IFPD is a Swiss Foundation, which was established in Lausanne in 1999 and is presently based in Geneva. Since its creation, IFPD has adopted an integrated development approach including health, education, community infrastructure and income generation. The Foundation now focuses primarily on the promotion of vocational training and social entrepreneurship among youth and women. IFPD is recognized as a not-for-profit organization under Swiss law; donations are tax-deductible.
IFPD implements vocational training and social entrepreneurship programs to support development projects. The Foundation works as a facilitator for the creation of local income generation sources with a view to guiding its beneficiaries towards financial autonomy and ownership of poverty reduction programs in the long term.
IFPD sets up multi-actor alliances to carry out its mission, facilitating synergies between the academic sector for professional training, local community-based organizations with access to the most vulnerable population, and private sector companies for the required social investment.