IFPD develops and supports poverty reduction projects in urban slums in South-East Asia. Its projects are aimed at women and youth, in particular girls and young women; they are based on a comprehensive approach including health, education, training and income generation.
In India, on average 1 girl out of 3 aged over 15 years is already married – sometimes since several years and often to a much older man. Consequence: each year, 78,000 Indian women die due to pregnancy and childbirth – 214 per day – mainly because of their physiological immaturity. In general, their babies don't survive.
Through its action in the slums of Delhi and Mumbai, IFPD offers concrete alternatives to early marriage and pregnancies: education, training and income generation help girls and young women to take control over their lives, and increase their chances to break the cycle of poverty.
Two international initiatives underline the importance to fight against early marriage and pregnancies, and to promote education, which is the single best investment countries can make towards building prosperous, healthy and equitable societies: