Our Values

  • To empower the poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities to combat poverty, exclusion and discrimination
  • To engage with children, youth and women to build their knowledge, skills and abilities to attain their aspirations
  • To form, build and strengthen partnerships with civil society organisations (CSOs) and Community based organisations (CBOs) to implement various development programmes
  • To engage and build partnerships with multiple stakeholders, including central, state and local Governments, multilateral and bilateral agencies, private sector and philanthropy institutions to address various development and humanitarian challenges
  • To respond to disaster – provide and assist poor and vulnerable communities with appropriate humanitarian and emergency response
  • To care for the environment, promote sustainable, resilient livelihoods and renewable energy practices with an aim to adapt and mitigate climate change

In order to achieve our vision, we work with communities and empower them to access their rights and entitlements, have access to equal opportunities and live with dignity and respect. We work with a range of partners, community organization and stakeholders to ensure the poorest and most marginalised communities are reached.

PHIA Foundation’s vision is a society free from poverty, exclusion and discrimination and all people living with justice, peace and dignity.

Values And Beliefs

Dignity
We believe in equality for all and in the innate dignity of every individual. We understand that this requires empathy, particularly while working with and for the poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities. Solidarity, honesty and respect are central to our functioning.
Justice
We recognise the value of advocacy in bringing about structural causes that perpetuate poverty and inequalities. In addition to emergency response for immediate human need, we believe in empowering individuals and communities to combat injustice with courage, determination and hope.
Sustainability
Sustainability is a core idea of our work; both in terms of what we do and how we do it. Our work is rooted in a spirit of cooperation and partnership with multiple stakeholders in order to build capacity, leadership and agency of civil society and community-based organisations (CSOs and CBOs).
Accountability
We believe in promoting upward and downward accountability and transparency and strive towards enabling communities for effective participation in governance at all levels. To engage with the state with evidence-based advocacy for effective implementation of national development goals and sustainable development goals (UN – SDGs).

Why We’re Different

Dignity for All
PHIA Foundation strives to expand the meaning of poverty to recognise the non-economic drivers of poverty such as established social norms, beliefs and attitudes around gender, caste, class, ethnicity, religion, colour, culture and physical abilities. These result in variations in intensity and scale of poverty of specific groups which face multiple disadvantages, women and children being the most affected.

Although there has been some progress through positive government and public sector actions to address discrimination, much remains to be desired in terms of changes in attitude and practice.

Amid a culture of impunity, excluded groups are often faced with serious backlash, human rights violations, and increasing atrocities when they attempt to access their rights; new forms of exclusion and hostility towards these communities nullify the spirit of any gains made.

PHIA Foundation thus seeks to promote not only inclusive and non-discriminatory growth but also social justice and dignity for all.

Key Development Concerns

Access to basic services

Universal access to basic and essential services – quality education, clean drinking water and sanitation, affordable healthcare, and housing – continues to present a huge challenge and is a priority

Implementation of Rights

Although The Constitution of India provides for a number of rights such as the Right to Education, Right to Food, Protection in Employment, Right to Information etc, alongside a commitment of the Indian state to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is a need to bridge the gap in effective implementation of these rights and entitlements of poorest communities.