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Your major donation can directly impact an issue, organization, or region you’re passionate about. Choose from current projects in need of funding, or work with us to develop an opportunity that matches your values and interests. To get started, contact:
Fund a Village
736 million people in the world live in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 a day. Covid-19 is likely to cause the first increase in global poverty since 1998. The share of the world’s population living on less than $1.90 per day is projected to increase from 8.2% in 2019 to 8.6% in 2020. Though Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has been hit relatively less by the virus itself, the World Bank projection suggests that it will be the region that will be hit hardest in terms of an increase in extreme poverty — 23 million people will be pushed into poverty in SSA due to Covid-19 adding to the 448 million African already living in extreme poverty.
Village Enterprise’s mission is to end extreme poverty in rural Africa through entrepreneurship and innovation. With 30 years of experience serving as a pioneer in the quest to help rural Africans lift themselves from poverty, Village Enterprise’s community-based, participatory program reflects a bottom-up approach to micro-enterprise development.
Through local leadership and a strong record of adaptation and innovation, Village Enterprise has been recognized by industry leaders, including Innovations for Poverty Action, The Life You Can Save, and Founders Pledge as evidence-based and cost-effective.
Village Enterprise works one village at a time to end extreme poverty in rural Africa. With only $33,000, you can lift an entire village out of extreme poverty by starting 50 small businesses, training 150 new enterprising poor to business skills and financial literacy, creating 5 business savings groups and transforming the lives of 150 families or 1,000 people.
FUND-A-VILLAGE FROM US$ 33,000
Fund life-transforming obstetric surgeries
Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury that leaves a woman incontinent, humiliated, and too often shunned by her community. It’s caused by prolonged, obstructed labor—and the most vulnerable are young women in poor, rural areas of Africa and Asia with limited access to health services. Corrective surgery is the only cure.
Support breastfeeding awareness and resources
Equalize Health (formerly D-REV)
One-third of all deaths in children under the age of 5 are caused by common and preventable infectious diseases . The burden is most severe in low-and-middle income countries(LMICs). Breast milk prevents infection and, if initiated early and sustained, is a strong predictor of infant survival.  Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months could prevent an estimated 823,000 under-five deaths every year .
Equalize Health, a nonprofit organization, designs and delivers world-class, cost-effective medical technologies that address critical health issues disproportionately affecting the global poor.
They are currently developing a breastfeeding promotion tool that will provide education and support specific to the needs and experiences of mothers in LMICs. Leveraging the popularity of chat-based apps, Equalize Health aims to democratize what is an expensive and scarce resource: expert lactation support. Through user-friendly, mother-centric videos, animations, and diagrams, our tool will teach new mothers comfortable techniques and easy-to-remember facts, setting a solid foundation for breastfeeding longevity.
In 2020, Equalize Health aims to pilot a beta version in India and East Africa, where there is great need and opportunity for change. Respectively, India and East Africa constitute 19% and 12% of the world’s births, and 29% and 19% of the world’s neonatal deaths . A full launch is planned for 2022.
FUNDING GAP: US $1.7M
Extend high-impact campaign to change behaviors
Development Media International
DMI runs mass media campaigns in Sub-Saharan Africa to improve and save lives. DMI aims to scale up its high impact, cost-effective child survival campaign to Tanzania, where largely preventable and treatable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea cause the death of 270 children under 5 years of age every day and where DMI has strong capacity to deliver impact.
DMI has gold-standard evidence from Burkina Faso to show that their campaigns can have a dramatic effect on increasing life-saving behaviours. Indeed, economic modelling suggests that their child survival campaign is among the most cost-effective methods of saving children’s lives currently available (full results and a cost-effectiveness analysis have been published in BMJ Global Health).
DMI has successfully scaled this campaign to national levels in both Burkina Faso and Mozambique, and now proposes to pilot an expansion in the Lake Zone of Tanzania. According to UNICEF, the Lake Zone – where DMI has run successful campaigns since 2014 – has the highest regional child mortality rate, at 88 per 1,000 live births.
DMI has strong relationships with relevant government ministries in Tanzania who have confirmed that this campaign would align with their priorities. DMI also has strong relationships with networks of radio stations, carefully selected after in-depth analysis of factors such as transmitter strength, position, programme management capacity and listenership surveys.
As COVID-19 and its secondary effects grip Sub-Saharan Africa, the demand for health services has dropped, as people fear infection from the virus. This is projected to have devastating effects on maternal and child health. Now more than ever it is important to ensure parents know when to take their children for treatment of potentially fatal diseases; appropriate treatment-seeking could save many thousands of lives.
Following this initial regional pilot, the campaign will be available for immediate expansion throughout Tanzania.
FUNDING GAP: As a first stage, DMI is aiming to run a 10-month project and deliver a 6-month campaign, which would cost USD $482,000.
Unlock institutional funding
GiveDirectly is raising matching funds for use in unlocking new partnerships with large institutional funders. The investment thesis is both to increase direct impact by attracting matching institutional funding, and also to indirectly impact the aid ecosystem more broadly by removing institutional barriers to the use of cash transfers.
