The Independent Commission for People's Rights and Development (ICPRD) was established in mid 1997 to promote and monitor policies and resources for pro-poor development. Since its establishment, the Commission has extensively examined the status of civil society and brought together a cross-section of members who are involved with civil society and related movements, in diverse socio-economic sectors of development.

The ICPRD translates the multiple voices of the poor, the anguish, anxieties and aspirations of socio-cultural regions of India into concerns; and presents this information to those who can influence the processes of policy-formulation. By attempting to stimulate empathy for the women, men and children living in such extreme conditions, ICPRD works towards bettering the lives of the poor through social, economic and political change