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The Ford Foundation began with a $25,000 gift from Edsel Ford, son of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford, in 1936. Today, with over 44,000 proposals received each year, it has become one of the largest philanthropies in the world, with grants given to projects and individuals in more than 50 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation funds global development programs on governance, education, improved policy analysis and better access to agricultural markets for farmers in developing countries.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Human Development Index
The HDI was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP is the United Nations' global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. They are on the ground in 177 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.
African Development Bank
To promote sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty in Africa
AidData provides a searchable database of nearly one million past and present aid activities around the world, aid information management services and tools, data visualization technologies, and research designed to increase understanding of development finance.
Bank for International Settlements
The mission of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is to serve central banks in their pursuit of monetary and financial stability, to foster international cooperation in those areas and to act as a bank for central banks.
Brookings Institution - Global Economy and Development
The Global Economy and Development program aims to shape the U.S. and international policy debate on how to manage globalization and fight global poverty. The program is home to leading scholars from around the world, who use their expertise in international macroeconomics, political economy, international relations and development and environmental economics to tackle some of today’s most pressing development challenges.
Center for Global Development
The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for all. A nimble, independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit think tank, CGD combines world-class research with policy analysis and innovative communications to turn ideas into action.
The Global Fund for Women
The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women’s rights by making grants that support and strengthen women’s groups around the world. They mobilize and redistribute resources that enable women to develop creative solutions to local, regional, and transnational challenges. They bring grantees and donors together in an international network that promotes women’s action for social change, equality, peace, and justice worldwide.
Harvard Kennedy School - Center for International Development (CID)
The Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University is a university-wide center that works to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty.
International Monetary Fund
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.
Organisation for Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD)
The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The center conducts public opinion polling, demographic studies, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. It does not take positions on policy issues.
The Center's work is carried out by seven projects:
■Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
■Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism
■Pew Internet & American Life Project
■Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
■Pew Hispanic Center
■Pew Global Attitudes Project
■Pew Social & Demographic Trends Project
The World Bank
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.
It is not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. It comprises of two institutions managed by 188 member countries: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The IBRD aims to reduce poverty in middle-income and creditworthy poorer countries, while IDA focuses exclusively on the world’s poorest countries. These institutions are part of a larger body known as the World Bank Group.
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