Institutional funders (e.g. USAID, DfID) are the largest funders of international development work, spending tens of billions of dollars each year. Very little of this aid currently flows directly to the extreme poor through cash grants, with estimates ranging from 0%-2% across agencies. GiveDirectly sees enormous potential to expand this market by removing barriers that have slowed cash transfer adoption.
Matching funds are key to this effort. Cash transfers are a relatively new and politically risky approach for many aid institutions. Bringing matching capital into an agreement de-risks it for the agency and in some cases unlocks specific procurement mechanisms that would otherwise be unavailable. GiveDirectly has successfully used this approach to close $25M to date in partnerships with the two largest bilateral aid agencies, designing a series of landmark evaluations and reforming internal policies in the process. They currently have an additional $37M in outstanding opportunities in our pipeline requiring $18M in match funding to unlock against $10M in available matching funds, implying an opportunity to deploy a further $8M.
FUNDING GAP: US$ 8 million
Support 10 Community Health Workers
Sub-Saharan Africa makes up 13% of the world’s population, yet suffers 68% of global maternal deaths, 40% of stillbirths, and 38% of newborn deaths. Together, we can change these statistics to improve the lives of millions in sub-Saharan Africa.
Living Goods supports digitally-empowered community health workers (CHWs) who go door-to-door within their communities providing free health education and diagnoses, and providing and selling life-saving medicines and health-related products. CHWs focus on health interventions that reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity. Also, Living Goods works with governments and partners to leverage smart mobile technology, strengthen performance, and deliver cost-effective high-quality health services.
As communities around the world continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that this pandemic is not going away any time soon. Your support means Living Goods-supported CHWs can safely continue providing essential health care to the families and children who need it most.
In 2021, your gift will:
- Support our network of over 10,000 CHWs in Kenya and Uganda, who will
- Provide almost 750,000 assessments to children under-five-years old and
- Register and support over 40,000 pregnancies
FUNDING GAP 2021: Living Goods has a large funding need going forward. Living Goods is currently undergoing its 2021 planning but estimates its total funding need will be at least $30 million in 2021 and at a similar level in 2022. As of September 2020, Living Goods has secured $17 million for 2021, leaving a funding gap of ~$13 million for 2021.
Turn evidence into impact
Innovations for Poverty Action
With millions of lives and billions of dollars at stake, there is an urgent need to find what works to save lives & livelihoods—and ensure it is used at scale. Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a research and policy nonprofit that improves lives by discovering and advancing what works to reduce poverty, is addressing this need in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak through the launch of Research for Effective COVID-19 Responses (RECOVR).
In response to the lack of data and evidence at the beginning of the pandemic, IPA mobilized—in some places overnight—to meet its partners’ demands. Ever since, IPA has brought over 15M+ datapoints to 30+ government departments’ decision-making.
IPA’s work under RECOVR is already having an impact. After engagement with IPA, the Colombian government announced an expansion of their cash transfer program and noted that IPA results are informing their highest-level policy planning. In Cote d’Ivoire, the Ministry of Employment and Social Protection is using IPA results to increase access to COVID-19 preventive measures, support compliance with preventive measures, and improve their management of their recently launched social protection fund. IPA results are also currently shaping high-impact policies and programs in the Philippines, Zambia, El Salvador, and Bangladesh.
- PERU—Supporting government to implement a program proven to reduce violence against women and girls : $50-$150k
- GHANA—Co-funding for technical assistance to scale evidence-based differentiated instruction pedagogy to 10,000 lowest-performing schools: $50-$150k
- PHILIPPINES—Co-funding for technical assistance to equip Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development to use data and evidence to target and deliver their large cash transfer program (over 14 million recipients): $100-200k
- ZAMBIA—Adapting and scaling an evidence-based parent engagement program through cost-effective SMS and phone calls from teachers and schools: $150k
- SIERRA LEONE—Scale-up support for social incentives for vaccines: $150-500k
Provide safe drinking water
Evidence Action’s Dispensers for Safe Water
Globally, diarrhea is the second-leading cause of childhood mortality, killing an estimated 525,000 children under the age of 5 each year, often as a result of unsafe water.
Evidence Action’s Dispensers for Safe Water program installs chlorine dispensers next to rural water sources in sub-Saharan Africa, enabling communities in hard-to-reach places to chlorinate their water. The water stays safe to drink for up to three days.
Rigorous evidence shows that Dispensers for Safe Water’s approach—building on existing routines and collaborating with communities to maintain dispensers and promote their use— results in particularly high rates of water chlorination. This makes the program highly cost-effective.
Dispensers for Safe Water currently serves 4 million people across Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi at a cost of a little more than $1/person/year. As a result, every year, an estimated 450,000 potentially fatal cases of diarrhea in children under 5 are averted.
