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World Neighbors

World Neighbors works with the rural poor in 16 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to strengthen the ability of individuals and communities to solve their own problems of hunger, poverty and disease. World Neighbors’ programs integrate improved sustainable agriculture, community-based health, reproductive health, environmental conservation, water and sanitation, and livelihood strategies, including savings and credit.

The purpose of World Neighbors is to strengthen the capacity of marginalized communities to meet their basic needs, and to determine and sustain an equitable and inclusive development process.

Mission Statement

World Neighbors is a people-to-people nonprofit organization working at the forefront of worldwide efforts to eliminate hunger, disease and poverty in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

World Neighbors affirms the determination, ingenuity and inherent dignity of all people.

By strengthening these primary resources, people are helped to analyze and solve their own problems. Success is achieved by developing, testing and extending simple technologies at the community level and training local leaders to sustain and multiply results.

Program priorities are food production, community-based health, family planning, water and sanitation, environmental conservation and small business.

Founded in 1951 and rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of neighbor helping neighbor. World Neighbors is anon-sectarian, self-help movement supported by private donations. World Neighbors does not solicit nor accept U.S. government funding.

Some Facts about World Neighbors

World Neighbors currently supports 64 programs that directly affect 300,000 people in 15 countries including seven of the 12 countries identified by the World Bank as accounting for 80 percent of the world’s poor (1998 World Development Indicators, The World Bank.) Those countries are India, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, and Nepal.

World Neighbors’ annual operating budget is just under $5 million. Support for programs comes from private contributions by individuals, foundations, churches and organizations. World Neighbors does not solicit or accept U.S. government funding.

World Neighbors has always been non-sectarian. World Neighbors has a headquarters staff of 25 full- and part- time employees in Oklahoma City.

World Neighbors Programs

Since 1951, World Neighbors has supported hundreds of programs in 64 countries in Asia Africa and Latin America. World Neighbors operates programs for an average often years. At the beginning of each program’s operation, there is already a plan in place for phasing out support. As World Neighbors moves to other areas of need, they leave behind networks of leaders with the skills to enable a community to undertake development initiatives on its own.

Please select a region going at web site to see further prefect details, general information about the people we help, and the bright futures that are curled.

Select an issue from the list below:

Sustainable Agriculture

Community Health and Nutrition

Reproductive Health

Environment/Natural Resource Management

Local Capacity Building


Income Generation

How We Work

Our approach is simple. In cooperation with our global neighbors, we:

  1. Select the areas where we work on the basis of need and opportunity.
  2. Listen to what they have to say and what limits their success. Establish a relationship of trust.
  3. Help strengthen their capacity to identify, analyze and solve their own problems using the resources and the simplest tools to do the job.
  4. Try new ideas on a small scale. Stay practical to generate early enthusiasm and success.
  5. Help document the results and apply lessons learned to improve programs.
  6. Reinforce their capacity to maintain and multiply results and ongoing problem-solving process by forming new partnerships and by coordinating with additional villages and local organizations.
  7. Widen program impact by recording and sharing the results and process with larger scale organizations, villages, networks, coalitions and governments to influence policies and actions.

Our approach aims to strengthen the ability of communities to address the problems they face and to meet their basic needs. By beginning with people and by helping them to set their priorities and manage the development process themselves. World Neighbors respects the dignity and self-worth of the people with whom we work. This approach also makes it much more likely that programs can continue without outside support.

Training & Outreach

World Neighbors does not send in “outside experts.”‘ Programs are led by committed trainers who come from the geographic areas where we work and speak the local languages. Of the more than 350 field staff based in 15 countries, only two are from North America. Many of our programs are carried out in partnership with local organizations, while others are operated by World Neighbors.

Capacity Building

By participating in this self-help process, communities gradually develop their capacity to identify, analyze and solve problems, whatever they may be. Local trainers and volunteers learn how to identify needs, experiment with solutions and evaluate results. Eventually, these local trainers replace the World Neighbors-supported staff working in the community as World Neighbors moves on to work in other areas of need.

Integrated Approach

World Neighbors starts where people are and responds to their expressed needs. Therefore, programs often address a range of critical issues such as low food production, high infant mortality, poor maternal health, scarce drinking water, soil erosion, deforestation and unemployment. All of these issues are inter-connected in the lives of the rural poor, and World Neighbors has found it effective to work in an integrated, holistic manner.

Widening Impact

As programs and local organizations are established. World Neighbors encourages them to join together to form wider networks and associations. A network of village health committees can do more to improve health conditions than a single village. Farmer groups that are linked to one another – and to other organizations – can more effectively protect a vanishing forest than a single group of farmers acting alone.

Action Learning

Action learning is the systematic and participatory analysis, learning and documentation of program need, context, process, outcomes and impact. Action learning is a fundamental feature of World Neighbors programs and these activities used to inform decision-making, improve programs and widen impact.

Sustainable Agriculture

Food and Agriculture

> While there are many different approaches, sustainable agriculture is generally defined as a type of agriculture that ensures meeting the food needs of the present without endangering the earth’s capacity and the ability of future generations to meet their own food needs. Sustainable agriculture refers to ways of practicing agriculture that balance environmental, social, and economic dimensions of farming while maintaining productivity over the long-term. Sustainable agriculture requires the integration of three dimensions:

> Sustainable agriculture includes the non-chemical but also the transition strategies of encouraging farmers to move from one method of farming to another. Sustainable agriculture is not a goal to be attained, but an on-going dynamic process that continually adapts itself to the changing environment.

Community Health

Community health care is an important part of World Neighbors programs aimed at building local capacity to meet basic needs and promote a self-sustaining local development process. World Neighbors community health programming is based on the principles of primary health care that emphasize prevention of illness, home management of uncomplicated cases of illness and prompt referral as necessary. Our programming includes 1) control of infectious disease (prevention and treatment), 2) childhood immunization, 3) clean water supply and sanitation, 4) nutrition promotion, and 5) reproductive health.

Reproductive Health

World Neighbors supports the vision of reproductive health as articulated at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. This vision states that:

  1. Sexual relations should be free of coercion and infection.
  2. Every pregnancy should be intended.
  3. Every birth should be healthy.

Environment/Natural Resource Management

> Community-Based Natural Resource Management is a people-centered approach to the integration of conservation and development.


Lessons from World Neighbors’ experience around the world over the last decade confirm a number of key elements essential for building effective community-based approaches to natural resource management:

  1. Multi-stakeholder Collaboration is a pivotal mechanism for building consensus among all stakeholders and for coordinating joint efforts.
  2. Conflict Management Mechanism. Creating venues and milestones to convene stakeholders over the long-term is essential for managing natural resource conflicts.
  3. Participatory Action Research. Assessment and information gathering efforts undertaken jointly by stakeholders consciously includes local knowledge as well as scientific expertise. Collaborative fact-finding generates a mutually agreed perspective for action.
  4. Strong Local Organizations are built from the bottom-up. Forest-farmer groups address key conservation and development concerns at the farm and community levels, while inter-village networks address multi-community concerns at the ecosystem scale.
  5. Livelihood Improvement and Environmental Services. Farm and community enterprises linked to environmental conservation help sustain environmental services. Linking upland with lowland and urban communities through environmental services provides opportunities for reinvestment.
  6. Policy Support and Law Enforcement are essential to curb illegal encroachment leading to ecosystem degradation. With adequate policy support, communities of place become more effective custodians of natural resources.
  7. Collaborative Management Plan. Healthy &cost stems and sustainable communities are built on shared responsibilities and decision-making among all stakeholders through joint management plans based on the principle of subsidiary.
  8. Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation. Monitoring the natural resource base and application of the management plan is seen as a means to address accountability, build trust, and promote learning, innovation, and adaptive responses.
  9. Gender and Social Justice in Access To and Control of Natural Resources is the ultimate measure of the sustainability of community-based natural resource management efforts.

Capacity Building

World Neighbor’s purpose is “to strengthen the capacity of marginalized communities to meet their basic needs, and to determine and sustain an equitable and inclusive development process.” The issue of community and organizational capacity building is therefore central to our work.

World Neighbor’s recognizes that we can’t remain in one site for too long- nor would it be desirable to do so. (Project initiatives generally last from 5 to 10 years.) We seek to strengthen local autonomy other than create dependency. This requires transferring responsibilities to local partners, and organisationing out of direct Financial support. In many cases local organizations evolve into NGOs or associations of rural people. Sometimes these organizations can strengthen other local organizations.

