Institute of Social Development (ISD)
Institute of Social Development (ISD) is a non-governmental organization based in Kandy Sri Lanka, established in 1991 by a group of activists who works in the field of human right, labour, gender, and advocacy. The group initiated a dialogue on measuring the impact of development activities implemented by various sectors including government and NGOs in the plantation sector since 1948. The findings indicated that there have been no major qualitative changes taken place in the lives of the plantation worker community.
The group concluded that unless the marginalized communities are not empowered to demand and defend their ensured rights, outsiders cannot influence them for sustainable change. Thus, ISD executed various awareness programmes to empower the marginalized plantation community.
The programmes focused on inclusion and governance, gender and politics, promotion of peace and harmony, health and education, Environment justice and lobby and advocacy.
Vision and MissionIn the year 2011, we broadened our programmes and as a result, we have changed our vision and mission as:
"Excluded communities and groups mainstream with dignity and equal rights".
"Strengthen the marginalized plantation, rural communities and groups towards sustainable social changes based on democracy, equity, social justice, freedom and peace".
Following are the names of the current Board of Directors:
- Mr. P Muthulingam (Director, Institute of Social Development)
- Mr. U. R. Charles Dayananda(Retired Senior Lecturer)
- Ms. Renuka Rajendran(Teacher)
- Mrs.A. Anantha Kumar(Teacher)
- Mr.S.Muralitharan(National Director, MInistry of Education)
- Mr. K. G. Tilakaratne(Retired government worker)
- Ms.Gowri Palaniyappan(Researcher)
"Women workers of formal and informal sector work in a sexual harassment-free decent work environment by enjoying equal labour rights".
"Mobilize and strengthen the capacity of working women of organized, unorganized, and informal sectors including domestic workers to enjoy ensured labour rights and decent work".