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Governments, Trusts and Institutions

Save the Children strives for exceptional partnerships with institutional partners, trusts and foundations. We seek to maximise both funding and influence in order to achieve our shared aims for children.
Big Lottery Fund

Big Lottery Fund allocates a total of 40% of the funds raised for charity by the National Lottery. We work with Big Lottery Fund to achieve change for children, both internationally and in the UK. Together, we have:

• Supported children in Scotland to gain a good quality education and fulfil their potential.

• Helped people in the Philippines to rebuild their lives after Typhoon Haiyan struck.

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation. CIFF aims to transform the lives of poor and vulnerable children in the developing world. Highlights of our partnership include:

• In Nigeria, the Ministry of Economic Planning expressed appreciation for our work with CIFF, which helped ensure children in the Gombe State do not go hungry.

• Supporting the Japanese government to develop a national strategy to combat malnutrition.

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)

We’re a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

The DEC brings 14 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: ActionAid, Action Against Hunger, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Oxfam GB, Plan International UK, Save the Children UK, Tearfund and World Vision UK; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly. 

European Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)

ECHO delivers humanitarian aid on behalf of the European Union and is one of the world's largest humanitarian donors. In partnership with ECHO, we have:

• Worked in conflict-affected areas of Northern Nigeria to protect children from violence and ensure people have enough food to eat.

• Responded to the crisis in Yemen by repairing and equipping health facilities, and creating mobile medical teams to care for children in hard-to-reach areas.

• Supported people in Ethiopia to prepare for and respond to droughts, so that children are less likely to go hungry in future.

Educate A Child (EAC)

Educate a Child (EAC) awarded us just over $11 million in 2013 and 2014, through both a direct contract and a consortium led by Aide et Action Cambodia. We have worked with the EAC to:

• Enable 93,581 out-of-school children living in Cambodia and Thailand, many of whom live in conflict-affected areas, to access a primary school education.


EuropeAid delivers development aid on behalf of the EU. In partnership, we have:

• Supported authorities in a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border to run a primary and secondary education system. Running schools in camps enabled refugee children to continue with their education and create a future for themselves.

• Worked to protect children in Myanmar from exploitation and abuse, and raised awareness of the risks vulnerable children face.

Children learn in a Save the Children supported school in Eastern Aleppo.

Children learn in a Save the Children supported school in Eastern Aleppo.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) leads the British government's work to end world poverty and is our largest institutional donor. Examples of our work together include:

• Tackling malnutrition in northern Nigeria by transferring money to pregnant women and women with children under the age of two.

• Major health programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Kenya, working to increase the quality and availability of health services for pregnant women and newborn children.

• Transforming the lives of girls across 14 provinces in Afghanistan through a flexible range of community-based education initiatives, including an apprenticeship programme to train young women to be teachers.

Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is a trust fund of the World Bank. It works to strengthen national education systems, so that every child can go to school. Highlights from our work with GPE include:

• Supporting the Ministry of Education in Puntland state, Somalia, to develop a five-year plan for their education system.

• In Myanmar, we are working with the Ministry of Education to ensure every last child receives a good quality education.


UNICEF is the UN agency charged with supporting the world’s children. UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life. We collaborate with UNICEF on mutually important programme themes, by using our technical expertise, our knowledge to influence policy and our ability to mobilise popular support. Key examples of this are:

• Reporting on and upholding the Convention on the Rights of the Child – an international treaty which establishes the human rights all children are entitled to by law

• Co-leading the InterAgency Standing Committee Education Cluster – a group of international agencies that works to ensure children affected by emergencies receive a good quality education

• Technical collaboration in health, child protection, nutrition, child development and water, sanitation and hygiene response programmes, both in development and humanitarian settings

• Technical partnerships such as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against ChildrenEducation Cannot Wait, and Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

• Building regional relationships with UNICEF in East, West and Southern Africa in order to better coordinate our work.

The World Bank

The World Bank provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries. Through our partnership, we produce evidence of “what works” to influence government priorities and ensure global funds are spent in a way that will achieve the highest possible impact for children.

Together with the World Bank, we are: 

• Providing children in Afghanistan with access to healthcare, so that they will not die from preventable causes.

• Conducting joint evaluations to generate evidence and influence governments. In Mali, we are working together to measure the impact of critical integrated interventions, both Education and Nutrition, in village pre-schools. 

• Giving children who live in informal settlements and child domestic workers in Bangladesh the opportunity to gain an education. The project is now being replicated by the Government of Bangladesh.

The World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the UN body working to build a healthier future for people all over the world. We work with the WHO to advocate for concrete action to protect children’s health. Highlights to date include:

• Partnering with the WHO to establish The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Through the partnership, national governments committed to take action to protect children from violence.

• We provided life-saving treatment to people suffering from HIV/AIDs in South Sudan.

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