ICS is an innovative development organisation with a pragmatic approach. We promote the sustainable economic development and wellbeing of farming families in developing countries. What makes us different is that, besides providing assistance, we also focus on creating opportunities for growth. After all, we believe people will do best if they can tap into their own strength, work independently and take responsibility for their lives.
We set up social enterprises that will boost local economies of farming families. Through parent-training programmes we teach parents how they can make use of economic progress and practise positive upbringing to positively impact the future of their families. In that way, we set off a chain reaction of sustainable economic and social development.
In 2016 ICS works on the following themes:
Our work area is East Africa, we focus specifically on rural areas. In Kenya we work in the western part, in the counties Kakamega, Busia, Siaya, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia and Nandi. In Tanzania we work in the north, in the counties Shinyanga, Geita and Mwanza. Furthermore ICS has plans to expand in 2016/2017 to neighbouring country Uganda, just on the other side of the border with Kenya.
ICS group covers Stichting ICS (ngo) and three social businesses: Agrics, Alizetics and Geodatics. Every business, except for Geodatics, is a registered Ltd. Vijana Reloaded is been used as a sub brand but it isn't a business. ICS-SP is been registrated as a local ngo in Africa. ICS Group operates completely independently of faith, race and political belief.
The General Director is Ronald Messelink. The Director is responsible for the operational management of the organization and is accountable to the Supervisory Board. In particular, the Director manages strategic policy-making, general operations and public relations. He is also responsible for monitoring content and administrative quality and personnel policies.
The Director reports to the Supervisory Board at the end of each quarter and meets weekly with the Management Team which consists of the Finance Manager and the Director himself. The Management Team is responsible for policy preparation and implementation. Decisions by the Director are integrated and effectuated by the Management Team as much as possible.
The Supervisory Board:
The ICS Foundation does not subscribe to a standard collective labor agreement, but does have good employment terms for employees in the Netherlands and Africa. Salaries of Dutch employees are analogous to the collective labor agreement remuneration of national-level civil servants (based on Besluit Bezoldiging Rijksambtenaren).
The General Director receives remuneration aligned with Goede Doelen Nederland guidelines. Accountability regarding the remuneration granted by the Supervisory Board is assessed through the annual report.
Have a look at or download the constitution of Stichting ICS.
ICS has a so called ANBI status (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling), the CBF hallmark and it meets the ISO 9001 standard.