promotes lasting solutions to poverty by providing grants to locally run organizations in developing countries. The unique approach that IDEX takes to development work has proved very effective.
The standard approach to development is to set specific goals (e.g. build schools, provide health education, etc.), create plans to achieve those goals, and to seek out communities in which to implement those plans. A common challenge with this approach is that the goals of the organization do not match the immediate goals of the community, and without the community's full support, the goals of the organization are difficult to realize, or may have a limited long term impact on the welfare of the community.
The approach IDEX uses, in contrast, begins with investigating the goals of a particular community, and then providing support to local organizations that are devoted to helping the community achieve it's particular goals, whatever those goals may be.