Access to basic services
We’ve seen how a dose of antibiotics, a pair of glasses, a morning snack or a remedial education programme can be lifesaving or life changing. Providing access to these necessities is our primary focus.
10 years of essential services
A thriving life is built on good health, a quality education, nutritious food, clean water and adequate sanitation, Over the past 10 years our partners have made remarkable progress to improve access to these fundamental rights that ensure lives of dignity.
Discover our partner organisations who are working to ensure everyone has the chance to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
11 Dec 2023
Making Professional Community Health Workers the Norm
To mark Universal Health Coverage Day, we sat down with Dr Madeleine Ballard, CEO of Community Health Impact Coalition (CHIC), and community health worker Ramatu Jalloh to explore CHIC’s work to make professional community health workers the norm worldwide.
18 Oct 2023
BAGS OF HOPE
In celebration of World Food Day, we spoke with Adilson Mangueze from the World Food Programme to better understand the importance of hermetic bags for reducing crop loss.
15 Oct 2023
20 YEARS OF BIOFORTIFICATION
We interviewed Curt Bowen, CEO of Semila Nueva, on the advantages of using biofortified corn in Guatemala. Take a look at what he says.
25 Apr 2023
This isn't a lesson!
Why emotional intelligence is a crucial skill for students and teachers in Rwanda
9 Oct 2022
Why non-profit and government collaboration is crucial
We talked to Pivot, the Luminos Fund, Saha Global and Semilla Nueva, four of our partners that provide access to fundamental services in Madagascar, Ethiopia, Ghana and Guatemala, to explore NGO-government partnerships and why they’re important.
27 Jul 2021
Focusing on needs, not fear
Room to Read began 2020 with the promise of the celebration of its 20th anniversary year. Then the pandemic struck.
27 Jul 2021
Remote therapy fosters connectedness
During the COVID-19 crisis, healthcare has gone digital on a massive scale to maintain service delivery. This transition has created opportunities to engage more extensively with difficult-to-reach populations. StrongMinds reflects on this.
14 Jul 2021
In fear, we found “ubuntu”
The shockwaves of COVID-19 have been keenly felt through all 10 countries where mothers2mothers work. However, amidst the uncertainty and fear, mothers2mothers also found unexpected silver linings.
6 Jul 2021
Keeping girls in the picture
We recently partnered with Le Monde Afrique to publish a series of news features, “Allez les filles!” that put girls’ education centre stage.
26 Mar 2021
The power of choice
Contraceptives are known to be the greatest life-saving, poverty-ending, women-empowering innovation created. Control over pregnancy gives women control of their lives. This is Dial Faye’s story.
24 Mar 2021
Data science solutions for social challenges
For leaders looking to create data science systems to amplify their impact, our partner IDinsight offers three tips to keep in mind. We close our Driven By Data series with a bang.
15 Mar 2021
Predicting needs to target care
Is it possible to use data modelling to leverage the data collected by community health workers and predict households likely to need urgent care? Living Goods is doing it and it works.
10 Mar 2021
The empowering journey of education
If we want to dismantle the architecture of inequality and discrimination, we need to address its multiple layers, supporting women and girls in their fight to gain the places that are theirs by rights. It all starts with educating a girl.
16 Feb 2021
Data science can significantly increase the impact of development programmes simply by optimising them.Two good examples of that are provided by our partners PIVOT in Madagascar and SOIL in Haiti.
11 Feb 2021
Helping girls stay in education
School-based healthcare is helping girls stay in education and authorities in Zambia fight COVID-19. Lonnie Hackett, President of Healthy Learners explains us how.
18 Jan 2021
The predictive power of machine learning
Machine learning uses data, usually in large quantities, and statistical algorithms to predict something that isn’t known. The first article of our Driven By Data series explores how machine-learning models inform Educate Girls’ expansion strategy.
11 Jan 2021
Why we need data science
Our new series #Driven by Data will explore how data analytics is helping fix some of the world’s most pressing issues, improving the way development actors identify problems and design tailor-made interventions to address them.
28 Oct 2020
Peace starts with food
On Friday 9 October 2020, the World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the world. We celebrate our long-standing partner and its achievements.
26 Jun 2020
The COVID-19 shutdowns have resulted in millions of children being out of school. School closures are likely to prove more than an interruption in the schooling of many girls and boys, putting an end to their education forever.
26 Jun 2020
A silent struggle
The pandemic has spread fear and stress no less than viral load. In Zambia our partner StrongMinds is well positioned to help provide the psychological care that women so desperately need.
2 Jun 2020
The hunger crisis
COVID-19 is more than a global health crisis. The measures taken to slow the spread of the virus may break already-fragile food supply chains, shattering the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
28 May 2020
Though it’s difficult to project what trajectory the outbreak is likely to follow the effective deployment of community health workers could really be a game changer, backed up by Africa’s invaluable know-how from fighting past epidemics.
25 May 2020
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, VisionSpring has redeployed its people power and repurposed its procurement and supply capacity to help prevent the spread of the virus.