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 i) Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms
     under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860
S-1551 (111)/93
 ii) NGO Affairs Bureau
 iii) Microcredit Regulatory Authority

To make Bangladesh poverty free.


Combating poverty in the impassable hilly regions and other un-served areas of Bangladesh in order to create a poverty free Bangladesh.


The main objective of IDF is to assist the poor, the landless, the destitute women and children, small farmers and disabled persons in order to enable them to gain access to resources and undertake various income generating and other activities for poverty alleviation and enhancing quality of life in terms of health, nutrition, sanitation, education, safe water, housing, environment through building effective institutions of their own, which they can understand and operate and can find socio-economic strength in it through mutual support.


Integrated Development Foundation is a non-profit non-government organization established in December 1992 at the initiative of Mr. Zahirul Alam, a former ILO expert and close associate of Professor Muhammad Yunus, the eminent economist and founder of Grameen Model of Micro-finance, to work for the poor people of mainly backward, difficult and un-served areas of Bangladesh.

IDF started its journey with Micro-finance program for the poor tribal of Chittagong Hill Tracts in October 1993.

Chittagong Hill Tracts is a very remote, difficult, impassable and politically unstable area located in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh inhabited by 13 different very poor tribes with different languages and cultures.

The people of Chittagong Hill Tracts are very poor and they live mainly on Jhum cultivation and bamboo and wood cutting which are main causes of deforestation and soil erosion in the Hill Tracts. Most people live in absolute poverty. In spite of all efforts of the government, the people of Chittagong Hill Tracts still lack access to various services such as credit, agricultural inputs and extension services, medical facilities, safe drinking water etc. This is mainly because of i) scattered population, ii) poor communication system, iii) conservativeness of the tribal people and iv) political problem. The language barrier further aggravates the situation.

IDF initially selected Chittagong hill tracts as its operational area mainly because the poor people of CHT lacked access to institutional or informal sources of credit, and a very high rate of interest ranging from 250%-1000%. The asset-less poor people do not have access even to informal sources of credit. Most small farmers who took credit from informal sources (money lenders) ended up as landless.

The success of the poverty alleviation interventions of IDF immediately attracted the poor people of surrounding areas and they started coming to IDF to be included in IDF poverty alleviation programs. Gradually IDF expanded its programs for the poor people of other remote and un-served areas of Chittagong Division. IDF has a vision to reach every poor people of Bangladesh with this success and make Bangladesh poverty free.

The commitment and success of IDF to work for the extreme poor people of hilly, remote and backward areas have been recognized by development agencies both in country and abroad, and they come forward to support IDF’s poverty alleviation interventions. Grameen Trust is the first to join IDF afterwards followed by Sida, PKSF, HKI, ILO, AusAID, CARE Bangladesh, UNCDF, UNICEF, USAID, IDCOL, Government of Bangladesh (Ministries & Departments), Basic Bank and other organizations at home as well as Grameen Foundation USA, Deutsche Bank and Cow Bank Australia from abroad to fight against poverty and promote socio-economic development in the CHT and other un-served areas of Bangladesh.