International Development Partnerships (IDP), a UK registered charity, works to relieve the causes and effects of poverty, suffering and distress among Ethiopia's most disadvantaged communities. Our main aim is to improve people's access to health, education, food security, clean water and economic development by strengthening and enhancing the effectiveness of local institutional capacity.
In doing so, we take a ‘multi-sectoral' approach to addressing the needs of vulnerable people, in the belief that improvements in health care, for example, will be of little value in the long term without corresponding improvements in sanitation, education, food security, etc.
Rather than working across a number of countries, IDP works only in Ethiopia and seeks to address the various needs of communities under stress. Having acquired charity status in Ethiopia, IDP now operates under a tripartite agreement with the country's Ministry of Health and the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Agency (DPPA).
We work with local commuities, civil society organisations and government authorities to improve access to services normally outside the reach of rural villagers.
As a small charity, we strive to keep core operating costs to a minimum, hence we employ no paid staff in the UK, as our work is undertaken by experienced professional volunteers. In Ethiopia, we work through our local Country Representative and his team who implement projects on our behalf. No money is spent on professional fundraisers.