This focus on “strengthening local capacity” requires a clear vision about our role as a support organization, and a conscious, explicit strategy to identify and strengthen capacities.


A critical component of World Neighbors’ people-centered approach is empowering women and men to listen to one another and work together to improve their lives. Helping marginalized groups, including women, express their ideas and be heard is an important part of this work.

World Neighbors Approach to Gender

Because of the varied contexts in which World Neighbors operates, World Neighbors does not have one uniform ‘gender approach.’ There are, however, general principles that guide our gender-related work, These include: linking gender relations with concrete needs, involving men and women, using gender-sensitive participatory methods; addressing unequal responsibilities and decision making, and approaching gender issues at a variety of levels.

World Neighbors Programs in Asia

Keep checking these pages for the latest information about our programs in Asia. As field reports are filed, they will be posted on these pages. Also check out our News and Events pages for program updates and late-breaking news. One example is as below-

Where there is a will there is a way.

“Subhadra’s courage and leadership is showing the way for other villages.”

The small village of Nellur is one of hundreds of farming communities scattered across the dry expanses of India’s Deccan Plateau. All of Nellur’s 250 families live off the land and rely on a short rainy season to secure one meal a day. Many of the families do not own the Land they live on. The communities in this area live in extreme poverty and lack access to basic services like drinking water, schools and health facilities.

Life is especially difficult for the women of Nellur, who work an average of 15 hours per day, gathering firewood, cooking and washing, caring for their children and working in the fields with the men. Five of those hours are spent carrying water. Women suffer many health problems due to their low status, heavy workloads  and lack of health care.

“Even pregnant women, work until their date …….. and there many stories of women delivering in the field or on the road,” reports Dr. Subhash Gumaste, Eorld Neighbors Associate Area Representative for India. “The nearest primary health center to Nellur is about 11 kilometers (7miles) away. Before the program begun, the poorest families have never seen the government nurse who was supposed to visit the village once a week.

Contact Us

World Neighbors supporters come from all 50 states and throughout North America. Join together with other World Neighbors supporters for presentation by visiting field staff fund raisers and other special events and exhibits. If you would like to know more about World Neighbors we invite you to contact us:

World Neighbors International Headquarters

4127 NW 122 Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73120 USA

001-800-242-6387 or (405) 752-9700

Fax: 001(405) 752-9393

[email protected]   : Web site-http://

Wadhwani Foundation

Launched in 2000, the Wadhwani Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, an IT entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, California.


Our Mission

To help individuals achieve their full potential, regardless of background.


We believe entrepreneurship is a powerful tool for individuals to realize their potential. Entrepreneurship is more than starting a business; it is a way of thinking, and a critical drive of growth in any economy. Entreneurship bring to market new products and services, and devise better and more efficient ways to operate. In doing so, they create valuable, productive new jobs. Successful entrepreneurs create wealth for themselves, their families, their communities and society.


Our Strategy

We employ a two-pronged strategy to fulfill our mission:


To inspire, educate and nature new entrepreneurs, we develop and fund not-for-profit programs and organizations that create entrepreneurial education, build networks, raise awareness, perform research and help develop a supportive policy environment.


In addition, certain sections of the population need extra support – individuals who due to physical and economic constraints often do not have the opportunity to explore, let alone reach, their full potential. We therefore fund not-for-profit efforts to empower the disadvantaged, with a focus on helping disabled gain productive employment.


For more details on individual activities, please see Programs. For information on the organizations that we have funded please go to Portfolio.


The Foundation does not invest in for-profit business opportunities.



It’s clear: India, like many emerging countries, needs more valuable jobs, in 2000, unemployment among youth with some technical education hovered at almost 24%. And while overall unemployment was 7%, at the same time 26% of India’s population lived below the national poverty line. In other words, many people, while they are working, earn barely enough to sustain themselves And every year increasing numbers enter the job market (Figures above from Planning Commission Report, 2001).


We believe that successful entrepreneurs can help create much-needed productive jobs. But to choose entrepreneurship, and to succeed, individuals need confidence, skills and other forms of support. Entrepreneurs also require a conducive policy environment – one that eliminates unnecessary barriers before them; and encourages their success.


Other individuals, particularly the disabled, require specialized help to succeed, because they have to overcome extraordinary odds before being able to support themselves.


Our programs are designed to provide solutions across this spectrum :

  1. Entrepreneurship Programs
  2. Programs to Empoer the Disabled


Grant Program

The Wadhwani Grant Program funds non-profit organizations with innovative, effective approaches to helping differently-able individuals achieve their potential.



The Wadhwani Foundation Grant Program was developed and launched in 2003 with the first grant cycle starting in August 2003.


The Grant Committee approved grants to the following 4 organizations:

> Mitra Jyothi – Bangalore.

> The Association of People with Disability- Bangalore.

> Spastics Society of Kamataka – Bangalore.

Medical Research Foundation – Chennai.



The Wadhwani Grant Program aims to help thousands of differently-abled people (disabled persons) gain productive employment over the next 10 years, both directly, or indirectly through successful advocacy efforts.



To do this. we are funding a group of non-profit organizations that will offer a full set of mutually reinforcing programs that provide the differently-abled people opportunity to start their own enterprises or to have opportunities to be gainfully employed. The members of this network will be able to leverage each other’s knowledge and resources to increase effectiveness.


We invest in projects or activities where an infusion of funds will make a significant difference, either by increasing scale or quality, or by launching a new effort.


If you are part of an non-profit organization that shares our vision, please contact us and if you are a non profit organization seeking funds please see our ‘Grant Process’ and ‘Proposal Format’ sections.


How to Apply

Each proposal should contain three parts :

  1. Summary Cover Sheet
  2. Description of organization and proposed activity

III.  Budget


  1. Summary Cover Sheet

> Name of organization

> Date accredited

> Contact Information

> Name and title of primary contact

> Address    > Phone  > Fax > Email


Program/Project Summary Information

> Name of project or program seeking funding

> Total organization annual budget, total project budget

> Amount being requested

> Project timing/period – period proposed funding would cover

> Executive summary of proposed program or project, (Please do not exceed 2 paragraphs)


  1. Description of Organization and proposed program or project

Please do not exceed 5 pages. Please cover the following :

> Organizational Information

> Its mission

> The need it is addressing, or the problem it is trying to solve

> Impact to date

> Key activities or programs currently running (in brief)

> Leadership who heads the organization ? Board members ?

> Size of team

> Total annual budget

> Key funders, and other revenue sources (e.g. services or products)

> Program or project for funding requested in this proposal

> The economic, social or health need or problem to be addressed

> The goal, and how impact will be measured (please quantify or describe specifically)

> Target audience – the participants and communities that will benefit

> Project or Program Activity to achieve goals (if this is a new activity for your organizations, please also explain how it fits in with or supports your current activities)

> Background information on the leader and team members for this program or project


III. Budget for the project or program


Eligibility and Criteria

To qualify for a Wadhwani Grant, the applicant must be.

> A legally registered (under 80 G and FCRA) NGO in India.

> Non-religious, non-political, non-biased.


The Foundation funds non-profit organizations who:

> Provide health care; design, manufacture or distribute prosthetics

> Develop and deliver education and skills training to the disabled

> Provide job placements to the disabled or

> Provide advocacy for disabled rights and policy implementation


We fund programs where the grant will significantly increase scale, quality or launch a new effort. In addition to fitting the above mentioned categories, the other important factors are demonstrated management strength, clarity in strategy, ability to scale, and track records of innovation and effectiveness.


Grant Sizes

Grant amounts are flexible. Organizations will be considered for one grant per year, but successful applicants can reapply in following years for additional grants.


Selection and Review process

Selection will be made by a group of advisors and experts from the field, based on the merit of submitted proposals, combined with due diligence performed by the Foundation.


Applicants will be notified of their status within 6 weeks of the meeting of the Grant Committee.


Grant Submission Process

In submission of your proposal please follow the ‘Proposal Format’


* Please submit the proposals (or any enquiries) in English Via email, fax, courier or post to the address given at the end.


Programs to Empower the Disabled

Differently-abled individuals need special help to achieve their full potential. In India, for variety of reasons, including physical and economic constraints, it is often difficult for them to become employed. With the right enablement and support, these individuals can not only achieve the potential but also contribute more value to society.


We seek to help the differently – abled gain productive employment through the following programs.

