Our mission is to contribute to lasting improvements in the lives of the world’s poorest

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OUR APPROACH

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.

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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.

OUR STORY

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.

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OUR TEAM

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Fábio Couto

Strategy Manager

Fabio is a development strategist experienced in designing and implementing high-impact interventions to drive sustainable change. He is passionate about leveraging innovative approaches and analytics to empower people living in underprivileged conditions.

With a background in the private sector he was most recently appointed by the World Food Programme to provide strategy and analytics advisory to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, and to run the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters, a $300 M value-chain program doubling the income of 4 million subsistence farmers and strengthening food security.  

Fabio has worked in Latin America, Europe and Africa, and holds an MBA from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

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Sarah Kohnstamm

Country Manager, Malawi

Sarah is a humanitarian who has worked in development since apprenticing at a local government participation office in Otavalo, Ecuador in 2006. She has devoted her career to participatory development, working collaboratively with local and national governments, communities, program participants and partners in Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ecuador. She aims to ensure everyone, especially those with the fewest resources, can build a life with clean water, good food, a safe home and a fair income on a livable planet.

Sarah holds an MA in Poverty and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK.

Sarah is based in Lilongwe, Malawi.

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Jani Moliis

Strategy Manager

Jani is an expert in social value creation, with over 15 years of experience on improving the effectiveness and impact of organizations delivering value for citizens. He has worked for top-tier management consulting companies, such as McKinsey & Company, and for public sector organizations at the local, national and international levels. While employed at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, he worked for three years as a governance advisor for Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and Office of the President.

 

Jani’s hometown is Helsinki, Finland, where he has lived in the same neighborhood all his life, except for his years abroad living on four different continents. He holds a Master of Social Sciences degree from Helsinki University.

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Michael Park

Executive Director

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.

Our Approach

Our strengths lie in our agile action, entrepreneurial problem solving, and active engagement from investment to design to implementation.

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