India registered a steep decline in Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) to 113 in 2016-18 from 122 in 2015-17, yet majority of Women, Adolescent and Children in India, have sub-optimal access to essential, good-quality health services in India. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030, called for a new approach to addressing health concerns, based on cooperation and collaboration between government, civil society, businesses and others. The recent COVID-19 pandemic reiterated and cemented the same. We, therefore, work at the individual, community and systemic levels to help the country overcome the recent setbacks and accelerate its journey to achieve the SDGs


Incubated within IPE Global, CKD carries forward the strategic vision and promising approaches demonstrated by IPE Groups pioneering work over the last two decades. IPE Global has designed and delivered an exciting range of integrated, innovative and high-quality development solutions across all disciplines and levels. We proudly leverage that knowledge and experience to guide and catalyse our work.

SAMRIDH: Healthcare Blended Finance Facility

Sustainable Access to Markets and Resources for Innovative Delivery of Healthcare (SAMRIDH) is a healthcare blended finance facility supporting India’s response to covid-19 and other emerging healthcare needs. It is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D), in technical collaboration with National Health Authority (NHA). It combines commercial capital with public and philanthropic funds to drive more significant resources towards improving access to affordable and quality healthcare services for India’s most vulnerable. SAMRIDH aims to mobilize a capital pool of $100+ million from the private sector and bilateral organizations.

UDAAN: A 360 Degree Approach to Prevent Adolescent Pregnancy in Rajasthan

UDAAN, funded by Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), UK, supported reduction in adolescent pregnancy and early marriage, adopted a multi-sectoral approach to prevent adolescent pregnancy, layering interventions beyond sexual health to change the way adolescent programmes operate and achieve results fundamentally. The project innovated new techniques and demonstrated scalable strategies that helped in improving adolescent sexual health, such as scholarships to girl students, to boost retention in school. Behaviour change approaches work with adolescents along with key influencers/gatekeepers (such as mothers, mothers-in-law, grandmothers) to stimulate behavioural change.

VRIDDHI: Scaling up RMNCH+A Interventions

Vriddhi, a USAID flagship program supports scale-up of high impact Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH+A) interventions to prevent child and maternal deaths. As technical partner to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Vriddhi set up a program management unit (PMU) to support design and implementation of “LaQshya”, the National Labour Room Quality Improvement Initiative along with a National RMNCH+A Unit (NRU) to coordinate supportive supervision mechanism to track and review the implementation of various initiatives. Other systemic support includes strengthening First Referral Units (FRU), roll out of Family Planning Logistics Management Information Systems (FPLMIS), and Public Financial Management (PFM). Vriddhi also partners with 6 state governments (of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Assam, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab) to catalyze change, innovate solutions, build collaborative partnerships, and contribute to policy.

Strengthening Youth and Adolescent Participation in Health programs through RKSK platform in Jharkhand

Supported by Dasra, IPE Global provides techno-managerial support to Dasra Adolescent Collective (DAC) partners to deepen their engagement with National Health Mission, Jharkhand. It supported the strengthening of platforms such as Adolescent Health Days (AHDs), monitoring implementation, and prototyping solutions to ensure wider coverage and reach among the target population. IPE Global conducted a gap analysis of AHDs and developed recommendations for addressing the bottlenecks to improve the quality and resonance among adolescent girls and boys. Undertook development of SOPs/guidelines to streamline the AHD implementation through a consultative dialogue with NHM, NGO partners, frontline workers and adolescents at the community level. The project is currently demonstrating pilot interventions.

Norway India Partnership Initiative ( NIPI): Testing innovative solutions for Newborn Care

Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) tests innovative solutions in maternal and newborn care to steeply reduce preventable deaths and rates of child mortality in India. The program introduced various interventions such as Sick New Born Care Units (SNCUs) to provide facility based care for new-born with infections and other problems and a program of Home Based New-born Care (HBNC), targeting the first six weeks after birth, including home visits by frontline community health workers for the promotion of essential home based neonatal care and diagnosis. It is scaling up strategic demonstrated interventions in the Aspirational Districts, strengthens innovative development capacity in public health systems using AI and documents and disseminates knowledge learnt through various mediums. In its third phase, NIPI is working in Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir & Odisha.

The RANI Project: Reduction in Anemia through Normative Innovations

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, the RANI Project, funded by BMGF, promoted changes in social norms, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours of Women of Reproductive Age and pregnant women in Odisha that increased IFA supplement consumption and reduction in anaemia. The project adopted mixed-method formative research that informed behaviour change interventions in the Angul district of Odisha.