We believe the best ideas and capacity to address global development challenges already exist among local leaders worldwide. Through trusted field partners, we find and listen to local leaders and their project ideas for development, connecting them with investment and opportunity. Prioritizing those often marginalized, we favor investing in women-led efforts, and projects that target improved outcomes for women and girls.
To date, World Connect has invested more than $5 million in over 1,550 projects across 40 countries. Our investments go directly to communities, to launch their own project ideas, and 93% is spent locally. Trusting is key to success.
We track 400+ indicators of success across our projects and our model using our custom-built database. 95% of our projects achieve their goals, 83% are sustaining their work beyond our investment, and 65% are women led. Less than 1% of projects have lost funds to misuse.
Our aim is to achieve project-level impact in four sectors – health, educational, environmental, and economic – especially for women and girls, and also to strengthen local leadership, resource mobilization, and social capital. 100% of communities co-invest cash in their projects, and 57% of projects have generated additional local development. Each project success reveals the tremendous potential of a local approach to global development.