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The Middle East and North Africa Multi-Donor Trust Fund (Finland, Norway and the UK)

The Middle East and North Africa Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MENA MDTF) was established in 2012 to support the transition underway at the time in many countries in the MENA region. The 1st Cycle, which ran from 2012-2017 provided over US$12 million in grants to 35 activities at both country and regional level. The 2nd Cycle, now underway, is scheduled to run from 2018-2021 with a current envelope of US$9.1 million supporting 34 activities. Despite being a relatively small trust fund, it has nonetheless played a catalytic role in helping to deliver innovative practices, programs, initiating reforms and pushing the boundaries on new approaches to development in the region.

The MENA MDTF is financed by the governments of Finland, Norway and the UK. It supports technical assistance for project preparation, analytical studies, capacity building and knowledge sharing in areas where there is a clear and urgent need on the ground. The MENA MDTF is aligned with the World Bank Group’s MENA strategy, and therefore the activities funded demonstrate clear linkages to relevant current and future Bank-funded operations and programs. Please click here for more details.

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Global Fund International (China)

Since their beginnings in 1938, first as China’s Children Fund and later as Christian Children’s Fund, their approach has evolved into one of community development, focused on strengthening families and community structures that make up a child’s environment. The individual sponsor-to-child relationship supports this work, with sponsor funds pooled to improve life in the communities where sponsored children live. Please click here for more details.

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Malala Fund (US)

Washington, D.C., U.S. Malala Fund is an international, non-profit organization that fights for girls’ education. It was co-founded by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate and her father, Ziauddin. Please click here for more details.

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World Cancer Research Fund International

World Cancer Research Fund International is a leading authority on cancer prevention research related to diet, nutrition and physical activity. World Cancer Research Fund Internationa is a not-for-profit organization that leads and unifies a network of cancer prevention charities with a global reach. These charities are based in the US, the UK, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. Please click here for more details.

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Global Polio Eradication Initiative

The goal of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is to complete the eradication and containment of all wild, vaccine-related and Sabin polioviruses, such that no child ever again suffers paralytic poliomyelitis.

Launched in 1988 after the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with its partners, has helped countries to make huge progress in protecting the global population from this debilitating disease. As a result, the global incidence of polio has decreased by 99.9% since GPEI’s foundation. An estimated 16 million people today are walking who would otherwise have been paralyzed by the disease, and more than 1.5 million people are alive, whose lives would otherwise have been lost. Now the task remains to tackle polio in its last few strongholds and get rid of the final 0.1% of polio cases. Please click here for more details.

Global Fund for Elimination of Malaria

Global Fund partners work with communities in malaria-endemic areas to provided information about what malaria is, how it is transmitted, what treatments are available, and, most importantly, what actions to take if malaria is suspected. In Ghana, for example, village elders teach their community “not to let the sun set twice” on a child with fever. In many countries, malaria prevention lessons are added to the school curriculum. In Senegal, community health workers are a critical force in the fight to eliminate malaria, particularly in hard-to-reach rural villages. Please click here for more details.

Los Vecinos Affordable Housing (US)

Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation developed the first LEED Platinum, 100% solar-powered low-income housing complex in San Diego. This state-of-the-art development located in Chula Vista achieved LEED certification with natural ventilation, tankless water heaters, Energy Star appliances, and low-flow water fixtures. The complex was designed on the site of what used to be a vacant motel, which contributed to the neighborhood’s decline. Now this “recycled” property is helping to “green-up” the neighborhood and all the residents of Chula Vista. It is a great case-study development. Please click here for more details.

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Orangi Pilot Project (Pakistan)

Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) as an NGO began work in Orangi town in 1980. Orangi situated in the periphery of Karachi is a cluster of 113 low-income settlements* with a population of 1.5 million. On the success of its five basic programs of low-cost sanitation, housing, health, education and credit for micro-enterprise, in 1988 OPP was upgraded into three autonomous institutions.

The approach is to encourage and strengthen community initiatives (with social, technical guidance and credit for micro-enterprise) and evolve partnerships with the government for development based on the local resources. The methodology is action research and extension. That is analyzing outstanding problems of the area, people’s initiatives, the bottlenecks in the initiatives, then through a process of action research and extension education evolving viable solutions promoting participatory action. In short developing low cost packages of advice, guiding and facilitating community organizations for self-help and partnership with the government. Please click here for more details.

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Quinta Monroy Housing (Chile)

The challenge of this project was to accommodate 100 families living in a 30-year old slum, using a subsidy of USD $7,500 that in the best of the cases allowed for 36 square meters of built space in a 5,000-square-meter site, the cost of which was three times what social housing could normally afford. The aim was to keep the families’ social and economic networks, which they had created close to the center city, instead of evicting the families to the periphery. The Architects wanted the families to live in houses able to achieve a middle-class standard instead of condemning them to an everlasting social housing one. None of the solutions in the market solved the equation. So they thought of a typology that, as buildings could make very efficient use of land and as houses allowed for expansion. Please click here for more detail