> The Wadhwani Grant Program (WGP)

> The Wadhwani-Ashoka Fellowships (WAF)


Wadhwani Ashoka Fellowship

The Wadhwani Ashoka Fellowship identifies and supports leading social entrepreneurs who are building non-profit organizations with innovative approaches to solving problems faced by the different-abled.



To empower differently-abled individuals to live independent lives.



Ashoka searches the world for extraordinary individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities. Ashoka invests in these “social entrepreneurs” when no one else will, through stipends and professional services that allow “Ashok Fellows” to focus full time on their ideas for leading social change in education and youth development, health care, human rights, access to technology and economic development.


We are partnering with Ashoka, a global non-profit organization, to support social entrepreneurs working with the differently-abled people. In addition to the support provided by Ashoka, Wadhwani Ashoka Fellows will have access to all our entrepreneurial development programs and resources.



The Foundation’s offices are located in India and USA

> Wadhwani Foundation, Divya Singh Gurbuxani, 2, Bina Apartments, Ground Floor, Guru Gangeshwar Marg, 6th Road, Khar (W), Mumbai400 052, India, Tel: +91 22 26006158

> For any queries please mail us at: [email protected]. or [email protected]

> Wadhwani Foundation, 4015 Miranda Ave, 2nd Floor, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA

> Website:

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) is an international development organisation. At the heart of our contribution to development is international volunteering. Our distinctive competence is working with our partner organisations to bring together skilled professionals from different cultures and backgrounds, enabling them to share skills and learning.



> A world without poverty in which people work together to fulfill their potential.



VSO promotes volunteering to fight global poverty and disadvantage. We bring people together to share skills, creativity and learning to build a fairer world. (Provides skilled experienced professionals to VOs as per their requirement on mutually agreeable terms) As part of VSO Country Strategic Plan. we are making some fundamental decisions about where we will work, how will we work and on what issues. In future VSO India will place volunteers only in the east of the country and in Delhi.


VSO India will focus on three programme areas :

> Disability

> HIV Aids

> Governance


Geographical Focus

The geographical focus of our programme will be in Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh.


Could you be a VSO partner ?

> Would your organisation benefit from new skills and ideas?

> Could training help your co-worker ?

> Do you need support for your new area of work ?

> Is your organisation committed to the sustainability of a volunteer input by ensuring that his/her skills will be acquired and used by your staff after their departure ?


If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you could work with VSO.


To become a VSO partner, your organisation should :

> Work in one of VSO India’s priority development sectors and geographical focus.

> Be able to manage and support the work of a VSO volunteer.

> Share the values of VSO’s work, which are explained in this leaflet.

> Be open to working with people from different backgrounds and cultures, be flexible and tolerant.


How would the partnership work ?

VSO works in partnership with local organisations, both government and non-government, and sometimes with private-sector employers.

> Together, we identical the changes that the employer wants to make.

> If a VSO volunteer can help, we write a placement description together. This sets out the job, the VSO volunteer will be expected to do and the objectives you as the employer want to achieve.

> VSO will seek to recruit and place a suitably qualified and experienced volunteer.

> The host organisation decides, on consideration of the CV and or dialogue whether the volunteer offered is suitable.

> Getting Visa for the volunteer.


The whole process may take up to 6 months and event more than that


Once the volunteer has arrived, VSO, the volunteer and the employer work in partnership to meet the agreed objectives of the placement. Volunteers can work for up to two years, but the length of a placement depend on how long the partner thinks it will take to complete the job. Partnership can be for longer periods, a second and third volunteer might be required. To become a VSO partner, your organisation should work in the above regions and sectors.


Name and contact address of the organization at H.Q. and in India

Voluntary- Service Overseas, B-8/25, Vasant Vihar, New delhi 110 057, Tel: 011-51661030/31/26153051 52/53/ Email : [email protected]

Voluntary service Overseas, 317 Putney Bridge Road, London SW152 PN, UK, Tel : 0044208 7807200, Email : [email protected] , Website :



MITRA was started as an entrepreneurial initiative by a few alumni of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), India in November 2000 with the initial support from ICICI, India’s second largest financial group. MITRA is registered as a not-for-profit company under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 in December 2001.


Since its inception, MITRA has been working towards promoting the spirit of volunteering in India through its flagship program iVolunteer. iVolunteer was founded on the fact that volunteering is becoming a popular way for individuals to give back to society. Its vision is, “An India where people contribute back to the society by sharing their skills and time with those who need it the most”.


iVolunteer works with its network of partner organizations across India to create volunteering opportunities for individuals who want to make a difference to the community. To be able to service the need of individuals and organizations better, it has set up volunteer centres in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chandigarh and Chennai.

If you also need volunteers who are also expert/professional in their respective field you may write to-iVolunteer Overseas

D-134, 1st Floor, East of Kilash, New Delhi, 110-065 India, Telefax : 91-11-26217460. email : [email protected]


The Stichting Kinderpostzegels Netherland (SKN)

Foundation for Children’s Welfare Stamps Netherlands

The stichting kinderpostzegels Nederland – SKN (Foundation for Children’s Welfare Stamp Netherlands) is concerned with raising and allocating funds for the benefit of children under the age of 18 in the Netherlands and abroad. Physically, mentally or socially handicapped children constitute out target group. SKN considers projects from organisations irrespective of race, religion or political conviction.



SKN raises funds by selling special stamps and greeting cards. Every year the Dutch Postal Service issues a series of children’s stamps. These stamps are a little more expensive than regular stamps. The surcharge is transferred to SKN. The first children’s stamps were issued in 1924. Since 1948 a substantial part of the door-to-door sale has been done by schoolchildren.


With the proceeds of the children’s welfare stamps campaign SKN finance hundreds of projects each year, both in and outside the Netherlands. These projects are set up to improve the position of disadvantaged children. The main point is that all children should have equal opportunities to grow up and become independent adults with a respected place in society. Where this opportunity is at stake, the SKN tries to help.



SKN does not have its own offices outside the Netherlands. However, a network of international contacts has been built up. SKN has frequent contacts with other organisations in and outside the Netherlands which work with children, including Dutch co-financing organisations like Novib, Cordaid, Hivos and lcco and international organisations like Defense for Children International.


Third World Countries: criteria and application procedure


Criteria for granting funds

Applications for financial support are submitted to independent committees of experts. The committees consider whether the project proposal meets the criteria as stipulated by SKN. The most important issues in this context are:


Disadvantaged children

SKN is concerned with groups of children living under difficult conditions or children running risks. This may be because of a handicap or on account of social circumstances or limitations in their own environment. The projects that receive financial aid from SKN are therefore, mostly focused on:

Physically and/or mentally handicapped children.

Street and working children.

Children who are victims of abuse, violence, exploitation and/or discrimination.


Children’s rights

SKN endorses the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Children should be taken seriously and, if possible, be involved in the preparation and execution of projects that are concerned with their welfare. The participation of children in these projects is important, because only then the focus of attention will really be directed at their interest.


All applications for financial support .SKN must regard projects that revolve around the child. Children constitute the group that is most at risk in society and the group that can least defend itself. SKN, however, is not in favour of an institutional approach to the problems of children. Institutional care should only be provided in cases where there is no alternative and only as a temporary measure.


Local support

SKN prefers to support projects which are initiated by local communities. Local people are the best judges of the situation and they can see to the integration of the project into the heart of local society. Therefore, SKN values the training of local personnel, social workers and staff members.


Short-term support

SKN prefers to support starting projects, thus providing the opportunity to prove that there is sufficient demand for the facilities offered. The total period of support is limited, as the project should not remain dependent on external financial support.


Ineligible projects

SKN does not fund projects in the field of:

Research and curative medicine.

Formal education, orphanages and means of transport (unless specifically).

Intended for handicapped children).

The cost of clothing, food and medication.

Emergency aid, for instance in case of a natural disaster.

Setting up pre-school centres for children from 0-6 years of age.



All organisations that receive funds are required to keep SKN informed about the project through progress reports. These reports serve to check the use of the funds made available by SKN and to evaluate SKN’s policy on allocation.


Application procedure

Within SKN a committee of experts in the field of international aid and child care has been established. Applications for support are submitted to this committee. Your proposal should address all topics listed in the application checklist.


Application checklist for Third World Countries

In your request for financial support, please address all topics mentioned in this checklist. A correct and complete proposal ensures a swift procedure and a timely reaction to your request. You can print this checklist.


