About Us

About Institute of Social Development (ISD)

Institute of Social Development (ISD) is a non-governmental organization based in Kandy Sri Lanka, established in order to empower the marginalized and discriminated Plantation community. ISD was founded in 1991 by a group of activists who initiated a dialogue on measuring the impact of development activities implemented by various sectors including the government and NGOs in the previous decade. The findings indicated that there has been no major quantitative change in the lives of the plantation community.

The group concluded that unless the marginalized communities are not empowered to demand their own development and rights, development activities imposed from the outside will not be sustainable. Thus the ISD was formed to cater to this requirement. For the last two decades, ISD executed various programmes on awareness rising and capacity building in order to empower the marginalized plantation community.

At the present, ISD is involved in sensitizing and advocating the Plantation community in varied aspects mainly on labour, gender and human rights while advocating the trade unions, civil society organizations and the policy makers on the inclusion into the local government and national programmes. With its long history on community level awareness creation and advocating with the policy makers, the ISD also works on promoting UTZ tea certification in Sri Lanka in order to sustain the tea industry by emphasizing on corporate social responsibility.

Vision and Mission

In 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".

"To empower the marginalized plantation community to demand and defend fundamental human, labour, gender and other rights".
The organization consists of a General Council and a Board of Directors. The General council consists of founder members, professionals, expertise and worker representatives. The General Council possesses the authority to elect the Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of 7 members including the Executive Director of the institution.

Following are the names of the current Board of Directors:

  • Mr. P Muthulingam (Director, Institute of Social Development)
  • Mr. G.W.S. Wijesinghe (Activist)
  • Ms. V. Amuthavally (Teacher)
  • Prof. S. Seneviratne (Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Archeology, University of Peradeniya)
  • Ms. R. Renuka (Teacher)
  • Ms. Gowry Palaniappan (Researcher)
  • Mr. R. Thangavelu (General Secretary, Ceylon National Workers' Congress)
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