The Global Fund for Children and Stars Foundation today announced the winners of the Global Rising Stars Award, a co-funding partnership in support of grassroots organisations working to improve the lives of vulnerable children. It is the second year the organisations have run the award programme.
The Global Rising Stars award is committed to helping small, effective grassroots organisations become stronger, more sustainable and more able to deliver vital services on the ground.
The prize package includes US$20,000 in flexible funding and an additional US$10,000 in tailored consultancy and capacity building support for each winning organisation.
This year’s five Global Rising Stars are based in Haiti, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Bolivia and Democratic Republic of Congo and were selected from a pool of The Global Fund for Children’s current grantees that operate in one of the 100 countries with the highest rates of under-five mortality.
Both The Global Fund for Children and Stars Foundation believe that effective local-led organisations are best-placed to respond to the needs of children in their care, and that these well-managed organisations should be given the flexibility to decide how to spend the funding they receive.
Susan Goodell, CEO of The Global Fund for Children said:
“We believe the best way to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children is through grassroots organisations. They work on the local level, reaching children who would otherwise fall through the cracks—orphans, trafficked children, child labourers—and providing them with the care and support they need.”
Muna Wehbe, CEO of Stars Foundation said:
“Flexible funding is crucial in developing and empowering these high-potential grassroots organisations. It allows them to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and invest their funds where they most need in order to sustain or scale their work at a critical time in their growth trajectory.”