  1. Organisation requesting financial support

Please state:

Name, Address, Postal Code, Municipality, Country

Contact Person

Telephone and fax number

E-mail address


Should the organisation responsible for the execution of the project not be the same as the applicant, please state the name of the executing organisation State the legal position of the applicant in the country where the project will be executed.


Describe the background the purpose of the organisation.

State the name, address, account and SWIFT code of the bank to which money should be transferred.


  1. Project

Please state :

The name of the project

The geographic location of the project

The social-economic situation of the area/region where the project will be executed

Describe the project:

Aim of the project

The number of children which will benefit from the project.

The general situation, reasons and needs for the execution of the project.

What do you want to achieve ?

Is this project part of another project that is already operation. If so, describe its results so far.

Are there any long-term-plans with respect to the project for which you are requesting funds ?

Are there similar projects which have been carried out by the applicant or other people in the same region ? If so, what were the results ?

Which operational measures have been taken to prepare for the project ?

(e.g. existing buildings, detailed planning, cadre formation, equipment, etc.)

What staff is needed; is personnel available for this project ? (professional experience, qualifications etc.)

Are volunteers involved in the project ? If so, how many and what is their role ?

What are the contacts with (representatives of) the target group ? How do they participate in the decision-making process ?

How much time will the realisation of the project take and when do you expect the project to be completely executed ?

Who is responsible for the project ?


  1. Costs

Please attach a copy of your most recent annual financial report.

Please State:

The total budget for the project; attach a detailed budget.

The applicant’s resources for the execution of the project, apart from the running costs. This should include an estimate of the approximate value of land, buildings, livestock etc.

The amount of money that is requested from SKN; specify for which part of the budget.

If the applicant has also asked for assistance from other organisations (including authorities)

than SKN, please state their names and the reactions that have been received and/or may reasonably be expected ?

Indicate the running costs for the project during the first years; state the method and sources of financing that will guarantee the continuation of the project.


  1. Additional

The applicant must guarantee that, incase the requested assistance is allocated, regular reports about the progress of the project will be sent to the SKN.


List of enclosures.

Send signed and dated applications to:

Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland/Foundation for Children’s Welfare Stamps

Schipholweg 73/75




For more information please contact :


Stitching Kinderpostzegels Nederland

Schiphoivveg 73 / 75



Tel: 0031-71-525 9800

Fax: 0031-71-5130147

E-mail: [email protected] , [email protected]


The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF)

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is a company limited by guarantee (No. 5042279) and is a registered charity (No. 1102927) at U.K. Its primary concern is to address issues of inequality and disadvanse, particularly in relation to young people, through the arts, learning and education.


Paul Hamlyn

Paul Hamlyn, entrepreneurial publisher and philanthropist, set up his original charitable Foundation in 1972 and enlarged it substantially in 1987 with a personal gift of U.K. Pound 50 million. From the outset his overriding concern was to open up the arts and education to everyone, but particularly to young people.


Although Paul Hamlyn died in August 2001, his view of the Foundation’s purpose remains at the heart of all our grant giving. His magnificent, bequest of his residual estate to the Foundation is being used to build on that approach.


Priority areas


The Arts


Increasing Access to the Arts

The Foundation is interested in supporting arts initiatives in the UK which address inequality of access and opportunity, particularly among young people, including those ‘at risk’ and young offenders


Education and Learning

The Foundation has a strong interest in combating disaffection and alienation in young people and supports initiatives which try to tackle these issues by encouraging learning and creativity.


Publishing Training Schemes Administered by the Publishing Training Centre The Foundation’s training grants schemes provide much needed support which focuses on:

>  Making skills training available to small publishers (employing ten people or fewer) and freelances who do not have access to the training which some large companies offer.

>  Providing publishing training for the voluntary sector.


For information and application forms please click on the link below. Publishing Training Schemes.



Direct support is given to local projects in India, run by Indian organisations. The Foundation does not support UK organisations working in India. Support focuses on the following areas:

>  development schemes

>  programmes to strengthen NGO’s through training.

>  schemes which benefit disadvantaged children.

Initial consideration of all applications is by the Foundation’s adviser in India, Ajit Chaudhuri, who can be contacted at : [email protected]


Small Grants Programme

Awards up to U.K. Pound 5,000 are made to local schemes that fall within the Foundation’s priority areas. Applications should be for specific projects rather than revenue or deficit funding. The grant requested should represent the major part of the funding required.


Grants will be made for one year only and applications in the following year from the same organisation will not be considered.


How to apply

There is no standard application form but applicants should refer to the ‘Making an Application’ section on page 8 of our Guidance Notes (to download see below). All applications must be accompanied by a Project Details Form which is available either by post from the Foundation or downloaded as a PDF file (see below).


Guidance Notes

Project Details Form

The Foundation was established in 1987 by Paul Hamlyn the publisher and philanthropist who died in 2001. His overriding concern was to address issues of inequality and disadvantage, particularly in relation to young people, and this is the focus of the Foundation’s grant giving programmes. Support is concentrated on projects in the UK which address these issues through the arts and educations. The Foundation also supports a number of local projects in India which are developed by Indian NGOs.


These guidance notes set out the Foundation’s priority areas for funding and should help you to decide whether to make an application for funding. The Foundation also runs its own special projects which focus on areas where there is an urgent need for positive change. These may lie outside the published priorities.


We are happy to receive exploratory phone calls or letters describing your work before you consider making a formal application to the Foundation. We are glad to comment on ideas at an early stage.


There is no standard application form but applicants must address all the questions on page 8 of these notes and complete the enclosed Project Details Form which can also be downloaded from the Foundation’s website.


The Foundation welcomes applications from minority ethnic groups and from organisations based outside London.


For further information about the work of the Foundation, and its special Projects visit :



The Foundation gives direct support to local projects in India, run be Indian organisations. It does not support UK organisations working in India. Focus is on the following areas :

>  Development schemes.

>  Programmes to strengthen NGO’s generally through training information exchange and networking.

>  Scheme which benefit disadvantaged children.


Initial consideration of applications is by the Foundation’s adviser in India. Ajit Chaudhuri, who can be contacted by e-mail at: achaudhuri@hotmail. corn. The funding exclusions described on page 7 of these notes apply equally to projects in India.


The Foundation will only exceptionally consider applications which fall outside its declared areas of interest and priority. lt only considers supporting staff posts as part of a project which falls within its priority areas. Funding from the Foundation is normally for a maximum of three years.


The Foundation does not make grants for any of the following:


>  Genera! appeals or endowments.

>  Capital project.

>  Buying, maintaining or refurbishing properly or equipment.

>  Support for individuals, except where the Foundation has established a special scheme.

>  Performances, production costs, exhibitions, resource packs and publications.

>  Large national charities.

>  Medical causes.

>  Applications for retrospective funding.

>  Organisations which do not have charitable purpose.

>  Research.


If you want to make an application :

>  Talk to us first, or send an outline letter.

>  Complete the enclosed Project Details Form.

>  Write no more than five single sides ofA4 (unbound), with a further page for the budget. Supporting information may be supplied in appendices, but the main statement should be self contained and provide the essential information required by the Trustees.


This should include:

>  what sort of organisation you are.

>  what is the general aim of the project and its specific objectives.

>  how it is to be done and by whom.

>  what problems you anticipate in doing it.

>  whom it is intended to benefit and how many.

>  when it will start and how long it will take.

>  how much money you need and for what purposes-salaries, rent, administration and so forth.

>  how other interested parties will be informed of the outcome.

>  how you will know whether or not it has succeeded.

>  which other fonder you have approached and with what success.

>  if you will need funding beyond the period of the grant, where it is to come from.



Please enclose with your application a copy of your most recent annual report and financial statement, and details of the management and staffing structure, including trustees.

Applications sent by e-mail or facsimile will not be accepted.


Applications will acknowledged when received but it may take some time to assess them. This may involve correspondence and meetings between staff and applicants and will involve consultation with the Trustees, advisers and independent referees.


Applications for sums of U.K. Pound 5,000 or less are handled by a Small Grants Committee which meets monthly, except August and December. Grants will be made for one year only and applications in consecutive years from the same organisations will not normally be considered. Applications received by the first Friday of each month except August and December, will be dealt with in the same month, otherwise the following month, ideally, applications should be submitted at least two months prior to the commencement date of the project.


