Our mission is to contribute to lasting improvements in the lives of the world’s poorest
Agility, impact, and cost-effectiveness
As an impact-driven foundation, we aim to be a trusted partner to governments and implementing organizations. We are a nimble team with the flexibility to invest in approaches that may lie outside the scope or mandate of other donors led by specific agendas. We make investments where they can have the most impact and co-design solutions to drive sustainability at scale. Our strengths lie in our agility, commitment to cost-effectiveness, and active engagement all the way from investment to design to implementation.
While our current portfolio focuses on interventions in health, education, and nutrition, we are open to explore additional opportunities based on the potential for cost-effectiveness. We are committed to enabling healthy and productive lives. Therefore, our interventions and partnerships have generally targeted young children and women of childbearing age to allow for positive change across lifetimes and generations.
We are business-minded, impact-oriented entrepreneurs that utilize the power of data to inform our thinking when co-designing interventions with our partners. While we are based in the US, we are operating on the ground in Malawi and intending to expand to additional countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to stay geographically present where our work can have the most impact.
We seek the most cost-effective ways to create impact for the world’s poorest. That means doing the right thing – and doing it right.
Our work started in 2008 in the Kwitanda catchment area of the Balaka district in Malawi. By working in cooperation with the Malawian government and local partners, we explored how to build a more resilient health system while maximizing long-term impact. Since then, we have continued to center our work around sustainable interventions and scalable solutions to improve access to health services, quality education and serve the people that need it the most.
Through our work we have seen that by assessing the relationship between cost and the impact of interventions, we can maximize our contribution and improve the lives of the world’s poorest. This approach helps us compare one potential intervention to another and informs how we get most impact out of the money invested. To us, this is not just being smart about how money is spent but being strategic and informed on how to serve most effectively those in need.
Mike is a primary care physician and former management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he served clients across the private, public, and social sectors in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
His previous work also includes helping to develop and launch the Access to Nutrition Index and establish the Aspen Management Partnership for Health. He holds a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.
Mike is based in Colorado, where he enjoys cycling, skiing, and hiking with his family.
Country Manager, Malawi
Kondwani is a Malawian with over twelve years of experience working in multiple African countries and Germany. He is a statistician and former management consultant with a background in academia, business, and entrepreneurship.
He is particularly interested in leveraging the power of technology to deliver effective development programs for lasting systemic change particularly within government institutions in developing countries.
Kondwani is based in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Our strengths lie in our agile action, entrepreneurial problem solving, and active engagement from investment to design to implementation.