Plan International is an international humanitarian, child-focussed development organisation without religious, political or governmental affiliation. It came into existence in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War when it provided care and protection to thousands of war-orphaned children. In the aftermath of the Second World War, Plan International reached out to children of other European countries. Gradually, Plan began to reach out to thousands of disadvantaged children in other parts of the world. Plan International currently has programs in 42 developing countries. It raises its financial resources from 14 developed countries. The international headquarters of Plan International is in the UK.
Plan International's vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies, which respect people's rights and dignities.
Plan International began its work in India in 1979 and is today one of the largest international non-governmental organisations working in the country. It works in 13 states through 14 NGO partners with 22 Program Units in the country. Through its child sponsorship approach, it directly reaches out to 85,000 children.
In 1996, Plan International set up Plan International (India Chapter) (PIIC) as an Indian response to the needs of extremely disadvantaged children. PIIC's interventions are based on the child rights framework. A key intervention has been promotion of universal birth registration. PIIC has also supported initiatives on promoting elementary education and strengthening child protection systems. PIIC is based in New Delhi.