A second Grants Committee, which meets four times a year. deals with applications for sums from U.K. Pound 5,000 to U.K. Pound 30,OOO.Creneraly these meetings take place in January, April, July and October. Applications should reach the Foundation in the first week of the preceding month.


Applications for sums above U.K. Pound 30,000 will be considered at the quarterly Trustees Meetings. In 2004 it would have taken place in February, May, September and November. The closing date for applications is the first week of the proceeding month. Applications in excess of U.K. Pound 100.000 will be considered in two stages. Trustees will look at an application in principle at a first meeting and, if they wish to take it forward, the full application will be considered at their next meeting.


Although we endeavor to consider applications received by the given closing date of the next relevant meeting we cannot guarantee that applications will be considered at any particular meeting.


How to contact us


Contact Details

Postal Address

18 Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW IH 9AA, Tel : 020 7227 3500, Fax : 020 7222 0601

email : [email protected] , website :



Mr. Ajit Chaudhuri, J-1863, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi 110 019, email: [email protected]


(Financial support broadly for health, edn, disabilities, shelter, street-children etc. The applicant must be a FCRA holder, no connection to political or religious activities and having internal commitments to excellent honesty. The geographical overage is whole of India. Please contact by email or post your concept note or outline letter first)


The Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women, an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice, advocates for and defends women’s human rights by making grants to support women’s groups around the world.


We are part of global women’s movement that is rooted in a commitment to justice and an appreciation of the value of women’s experience. The challenges women face vary widely across communities, cultures, religions, traditions, and countries. We believe that women should have a full range of choices, and that women themselves know best how to determine their needs and propose solutions for lasting change. The way in which we do our work is as important as what we do. This philosophy is reflected in our flexible, respectful, and responsive style of grant making.

The Global Fund makes grants to seed, support, and strengthen women’s rights groups based outside the United States working to .address human rights issues that include :

> Ending Gender-Based Violence & Building Peace

> Ensuring Economic and Environmental Justice

> Advancing Health and Sexual & Reproductive Rights

> Expanding Civic & Political Participation

> Increasing Access to Education 0 Fostering Social Change Philanthropy


Grant Criteria and Application Form


The Global Fund for Women supports women’s groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. We strengthen women’s groups based outside the United States by providing small, flexible, and timely grants rending from $500 to $20,000 for operating and project expenses. We value local expertise and believe that women themselves know best how to determine their needs and propose solutions for lasting change. The groups we fund address issues that include but are not limited to :

> Building Peace & Ending Gender-Based Violence   > Advancing Health and Sexual & Reproductive Rights   > Expanding Civic & Political Participation   > Ensuring Economic & Environmental Justice

>  Increasing Access to Education   > Fostering Social Change Philanthropy



Please note that your group MUST meet all the following criteria to be eligible for a grant

> It is based in a country outside the United States. We do not find US based organizations.

> It demonstrates a strong commitment to women’s equality and human rights that is clearly reflected in its activities.

> It is a group of women working together. We do not accept requests from individuals.

> It is a governed, directed, and led by women. Women must fill all or most of the leadership roles.



The Global Fund receives 3,000 proposals each year and awards just over 400 grants annually. Unfortunately we cannot offer funding to all the groups that meet the above criteria.


We will give priority to group that ;

> Are just beginning or need initial funding, and which do not have access to funds from larger donor agencies. Groups do not need to be registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to qualify for funding.

> Are working on issues that are difficult or controversial for women to raise in their communities, yet are critical to the realization of women’s human rights.

> Are organized and led by women from particularly marginalized populations, including but not limited to : refugees, rural women, lesbians, sex workers, women with disabilities, and women from ethnic, religious, and cultural minorities.

> Are located seek to include the perspectives of those served by or benefiting from its activities.


In addition, please note that the Global Fund does NOT fund the following :

> Individuals

> Scholarships

> Government entitles

> Groups based and working primarily or only in the US

> International organizations proposing projects with local partners.

> Groups headed and managed by men, or without women in the majority of leadership positions.

> Groups. whose sole purpose is to generate income or to provide charity to individuals.

> Political parties or election campaigns.


Exceptions :

Women-focused projects within mixed-gender organizations may occasionally receive support from the Global Fund if they work with particularly marginalized groups: for example, lesbians within lesbian/ gay/ bisexual/ transgender organizations or women within groups of people with disabilities.



You may submit a request in any language, by e-mail, fax, or post. After you submit a proposal, a notice of receipt will be sent within 3 weeks of its arrival at the Global Fund. There are no proposal deadlines. We accept proposals all year, and we award grants every 3 months. Due to the large volume of requests we receive, it can take up to 6 months to review and/or decline a request.



The Global Fund for Women accepts urgent requests for organizing or attending an event. However, a group may only have one proposal of any type under consideration at a given time. These requests will be considered outside of our normal grant cycle due to their time-sensitive nature. Please note that these types of requests must come from organizations, not individuals, and must be received at least 8 weeks before the event. Funds for these types of grants are very limited. You may use the application on this page, or you may use one of the following shorter applications for these urgent types of requests :

Applying for Grants to Organize Events

Applying for Grants to Travel to Events

> In addition, please note that amount granted may be less than the amount requested if and when an award is made.



Thank you for applying to the Global Fund for Women. We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your group. Please briefly answer the following questions so we can better understand your work. Your completed application should not exceed 10 pages. Please do not send us additional materials such as audited financial statements, NGO registration papers, articles of incorporation, organizational by-laws, staff CVs, CD-roms, or videotapes.



> What is the name of your groups ? If you have changed your group’s name recently, also provide the old name.

> Please provide current contact information (mailing address, telephone, fax, e-mail, website). For the mailing address, include the district, state, or province as applicable, as well as the country. For fax and phone numbers, include country and city codes.

> What is your preferred method of communication with us ? (Post, Fax, or E-mail)

> Please share with us the name(s) and titles(s) (e.g., Director, Co-ordinator, etc.) of the leaders) in your group. Please also indicate the gender (male, female, transgender) of the individual.

> Please provide the name and title of the primary contact person for this grant application, if different from # 4. Please also indicate the gender (male, female, transgender) of the individual.

> How did you learn of the Global Fund for Women’s grant making program ? Have you ever applied to the Global Fund before ?



> Grants range from $ 500 to $20,000. What is the total amount of money you are requesting from the Global Fund ? Indicate the currency.

> Please describe how you would use a grant from the Global Fund, including if this request is for a specific project and/or for some of your group’s general operating expenses.

> Please provide a brief budget for your request, and indicate the currency.



> Please tell us about the specific issues, problems, or needs your group addresses.

> Please explain why working on these issues is critical to the advancement of women’s human rights, and describe the context (e.g., social, political, cultural) of these specific issues in your community or region.



> Please tell us when and why was your group formed, and by whom.

> What is mission of your group, and how does it relate to the issues you seek to address ?

> Please describe three to five major accomplishments of your group since it began.

> Briefly describe the main activities of your group. Be specific.

Please tell us about the types of women you serve, work with or support.



> What is the structure of your organization ? Please describe your staff, board, advisors, volunteers, and members, including their roles.

>  Which of the leadership positions in your organization are filled by women, and which are filled by men ? Please be specific.

> Are the women/girls who benefit from your group’s activities represented in the leadership or decision-making of your group?



> Does your group attempt to influence legislation or public policy ? If so, how ?

> Does your group recommend or work for the election of any specific political candidates ?



> How much money did your group spend overall LAST year, including all projects and all operating/ administrative expenses ? Please give one total figure as well as a breakdown by major categories of expenses. Please also indicate the currency.

> How much money does your group plan to spend overall THIS year, including all projects and all operating/administrative expenses ? Please give one total figure as well as a breakdown by major categories of expenses. Please also indicate the currency. Does the total figure for this year’s budget include the amount your are requesting from the Global Fund ?

Please list your group’s major sources of funding.



> If you work with any other women’s groups in your community or country who know your work well, please provide contact information for one or two.

> If you have received funding from any international donors, please provide us with contact information for one or two.

Welcome to the Asia and Oceania Portfolio

Thank you for your interest in the Global Fund for Women. You have chosen India.

To apply for a grant, please read our grant criteria and respond to our application guidelines. If you want to apply for support to organize a meeting or attend a conference, please see our conference request forms.

If you would like to submit a proposal by e-mail and your organization is located in Asia or the Pacific, e-mail [email protected]


The Global Fund for Women

1375 Sutler Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

Tel: (415) 202-7640, Fax: (415) 202-8604, Website:

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was created in 1964 by David Packard (1912-1996) and Lucile Salter Packard (1914-1987). David and Lucile Packard shared a deep and abiding interest in philanthropy.