FUNDING GAP: The total DSW Program Need is US $800,000
Provide micronutrients to improve health
Project Healthy Children-Sanku
Children in low-income countries are hardest hit by malnutrition. Most children there do not have access to healthy foods, and every meal is primarily starchy flour. A lack of key dietary vitamins and minerals is an underlying factor for many child deaths. According to UNICEF, around 3 million children die due to undernutrition every year. For millions more, chronic malnutrition will result in stunting – an irreversible condition that literally stunts the physical and cognitive growth of children.
Project Healthy Children-Sanku is a nonprofit social enterprise fighting to end malnutrition by adding micronutrients that are scientifically proven to improve health and vitality into the food Africans eat the most. The organization’s vision is to guarantee that every meal consumed by every mother and child contains lifesaving nutrients—forever!
PHC-Sanku has already provided the required incentives, tools, training, and support to nearly 400 small millers across East Africa who are producing critical fortified flour for over two million people daily.
In 2020, PHC-Sanku aims to scale their reach from two million people to three million. To achieve this goal, they will grow their team from 28 to 45 staff members and will manufacture and install an additional 200 IT-enabled fortification machines at mills throughout Tanzania, a country where 130 children die daily due to malnutrition-related causes. They project their operating cost to be as low as 68 cents per person for 2020.
FUNDING GAP: US$ 1,834,029 for the Tanzania program in 2021
End Suffering and Restore Sight in Ethiopia
The Fred Hollows Foundation
People blink on average 16 times a minute – that’s 15,360 times a day. Every blink is unbearably painful for someone with trachoma, and each blink takes them closer to blindness. An ancient disease that can lead to permanent blindness, trachoma doesn’t just destroy sight – it causes such agony that some sufferers pluck their own eyelashes with homemade tweezers.
Trachoma is the leading cause of infectious blindness in the world today. As many as 157 million people worldwide live in areas where they are at risk of developing trachoma. 80% of people suffering from trachoma live in just 14 high-risk countries, 13 of which are in Africa (Pakistan is the other).
Women suffer much more frequently and severely from trachoma than men. This is because women are traditionally the carers of young children and are more exposed to re-infections from contagious children.
Ethiopia and South Sudan have the highest prevalence of active trachoma: in some areas active disease is present in more than 50% of children aged 1–9 years and trichiasis – the advanced stage of trachoma where the eyelids turn inwards and the eyelashes rub the cornea – affects more than 10% of adults.
Right now, more than 76 million people in Ethiopia are at risk of contracting trachoma. In one region alone, Oromia, more than 155,000 people are in desperate need of surgery – to stop their trachoma advancing further, destroying their sight permanently.
Luckily, trachoma is entirely preventable and treatable. There are such simple solutions that can end the pain like:
- antibiotics to stop early stage trachoma and
- access to clean water, which can stop trachoma from spreading.
Better access to antibiotics, health services, water and sanitation, early corrective surgery and monitoring of scarring are key to eliminating trachoma as a public health problem in endemic communities. Measures such as education about the disease, hygiene and face washing also help greatly.
The Fred Hollows Foundation has had teams on the ground fighting trachoma in Oromia since 2013. Surgeons, nurses and health workers supported by The Foundation are working with global partners and local government authorities to get the antibiotics, the training and the surgery to those who need it most.
In 2019 alone, The Foundation supported the government to ensure the delivery of antibiotics for trachoma to over 19 million people and we’ve been making great progress with our partners to completely eliminate it from Ethiopia – where the disease has been endemic for generations.
In 2021, The Fred Hollows Foundation and our partners aim to:
- Provide antibiotics to over 19 million people in endemic areas of Oromia
- Educate and observe 1.2 million children for facial hygiene
- Help 380,000 households, schools and communities safely manage waste and excreta, to mitigate the vector-borne transmission of trachoma
- Provide access to clean water and sanitation facilities by fixing 21,000 broken water schemes.
- Provide trichiasis surgeries to over 14,565 patients
FUNDING GAP 2021: USD 1,366,107
The project’s entire budget is US$ 5,587,960. Every dollar goes far in Ethiopia and even a small contribution has a power to alleviate suffering and prevent vision loss.
Provide life-saving mosquito nets
Against Malaria Foundation
Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) works to prevent the spread of malaria by distributing long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets (LLINs) to susceptible populations in developing countries.
An AMF net costs only US$2.00, and each net protects two people for up to three years – it’s one of the most cost-effective interventions for saving lives.
US$2 buys one net to protect two peopleUS$500 protects an entire villageUS$3,000 saves a life and averts 500 to 1,000 cases of malaria
100% of donations from the public buys nets and donors can see the exact number of nets they have funded and follow the specific location in which their nets are distributed. AMF can provide this information as each donation is linked to a specific net distribution as part of AMF’s desire to be particularly accountable and transparent with their work.
AMF’s current funding gap:
- Country A – 5 million nets (US$10m)
- Country B – 15 million nets (US$30m)
- Country C – 16 million nets (US$32m)
Note: AMF does not publicize country names until negotiations are complete and agreements have been signed with its suppliers and implementing partners.