RESULTS Educational Fund Programs
At RESULTS we know that voting is only the starting point of civic participation. Active citizenship happens all year, every year. Consistently calling, writing, meeting, and working with legislators are what make the difference. RESULTS and REF excel at empowering citizens in the vibrant practice of democracy.
Our method of training, coaching, and supporting individuals helps them overcome resignation about their ability to make a difference. It also inspires them to speak powerfully and take strategic and effective actions. As a result, they’re able to inspire their communities, elected representatives, and the media to create a world without poverty.
The success of our work proves that ordinary citizens can create extraordinary change
REF has initiated two major projects that ally with organizations in numerous countries: The ACTION Project and the Microcredit Summit Campaign.
The Advocacy to Control Tuberculosis Internationally (ACTION) project is an international partnership of advocates working to mobilize resources to treat and prevent the spread of tuberculosis (TB), a disease of poverty that kills one person every 20 seconds, by using cutting-edge advocacy strategies to support country-specific and global solutions.
The Microcredit Summit Campaign is working to ensure that 175 million of the world’s poorest families, especially the women of those families, are receiving credit for self-employment and other financial and business services, and that 100 million families rise above the US$1 a day threshold by 2015.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Our experiment in participatory democracy is a successful model that has empowered thousands of people to become global citizens and reminded political leaders of their own commitment to a better world.
By reigniting the fire of democracy in people concerned about poverty, we’ve sparked miracles — changing their lives as well as the lives of the poorest people in the world. Our experiment has leaped continents with RESULTS affiliates now in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and the UK. RESULTS/REF is now a leading poverty-alleviation organization, shaping a more equitable world and bringing dignity to millions.
We put a spotlight on one of the biggest consequences and causes of poverty, illness, and death in human history — tuberculosis. In recognition of our leadership, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded RESULTS Educational Fund two multi-year grants for the Advocacy to Control Tuberculosis (ACTION) project, an international partnership of advocates that is pushing country-specific and global solutions. The project has influenced the World Bank, the U.S. AIDS program, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and eight nations to escalate their TB control efforts. Our work on TB is even more critical as new strains of drug-resistant TB spread around the world.