Our purpose

Creating opportunities in education and health, especially for women and girls, as critical bridges to sustainable development, giving individuals and communities the options they need to advance their welfare.

We are encouraged by the enormous progress in the world. Virtually every country has improved its education, health, and economic situation over the past 20 years; however this opportunity has not necessarily been equitable and there is work to bridge the gap and build on the progress made.  

Development requires progressively and continually improving the ways we work, with ever more creative and ambitious approaches locally and globally.

Sustainable development engages communities and stakeholders to identify solutions that are both creative and effective.

Hopeful trends are seen in data presented by such groups as GapMinder, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, and UNESCO.

In Education…

Fewer children are missing school

However, many communities remain with lower resourced or less effective schools resulting in students with fewer competencies and opportunities.

Graphic from UNESCO Institute for Statistics, original available here.

In Health…

People are healthier than ever before

Yet we have more to do to reach systematically missed communities and children and strengthen the ability of health systems to face outbreaks and other challenges.

Graphic embedded from Gapminder, original available here.