Our mission is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and social injustice. Our interventions aim to achieve large-scale, positive changes through economic and social programs that enable women and men to realize their potential.
Our investments aim to expand people's agency over their own lives.
How do I get off the street? What could I do to help my children thrive? Which benefits am I entitled to - and how can I access them? We are most interested in solutions that help people navigate concrete challenges.
We find that promising approaches often have "cold" components that would appeal an economist (in that they overcome information failures) as well as "warm" components that would appeal to a psychologist (in that they account for how humans make sense of their life experiences).
We are particularly keen on approaches that build on data & technology, and on existing networks & platforms, to offer customized support at a massive scale. Our long-term vision is a vibrant ecosystem of players continuously testing agency-oriented approaches, reaching hundreds of millions of people, and sharing insights across thematic and geographic silos.
Ours isn't the only way to address poverty and marginalization. But we think it's impactful, respectful, and under-appreciated.