The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following program areas: Conservation and Science; Population; and Children, Families, and Communities. The Foundation provides national and international grants, and also has a special focus on the Northern California Counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey. We do not accept proposals to benefit specific individuals or that serve religious purposes.


The Foundation’s assets were approximately $5.2 billion as of December 31, 2004. General program grant awards totaled approximately $217 million in 2004. The Foundation has a grant making budget of approximately $200 million in 2005.


Program areas and grant making

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation works to ensure opportunities for all children to reach their potential, to protect reproductive rights and stabilize world population, to conserve and restore the earth’s natural systems, and to encourage the creative pursuit of science. We work to achieve our mission through support of programs in selected issue areas, through support for Special Opportunities and Capacity-Building that is flexible and responsive to the institutional needs of organizations, and through targeted support in Local Areas of historical importance to the Packard family.




The Foundation focuses in three key program areas:

The Conservation and Science Program seeks to protect and restore our oceans, coasts, and atmosphere and to enable the creative pursuit of scientific research toward this goal. The Program makes grants to nonprofit organizations, supports the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and manages the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering.


The Population Program seeks to slow the rate of growth of the world’s population, to expand reproductive health options among the world’s poor, and to support reproductive rights. The Program makes grants to nonprofit organizations.


The Children, Families, and Communities Program seeks to provide access to publicly funded, high-quality preschool programs for all three- and four-year olds; to provide access to health insurance for all children that ensures them appropriate health care; and to provide access to after-school programs that promote positive youth development for all elementary and middle school-aged children in California. The program makes grants to nonprofit organizations and supports the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital.


Special Opportunities and Organizational Effectiveness Funds


In addition to advancing Foundation goals in our three program areas by supporting nonprofit organizations and key institutions, we also believe in the importance of flexible funding to address emerging opportunities as identified by our Board of Trustees and seek to strengthen the organizational effectiveness of grantee organizations and the philanthropic sector through grant making.


Local Area Funds

The Foundation has a long commitment to local areas of historical importance to the Packard family. These include Pueblo, Colorado; Los Altos, California; and the broader four-county area of California encompassing San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties. We make grants in these local counties that advance the goals of our three programs and support various local arts and community organizations which offer important cultural and social services.


In 1998, our Trustees adopted a goal for the Population Program to slow the rate of growth of the world’s population and to expand reproductive health options among the world’s poor.


We are working toward a future where women and couples can fully exercise their reproductive rights; where government provides a supportive climate for reproductive health and family planning services, including a safety net for those who cannot afford to pay; and where a flourishing private and nongovernmental sector provides a diverse range of choices for those who can.


Our grant making emphases are global institutions/global solutions (GI/GS) in the field of population, mobilization, reproductive rights, and future leaders.


We concentrate our geographic grant making in five countries of the developing world (Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the Philippines) and the United States.



Our India subprogram supports the policy of the government of India to slow population growth and achieve population stability by providing information and extending access to quality family planning and reproductive health services to underserved populations in Bihar and Jharkhand. The subprogram also supports the government’s policy to delay marriage and childbearing among young people and to enable them to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.


What We Fund

Population Program activities in India are limited to the states of Bihar and Jharkhand, as they present the greatest need/resource imbalance. Together these states comprise the poorest region in India and have the lowest indicators of women’s status in India, a large unmet need for family planning and reproductive health services, and a high proportion of young people.


We support projects that will contribute to achieving one or more of the objectives under the following two strategic emphases:

  1. To expand people’s access to a wide range of modern contraceptives and related reproductive health services, to increase contraceptive prevalence, and to increase the proportion of couples using modern methods of contraception.
  2. To make modern family planning and reproductive health information and services available to young people and to strengthen their ability to make informed decisions about when to marry; when to have their first and subsequent children; and how to prevent unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortion, and the spread of HIV/AIDS.


What We Do Not Fund

We do not accept unsolicited proposals for project activities in India outside of Bihar and Jharkhand.

For information on how to apply for a grant in this area, please click at

index.cgi? Page=pop-apply


How to apply

Step 1: Does Your Project Fit with Our Guidelines?

Step 2: Submit Your Online Letter of Inquiry

Step 3: The Invitation to Submit a Full Proposal

Step 4: Proposal Review and the Funding Decision


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a private foundation. We accept grant proposals only for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, primarily from tax-exempt, charitable organizations. We do not provide funding for projects that benefit specific individuals or that serve religious purposes.


Step 1: Does Your Project Fit with Our Guidelines?

Our funding priorities are global institutions/global solutions (GI/GS) in the field of population, mobilization, reproductive rights, and future leaders. We concentrate our geographic grant making in five countries of the developing world (Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the Philippines) and the United States.


Please read the guidelines completely and carefully. Your project may fit the general goals of our program, but it is important to read further to find out if your project:

  1. Addresses a program area for which we accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals. Currently, the Population Program accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry and proposals for Mobilization, Reproductive Rights, and country programs in Ethiopia, India, and Nigeria.
  2. Falls within our geographic boundaries
  3. Appears to fit within the particular strategies we have adopted to advance program goals.


Step 2: Submit Your Online Letter of Inquiry

If your work meets the criteria described above, we encourage you to submit a letter of inquiry online. To submit your letter of inquiry using our online application form, please click on the following link: Population Program online letter of inquiry form. If you need assistance at anytime during the online application process, please call our Population Program at 001 (650) 917-4777.


Staff members review letters of inquiry year-round and there are no submission deadlines.


If you are unable to access the online application, you may submit your letter of inquiry by email to [email protected] , by fax to 001 (650) 948-1361, or by regular mail to Population Program, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 300 Second Street, Los Altos, California, 94022, U.S.A. The letter should provide a descriptive title and should explain your project’s objectives, funding needs, and relationship to our specific grant making priorities.


Letters of inquiry submitted online receive immediate confirmation that we have received the request. We will acknowledge receipt of letters of inquiry received by email, fax, or regular mail within three weeks.


Step 3: The Invitation to Submit a Full Proposal

If your request fits within our program guidelines and priorities, you will be asked to submit a full proposal. You will be provided with the necessary information for completing the process at that time.


Step 4: Proposal Review and the Funding Decision

Staff members review each proposal carefully, and we generally meet with the applicant prior to making a recommendation. Foundation staff members will seek to coordinate the timing of the review process with grant applicants. The application, due diligence, and funding decision process normally takes three to six months for most applicants.


For more details please contact or see the web site-


population Program

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

300 Second Street, Los Altos,

California 94022, U.S.A.

Phone: 001(650) 917-4777,

Email: [email protected]



India Office

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

B-5, 2nd floor

Greater Kailash Enclave II

New Delhi 100 048

Tel: 011-51 43 54 68, Telefax : 51 43 54 67

Email: [email protected]

The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance and economic reform and development, women’s participation, and international relations. Drawing on 50 years of experience in the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, policy research.


With a network of 17 offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington, D.C., and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level. In 2003 the Foundation awarded more than $44 million in grants and distributed over 750,000 books and educational materials valued at almost $28 million throughout Asia.


What types of programs does The Asia Foundation

Through staff expertise, co-operation with local partners, and a long history in the region, the Foundation brings distinctive on local issues and has successfully implemented thousands of programs that benefit current and future generations. Program areas include :

  • Economic reform and development • Law and governance reform
  • Elections • Human rights
  • Women’s programs • The environment
  • International relations • Information and communications technology


How do I apply for a grant ?

The Asia Foundation is not a general grant foundation. Our go to specific organizations in the Asia Pacific that fall within our programming areas of women’s participation, governance and international relations, and economic reform and development do not give funding to individuals that are not affiliated with projects or with institutions with which we collaborate. Most of Foundation’s grants go to organizations in Asia. For more information, please visit our grant guidelines page.


Who is The Asia Foundation’s staff?

Foundation program staff, both in the U.S. and Asia, hold a wide range of expertise, as well as years of experience throughout region. See Experts Guide. The Foundation has 350 employees both in the U.S. and Asia.


How does The Asia Foundation receive funding ?

The Asia Foundation’s budget comes from a combination of private corporations, individuals, and foundations, successful competition for funding from governmental and multinational development agencies, and an annual appropriation from the Congress.


