The North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA) operates in the North-eastern states of India in the field of rural development. The North-eastern states, is at best looked upon as a far-flung frontier region connected to the rest of India by a narrow 22-km corridor in Assam. The region, consisting of eight states - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura, is socially, culturally, and politically very diverse, dynamic and complex.
NEIDA has been promoted by the Tata Trusts as the nodal agency for the Trusts’ North East Initiative (NEI). NEIDA was registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 in 2012 in Kohima, Nagaland and has its offices in three states namely Kohima (Nagaland), Aizawal (Mizoram) and Papumpare (Arunachal Pradesh).
Through direct field engagement, NEIDA works towards enhancing livelihoods opportunities and improving the quality of lives of households it works with through improved agriculture and horticulture practices, promotion of livestock activities, providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, sustainable use of natural resources and dissemination of knowledge and expertise on a range of issues.