Regional Briefs

Read about GFC’s work around the world–including photos, regional maps, and information about GFC’s grassroots partners–in the following briefs:

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Latin America & the Caribbean

Our partners in Latin America and the Caribbean are located in cities, slums, and rural areas, working to reduce child labor, increase school enrollment, provide vocational training and mentoring, and offer psychosocial support to displaced or marginalized youth.

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Africa and the Middle East

Across Sub-Saharan Africa, our partners address a broad range of issues associated with HIV/AIDS, refugees, gender-based violence and gender disparities, and educational access and quality, including early childhood education. In North Africa and the Middle East, our partners focus on creating educational opportunities for vulnerable children, including refugees, displaced children, and children living in slums.

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Europe and Eurasia

A large number of our partners in this region, particularly those in the former Soviet Union, concentrate on supporting education initiatives for populations that have been underserved since the breakdown in post-communist institutional care, such as disabled children and orphans.

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East & Southeast Asia

Many children and youth in East and Southeast Asia are absent from government statistics, programs, and policies. Our partners work to find and protect these children, including migrant and street-based children; trafficked children and youth; young people living with HIV/AIDS; indigenous, tribal, rural and ethnic minority populations in remote areas; and children in conflict zones.

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South Asia

Our partners in South Asia serve some of the poorest and most marginalized children and youth in the world. They address a wide range of issues, including the specific needs of street children, child laborers, children living in slums, child waste-pickers, and children and youth belonging to marginalized groups and tribal populations.

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Issue and Program Briefs

Safety (2016 – 2017)
Millions of children around the world live on the fringes of society—in places like refugee camps, slums, and prisons—where they have to fight to survive, let alone pursue their dreams. Find out how GFC grassroots partners work tirelessly to help children who are trapped in dangerous or hazardous situations, giving them holistic care and helping them to rebuild their lives.

Education (2016 – 2017)
Migrants and refugees, children in conflict areas, children with disabilities, girls, child laborers, and rural children struggle to access quality education and achieve their potential—but GFC’s grassroots partners are especially effective at providing them with opportunities to learn. Find out more in our education issue brief.

Early Childhood Development (2016 – 2017)
Studies show that quality early childhood development programs are one of the most cost-effective ways to promote a healthier, more resilient society—yet marginalized children are the least likely to have access to these programs. GFC is committed to giving children a strong start in life by promoting, supporting, and strengthening grassroots ECD initiatives for vulnerable children worldwide.

Girls (2016 – 2017)
When a girl in the developing world reaches adolescence, she is faced with divergent paths: will she stay in school, or get married? Can she even afford school, and will she be safe there? Learn how GFC’s partners transform the lives of teen girls, making sure they are on the path to success.

Child Trafficking (2016 – 2017)
More people are enslaved today than at any other time in human history. Millions of them are children. Find out how GFC grantees work step-by-step with trafficked children to attain lives of freedom and hope.

Migrants & Refugees (2016 – 2017)
Whether displaced by war, being trafficked for labor, or simply seeking better opportunities, millions of children worldwide are in limbo between cultures and communities. Discover grassroots approaches to serving at-risk children whose lives have been uprooted.

War & Conflict (2016 – 2017)
War affects people of all ages, but it has a particular and lasting impact on children. This brief shows grassroots approaches to protecting, healing, and empowering children who have been traumatized by war and violence.

Emergency Response (2014 – 2015)
When catastrophes happen, we provide rapid-response grants and long-term aid to our grassroots partners on the front lines. Learn why community organizations are best positioned to deliver efficient and effective support to children affected by disasters and emergencies.

Measuring the Impact of Small Grants (January 2011)
Over the years, we have developed a set of metrics to better measure and assess the impact of our grantmaking, while maintaining our cost-conscious and mission-driven approach. Get the details on our metrics evaluation framework in this brief.

Grantee Report: The Centre for Domestic Training and Development (December 2010)
Take a look inside one of our grantee partners in Kenya: The Centre for Domestic Training and Development is the only organization in the greater Nairobi area that is reaching, rescuing, rehabilitating, and reintegrating child domestic workers.


AR16 CoverAnnual Report (2015 – 2016)
This year, The Global Fund for Children supported 210 grassroots organizations in 53 countries with $2.4 million in cash grants, complemented by nearly $2 million in capacity-building services and program support. Read the full report for stories, photographs, impact statistics, and more.

To see GFC’s past annual reports, click here.

A Grassroots Manifesto (2013)
GFC is committed to supporting change at the community level. But grassroots grantmaking requires a different approach than top-down charity models. With 19 years of experience in the field, we’ve boiled down our approach to five essentials for excelling in the most exciting philanthropy happening today.

Transformation Brochure (2013)

Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015: Transformation (2012)
GFC’s priorities advance three intersecting goals: (1) transforming the lives of the world’s vulnerable children, (2) supporting sustainable grassroots organizations, and (3) multiplying impact through influence and leverage.

Report: Invisible Children (2011)
Our grassroots partners serve many of the world’s most vulnerable children, including so-called invisible children—those who lack societal recognition and protection and are often physically removed from public view. Although these children are in dire need of support, the circumstances of their vulnerability make them particularly difficult to find, identify, and serve.

Measuring the Difference We’re Making: Making Metrics Work for Grantmakers (February 2010)
In 2010, GFC convened a meeting for intermediary grantmakers on tracking the results of small grants made to community-based organizations. “Measuring the Difference We’re Making” discusses GFC’s evaluation tools and details the challenges, issues, and conclusions covered in this grantmakers’ dialogue.



Communities of Practice and the Multiplier Effect (June 2015)
A decade ago, only a few grassroots organizations were reaching adolescent girls, and they often operated in isolation in a constant struggle to secure funding. In this article co-authored by GFC’s executive vice president Victoria Dunning, find out how six grantmaking organizations—including The Global Fund for Children—came together to bring about a united “community of practice” for advancing the rights of girls worldwide.

The Global Recession: Reaching Every Corner (December 2010)
We believe grassroots organizations understand how to communicate, collaborate, and make the most of every resource. Community-based organizations in developing nations have taken a hit, but in “The Global Recession: Reaching Every Corner,” we show how they remain resilient and dedicated to their work.

Culturally Adapted Models of Early Childhood Education (November 2010)
We invest in organizations that are led by people who live and work in the community, because these grassroots leaders understand the children’s unique needs. This article investigates the effectiveness of inclusive and culturally relevant early childhood programs.

Measuring the Effectiveness of Grantmakers and Grantees (March 2010)
How do we assess the effectiveness of our grassroots investments and our grantees’ work with vulnerable children? Read about the metrics framework we developed to better measure the impact of our grantmaking in “Making Metrics Work for Small Grantmakers.”