Who are The Asia Foundation’s grantees?

The Foundation collaborates with private and public partners in Asia to support leadership and institutional development, technical assistance, organize exchange, conduct policy research, and develop educational materials. During the past years, the Foundation has supported more than 1000 non-governmental organizations throughout Asia.


Committed to growing philanthropic giving to and within Asia, Foundation helped establish and support the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium (APPC), and has also developed a partner foundation, Give2 Asia, which provides personalized services to help donors fulfill their charitable goals in Asia.


Women’s Advancement Fund

The Women’s Advancement Fund is a focused effort to provide education and training opportunities to disadvantaged women and girls in nearly dozen Asian countries. This program will provide needy individuals with the skills and confidence they need to participate in their communities as active citizens, entrepreneurs, and political leaders – rather than as victims caught in a cycle of poverty, exploitation, and abuse.


Overview – Women’s Program

Since 1954, the advancement of women’s rights and the full participation of women in society has been a central programm of The Asia Foundation. The Foundation is a leader in designing and implementing programs to improve the social, economic, political rights and opportunities of women. Programs focus on: building the capacity of women and women’s groups to in political processes and public life, expanding women’s economic opportunities and legal rights, increasing access to education, supporting efforts to reduce trafficking and violence against women, and mobilizing women in broad societal Foundation programs help local organizations develop effective strategies to advocate for their agendas and build networks and across borders. This has proved powerful not only in accelerating progress in each country, but also in facilitating co-

ordination and collaboration among women and women’s groups throughout the region. The Foundation has also helped link women’s groups with allies in government and civil society, well as with international networks and organizations that can support to their efforts.


Overview – India Program

The Asia Foundation’s non-resident program in India addresses issues vital to the country’s continued economic and political evolution and emerging role in the international community. The Asia Foundation provides support to Indian institutions working to address important issues regarding international relations, the environment, women’s participation, information technology, and philanthropy. The Foundation’s engagement India dates back to the mid-1950s, when it provided project support for government, non-profit, and civil society and leaders. The Foundation maintained a resident office in Delhi from 1962 to 1968, and has continued a non-resident program to support for selected activities since then. In the early years, the Foundation provided books to local libraries, fellowships and scholarships for Indian students, and supported research and conferences on India’s democracy. In the early 1980s, the Foundation arranged and funded short and long-term study programs in the U.S. for several hundred Indian including many senior government officials. More recently, the Foundation enabled more than 50 Indian environmental leaders share experiences with counterparts in the United States short-term fellowship programs.



The Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium (APPC), of which The Asia Foundation is a founding member and supporter, published seven country studies in 2002, including “Giving and in India.” The volume reports the results of a pioneering survey charitable giving and volunteering in a sample of 6,500 urban households. It presents 18 case studies of successful efforts by Indian NGOs to raise private funds locally through a variety of fundraising methods. The study is being widely publicized the press and in seminars conducted by Sampradaan, the Center for Philanthropy in Delhi, which organized the study, is among the five countries included in APPC’S current study of Philanthropy and Law in South Asia. The study is being by teams of local scholars in each country and will provide baseline data for non-profit law reform efforts in the five.



The Asia Foundation supports The Sankat Mochan Foundation Varanasi, India, in its Campaign for a Clean Ganga (Ganges). Program has drawn attention to the plight of the dangerously polluted river, and draws upon the resources and talent of numerous volunteers in India, Europe, and the United States objective of the campaign is to clean the polluted river in the city Varanasi (Banaras), and to extend the use of successful clean-models to cities in the Ganges Basin that are most affected by river pollution. In 2002, the Foundation supported the Jal Foundation’s water management project in the Marwar region. The program focuses on the construction of water harvesting storage structures with an emphasis on community mobilization. The Foundation also conducted a three-day NGO-Business Environmental Partnership working group meeting at the Society for Development Alternatives in Delhi, involving Foundation staff from Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United States.


Contact Address & Phone/Fax


The Asia Foundation, 465 California Street, 9th Floor, San Francisco, CA94104, USA Tel: 001-(415) 982-4640, Fax :001-(415) 392-8863, Email : [email protected] Website:

Sight & Life

SIGHT AND LIFE is a humanitarian initiative of DSM. This homepage gives information about our aims and activities and it is intended to help in project work for the elimination of vitamin A deficiency and to improve nutrition in developing countries.


About us gives overall information on our mission, on some of the projects as well as of vitamin A. Facts and figures can be found under frequently asked questions (FAQ).


News contains miscellaneous information about our organisation as well as information not fitting to other topics. We will try to update this page continuously.


Information is a collection of all the documents on vitamin A. It contains those issued by SIGHT AND LIFE as well as publications from other sources with the aim facilitating the access, to information in other languages. Documents in French, Spanish, German and in other languages are presented. The SIGHT AND LIFE Newsletter contains various levels of news on projects, scientific results and literature overviews.


Tools are intended to support communication and training. Examples of presentations are given. Slide sets issued by SIGYT AND LIFE can be used to prepare own talks. Various materials are available for project work. A new tool available is the SIGHT AND LIFE vitamin A intake calculator.


In order to avoid downloading large files, a CD with the SIGHT AND LIFE website is available (status October 2004).



SIGHT AND LIFE is dedicated to the prevention and eradication of nutritional blindness and all forms of vitamin A deficiency in developing countries.


SIGHT AND LIFE is a humanitarian initiative of DSM.


It is aim of the Task Force SIGHT AND LIFE to raise awareness of vitamin A deficiency as a public health problem, and it is dedicated to effectively fighting this condition.


The Task Force was founded in 1986 by Roche and has been taken over by DSM in October 2003. It is entirely financed by DSM. We do not engage in any fund-raising activities. This allows maximum flexibility.


Vitamin A

In developing countries 200-300 million children of preschool age are at risk of vitamin A deficiency. Every year about 500,000 of them lose their sight. The majority (about 70%) die within one year. It has been shown that improving the vitamin A status of young children in deficient populations leads to a reduction in all-cause mortality of about 23%. Improved vitamin A nutrition would be expected to prevent up to 2.5 million deaths annually among children under 5 years.



SIGHT AND LIFE was set up in 1986 by the healthcare company F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd to help in the tight against vitamin A deficiency in developing countries. SIGHT AND LIFE is a non-profit humanitarian programme. In October 2003 SIGHT AND LIFE was taken over by DSM. DSM is active worldwide in life science products, performance materials and industrial chemicals (


Who makes up the Task Force SIGHT AND LIFE ?

The Task Force consisted of one full-time manager and specialists drawn from various Roche departments. Under the new organisation within DSM a suitable structure will be established.


How does SIGHT AND LIFE participate in the fight against vitamin A deficiency ?

SIGHT AND LIFE distributes free vitamin A. It also supports research projects and education and training programmes. The know-how of DSM is made available. SIGHT AND LIFE does not create new organisationals tructures; instead, it concentrates on cooperating with organisations that are managing local projects.


SIGHT AND LIFE is distributing vitamin A capsules in poor regions. Isn’t there a danger that recipients will become dependent on this supply ?


The involvement of SIGHT AND LIFE is never limited to vitamin A donations. A vitamin A deficiency prevention programme always includes information about healthy nutrition and the importance of eating foods rich in vitamin A. These campaigns are all aimed at implementing solutions that are sustainable without vitamin A capsules.




PO Box 2 II 6. CH-4002 Basel, Switzerland


Physical address for courier, parcels or other mailings:

DSM Nutritional Products


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CH-4303, Kaiseraugsl, Switzerland

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Save the Children UK

Save the Children was founded in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb, in the UK. Angered by the plight of children starving as a result of the economic blockade due to the war, she vowed to help children in distress everywhere, regardless of their race, creed or religion, and declared “Every war, just or unjust, is a war against the children”.


In 1923, she drafted the Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the League of Nations, and led in turn to the UN Declaration of the Rights of the child in 1959 and finally the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. Today Save the Children and its partner organisations help to change the lives of millions of children in more than 70 countries. All programmes are supported by caring and concerned individual donors, corporate as also through bio-lateral and multi-lateral funds.


Save the Children work to achieve lasting benefits for children within the communities in which they live by influencing policy and practice based on its experience and study in different parts of the world. In all its work Save the Children endeavours to make a reality of children’s rights.


Our Vision

We look forward to a world which

>  Respects and values each child.

>  Listens to children and learns.

>  Where all children have hoped and opportunity.


