Established in 2008, SKOCH Development Foundation is an autonomous, policy-oriented, not for profit policy think tank. The Foundation has been established as a “Not for Profit” Company under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 1956. It does not undertake any commercial activity.
It is recognized by the Government of India as a “Charitable Organization” under Section 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The Foundation also qualifies for exemptions under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
The Foundation ensures transparency, accountability, and adherence to corporate governance norms. Its main focus is empowering the marginalized and making inclusive development a reality by undertaking various research and grassroots intervention projects.
The Foundation lays emphasis on Social, Digital and Financial Inclusion; strengthening of delivery systems and ensuring a transparent, participatory democracy for bringing about a systemic change.
Its founder members have during the past ten years traveled extensively across the country to study, document and promote social, digital and financial inclusion. In the process, knowledge repositories have been created on what works — the best practices — actively engaging all stakeholders from policymakers and civil society to ordinary citizens.