Institute for Development Support is working in more than 150 villages of 12 districts of Uttarakhand and slum area of Delhi in the following areas.

1. Economic Empowerment:The program is focused to promote agriculture & horticulture based livelihood of the local community, training, capacity building, and vocational training to youths on different livelihood options. In addition to this the program is also focused to establish the community based micro finance groups or women SHGs engaged in micro enterprises for their livelihood enhancement. Many trainings and capacity building programs were organized in vegetable farming, bee keeping, dairy development, spices cultivation, mushroom farming, fruit processing, nursery development, poultry, marketing of the products and non farm activities such as re-cycling of waste material and development of products in rural and urban areas.

2. Community based eco tourism:IDS has been engaged in planning, implementation, monitoring and supervision of community based eco tourism activities in Pauri and Dehradun area of Uttarakhand for livelihood enhancement. The key activities performed under the projects are pre feasibility of eco tourism cluster development, identification of suitable villages for tourism development, IEC, formation and management of village tourism development committee, eco development committee, identification of their training need, designed and implementation of training in hospitability management, cooking, bird watching, interpretation, nature guiding, low cost dwelling units, business plan preparation, linkages with parytan swarojgar yojna, development of IEC material and established linkages with marketing agencies.

3. Water & Environment Sanitation:IDS has facilitated planning and implementation of many rural water and environmental sanitation schemes in the villages of Uttarakhand supported under Sector Wide Approach and total sanitation campaign. IDS empowered community based organization particularly village water and sanitation committees to execute safe water supply and sanitation program for sustainable health and hygiene. An innovative, solar lifting water scheme was also constructed to fulfill the need and demand of the villagers. Apart from this, IDS is facilitating construction of household sanitary toilets, school sanitation and environmental sanitation.

4. Gender Empowerment:Under this program, the organization is generating awareness among community members, PRIs, women groups, government officials/institutions, children groups on gender equity and equality. Capacity building training of youth & women on different issues/skills, government law & policies are also the part of the program.

5. Renewable energy for livelihood development:Organization is engaged in implementation of programs that promote clean, green renewable energy to mitigate the adverse impact of climate change. To generate awareness among community members about green energy, IDS has organized several Green techno fairs or exhibition in Uttarakhand. Traditionally watermills have been source of clean energy and mechanical power to grind food grains in Uttarakhand. IDS has also been engaged in installation of model water mill and improvement of traditional water mill for electricity generation as well. The local communities residing nearby the watermill were organized into SHGs for the processing, packaging marketing of watermill processed products for livelihood enhancement.

6. Health Program:IDS has implemented reproductive child health program that include preparation of birth plans, educating & mobilizing mothers for early registration, complete vaccination, IFA distribution, institution delivery and other health & hygiene issues. In addition to this the program is also focused to educate adolescents on reproductive & sexual health, conduction of health camps in remote area, regular school level camps, regular counseling, eradication of female foeticide and treatment of mal-nourished children etc.

7. Natural Resource management:The economy of Uttarakhand is more dependent on natural resources. The condition of the natural resources is deteriorating day by day. Considering the facts, IDS have been regularly engaged in conservation and protection of natural resource through community institution such as van panchayats, PRI, SHGs and Mahila Mangal Dals. The key program organised under the components are formation and strengthening of van panchayats, imparted different capacity building trainings to committee members and villagers, supported to committee members for nursery development, plantation, trenching, construction of ponds and rain water harvesting tanks.