Our Mission

In a world, which continues to deny children their basic human rights we

>  Champion the rights of all children to a happy, healthy and secure childhood.

>  Put the reality of children’s lives at the heart of everything we do

>  Together with children, we are helping to build a better world for present and future generations.


Our Values

Our values underpin everything we do and is reflected in all our communications. We are Child-focused : We try to view the world through children’s eyes.


Ambitious but practical : We set our sights high for children, but we accept that our main responsibility is a practical one. We concentrate on making a real difference to children’s lives.


Independent : We are prepared to be radical and outspoken.


Open : We work without prejudice of any kind. We learn from our experiences, both our success and OUT failures and we share these widely and honestly.


Collaborative : We seek to work with others whenever we can, in order to achieve more for children.


Accountable : We are responsible to : children, their families and communities as well as to those who support our work. Professionally and financially, we are sound, scrupulous, efficient and effective.


A Team : We value diversity in those who work for Save the Children. We have to balance many expectations, but we support each other through our shared purposes.


Global Programme

Based on an assessment of the most important internal and external challenges which we face in our work. Save the Children has set itself the organisational goal of building a coherent, effective global programme, capable of bringing children to the centre of social development across the world.


Six core areas for -work have been identified as focal points for Save the Children’s work around the world

>  Social Protection, Welfare and Inclusion.

>  Education.

>  Health.

>  Food Security and Nutrition.


>  Children and Work.


The International Save the Children Alliance

SC UK is part of a wide network of Save the Children organisations around the world – the International Save the Children Alliance, which aims to be a truly international movement for children.


The Alliance is a federation of member countries, which have similar vision, mission and values for children and have come together because :

>  They share a common identity and are working towards the same goals.

>  They have different strengths that can complement one another.

>  They can be more effective and influential if they work together.


Save the children began working in India in the pre-independence days by providing relief during emergencies. The sponsorship programme targeting individual children started in the mid 1960s. In October 1975 Save the Children opened its office in India, in New Delhi.


Save the Children UK in India


Strategic Issues for Save the Children in India

There is a wide range of issues that adversely impact on children in India, making them especially vulnerable. However, Save the Children has chosen to address five core issues for the period of 2001-04. These issues are


>  Children and Work    >  Quality Education   >  MV/AIDS

>  Violence against Girls    >  Food Security


These have been selected because :

>  We consider there is reasonable potential to affect significant change in children’s lives in India in the medium term.

>  We can make good use of existing work and partnerships in India, and to develop new ways of working on these issues to broaden impact.

>  They come within Save the Children’s global priorities and competencies so we can link with regional and global resources.


Cross cutting issues

Save the Children will strive to ensure that cross-cutting issues such as Disability, Gender Private Sector and Citizenship will be incorporated effectively into our work.


Child Rights Programming

Save the children is committed to children’s Rights Programming as an approach to all its work. The overall goal is to create an environment, which is respectful to children’s rights. We are therefore committed:

>  To address the constraints on the realisation of children’s rights, to build up and sustain a constituency of support for children’s rights, including children themselves.

>  To create effective accountability among those with formal obligations for the protection of children’s rights.


Within the Child Rights Programming framework, all activities are seen as contributions to achieving the overall goal, whether practical action, research, advocacy or any other initiative at different levels-local, national and international.


Working in partnership

Working in partnership is an important principle of Save the Children’s work approach. One of our key partners children, who are active and legitimate holders of rights which they can exercise themselves in accordance with their maturity and experience.

We implement our programme through partner organisations, by providing both funding and non-funding support. With them, we seek a two way process of learning and influencing.


Where We Work

Save the Children programmes are located in selected areas in seven states of India and managed by four Zonal Offices. The Central office in Delhi provides programme and administrative support to the zonal offices as well as representing Save the Children at the national level.


Issues we work on


Quality Education

“We believe that children have the right to quality education”


Objectives for the India programme

>  To increase the enrolment, retention and benefits received for children, especially those most vulnerable and marginalised, in both primary and pre-primary schools, through a focus on child focused, gender sensitive and friendly learning environments.

>  To increase the involvement of children and communities in determining education policy and influence in school management.

>  To ensure that education policy makers will make a reality of the commitments made by the Indian government at the World Education Forum, through developing concrete action plans at National and State level to achieve their goals on equity, access and quality of education.



“We believe that children have the right to information and services to help them avoid HIV”.


Objective for the India Programme

>  To reduce the vulnerability of children and young people to HIV infection in project intervention areas through informed choices.

>  To influence policy makers on successful approaches to reduce children’s vulnerability.

>  To ameliorate the impact of HIV/AIDS on children affected by or living with HIV/ AIDS in high prevalence areas through increased awareness and support from families, communities and state, through addressing discrimination, poverty, property rights and access to health and education services.


Children and work

“We believe that children have the right to be protected against dangerous and exploitative work”.


Objectives for the India Programme

>  To ensure that working children’s voices are heard and that their views are integrated in interventions designed to combat hazardous and exploitative child labour.

>  To reduce the number of children in hazardous and exploitative work through increased effectiveness of legislatiion, codes of conduct, improved working conditions and more responsible social attitudes and corporate practice. This will be based on a better unstanding of the realities of the lives of girls and boys at work, creation of choices and promoting access to quality education.


Food Security

“We believe that children have the right not to go hungry in a world where there is enough food for everyone”.


Objectives for the India Programme

>  To understand local coping mechanisms, and predict the impact of crisis on children in terms of nutrition, education and child work, promoting effective responses.

>  To support national and state government and international agencies to ensure responses are effective to secure long-term benefits to children.


Violence against girls

“We believe that Children have the right to basic care and protection, and that children who are marginalised because of poverty, disability or gender should have the same opportunities as others”.


Objectives for the India Programme

>  “To support girls and boys to analyses and to increase the awareness in the target communities of violence and discrimination against girls.

>  To reduce violence in target communities through change of attitudes amongst boys, families, teachers, police, health workers, community and religious leaders and the media.

>  To support girls and boys to monitor attitude change and violence levels.


“As long as we are young, we study, we are loved, we are given things. As we grow older our rights to these become less and less”.


Emergency mandate

Save the Children is organisationally mandated to respond to emergency situations and has a long and global experience of working in emergencies. The specific competencies developed are in health, food security, nutrition, tracing of separated children, education, disability and HIV/AIDS. While Save the Children does respond to the immediate needs of children and their families, it tries to do so with their development needs in mind.


In India we have a long experience of working on the issue of emergency, starting from the pre independence period. Lately we have been involved in responses to the Orissa Super Cyclone, persistent drought in Rajasthan, floods in West Bengal and Orissa and the Earthquake in Gujarat. In our interventions, we have been acutely conscious about the needs of the children and we have ensured that they are addressed. We aim to restore normalcy for children as quickly as possible. As part of our advocacy work during emergencies, we aim to place children on the agenda of other organisations too.


The Individual Child Support Programme (ICSP)

The sponsorship programme worked with individual children and started in the mid 1960s, by providing support in the form of financial input for appropriate education and counseling to the children who would have not been able to access facilities available to their peers elsewhere.


This form of support is being phased out since 1994 and will be completely discontinued after March 2003.


Save the Children UK


Director General, 17, Grove Lane, Camberwell

London SE 5 8RD, United Kingdom

Tel: 00 44-207- 7035400, Fax: 0044-207-7937610


Save the Children UK

(Country Office)

Progmmme Director

A 20 Kailash Colony, II Floor, New Delhi – 110048

Tel: 011-2 6441174/75/76, Fax : 011-2 6443740


North Central India Office

Zonal Director

20, Kiran Path, Surej Nagar, Civil Lines, Jaipur – 302 006

Rajasthan, Tel: 0141-2225078, Fax: 0141 -2226013


North West India Office

Shey Lompo House, Near Larimo Hotel,

Fort Road, Leh-194101, Ladakh

Tel : 01982-252135, Fax: 01982-251164


West Bengal Office

Zonal Director

Flat I- C, 1st Floor

37 A, Garcha Road

Calcutta – 70001, West Bengal

Tel : 033 – 24741245

Fax : 033 – 24769478


South Zone Office

Zonal Director

Plot No. 8, 1st Floor,

D.No. 6-3-852/2/B/6-1,

Aparajitha Housing Colony,

Ameerpet, Hyderabad – 500 016 (AP)

Tel : 040-26632384

Fax: 040-23411628


For any further information you can contact us at [email protected]