- Focus areas
We group projects together in what we call focus areas. Below you can find brief descriptions and links to both more information and projects for each focus area.
Water and sanitation
2.6 billion people lack sanitation and 800 million can't access safe drinking water. The impact of this is dramatic. A dozen jumbo jet loads of children die every day from related illness and a vast body of people remain unable to contribute to the world’s growth.
At least 80 million children do not attend school, 60 per cent of whom are girls. More than half of these live in a conflict area. 771 million people are illiterate, of whom 75 per cent are female. Many who have been to school lack the vocational skills needed to get a job.
Small-scale producers in rural and urban areas can be hit dramatically by international competition, the effects of climate change, and fluctuations in food or energy prices. Many of these entrepreneurs, often farmers, are chronically poor. Yet they can thrive if they have access to wider markets, financial services and development assistance.
Health is one of the fundamental universal human rights. Yet many people live in unhealthy conditions and do not have access to health care, with the poor, women, children and disabled people being particularly vulnerable.
IT and communication
Many now have access to mobile phones long before they get decent education, water supply, sanitation and many other services. By making the most of mobiles, the web, PCs and more traditional media such as radio, tremendous development is possible in a short space of time.
When people get access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation, they can lift themselves out of poverty fast.