Independent Development Trust

Quasi non-governmental agency providing funding in South Africa.
Brief Overview
Established in 1990, the Independent Development Trust supplies grants for poverty relief, infrastructure development, and services in the education, housing and welfare sectors. The Board of Trustees of the IDT, comprised of prominent South Africans, was originally funded by a R2 billion (£400 million) grant from the government. The IDT is, therefore, accountable to the South African government, although it is not required to adhere to the policies of the state and is also not associated with private businesses. It is, therefore, classified as a Quasi Non-Governmental Organization (QUANGO) by the World Bank. Since the 1994 transition to a democracy in South Africa, the agency has begun to work closely with the government and the government-owned National Development Agency.
Contact Information
The Independent Development Trust
PO Box 16114
Republic of South Africa
telephone: (+27) 021 423-8030
fax: (+27) 021 423-4512

Stated Goals
The IDT is interested in a people-centered approach that combines the meeting of basic needs with building the skills of poor communities. The IDT works with its partners to alleviate poverty and stabilize communities and is especially interested in projects that will lead eventually to self-sustainability.
Regions of Work
South Africa
Areas of Work
The IDT works in a variety of areas, some of which are listed below:
1. Energy equipment and management resources for rural communities
2. School construction
3. Water and sanitation
4. NGO support
5. Environmental protection
6. Small business development
7. Health services
The IDT describes its main functions to be the harnessing and leveraging resources for communities, program management, and delivery of capacity building. It does this with its grant money from the state, with which it supports NGOs and establishes countrywide programs in a variety of areas.
Examples of Upgrading Project
One such project is the Rural Energy Programme, which began in 1994 with two pilot programs. It received status as a ”presidential lead programme” in 1995, and provincial programs were conducted from 1995 to 1997. The objective of the initiative is to improve health care delivery in rural areas through the provision of appropriate energy sources and equipment to rural clinics. Services have included the following:
  1. Survey of unelectrified clinics and hospitals
  2. Electrification of clinics utilizing solar systems, diesel-electric systems and grid electricity
  3. Upgrading cold chain (vaccine refrigerators) and other equipment
  4. Training users, installers and maintenance staff
  5. Providing information and feedback to policy makers
  6. Analysis of schools’ energy needs

So far, 627 clinics have had their electrical installation, energy supply and equipment upgraded, and over 300 more are in the planning or construction phases. Due to its success, the program is likely to be repeated in the form of a school electrification program with the support of the EU, DME and others.

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