Program Partners


Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting bold ideas with big impact in global health. Funded by the Government of Canada through the Development Innovation Fund announced in the 2008 Federal Budget they fund innovators in low and middle income countries and Canada. Grand Challenges Canada works with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and other global health foundations and organizations to find sustainable long-term solutions through integrated innovation - bold ideas which integrate science, technology, social and business innovation


The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years.


Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health with vaccines and other life-saving tools and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.


The objective of Norway’s development policy is to fight poverty and bring about social justice. The Government has achieved its target of allocating 1 percent of gross national income to international development.

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The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK government’s effort to fight global poverty. DFID’s overall aim is to reduce poverty in poorer countries, in particular through achieving the Millennium Development Goals.


Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) was established in April 1991, as the Korean government agency responsible for grant-based foreign aid.  To more effectively combat poverty and support sustainable socioeconomic growth of partner countries, KOICA is expanding partnerships with other donor agencies, international organizations, and both domestic and global private players, while seeking out new actors with applicable innovations and technologies.


The Planet Wheeler Foundation was established in 2008 by Maureen and Tony Wheeler, founders of Lonely Planet Publications.

Planet Wheeler is based in Melbourne, Australia and currently funds over 50 projects in the developing world. The foundation's purpose is to support practical and effective projects which make a difference in the alleviation of poverty.


The DAK Foundation was founded by Dave and Kerry Rickards and is a small group of diverse individuals, focused on providing maximum humanitarian benefit to people in need in the developing world, in the most effective way possible, always bearing culture and context in mind.

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The Laby Foundation was continues the legacy of Thomas Howell Laby, former Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.