FCRA and the COVID pandemic, IGSSS’ transformation started. In 2020, IGSSS shifted to direct implementation where regional structures were abolished, and state-based implementation structure came into being. With the arrival of COVID-19 pandemic, IGSSS took a massive COVID relief and rehabilitation operation. Presently, IGSSS is moving forward strongly as a direct implementation agency with acknowledged thematic expertise in Rural and Urban development.

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