J.C. Flowers Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW:  The J.C. Flowers Foundation works with a wide range of partners to solve critical health and social problems affecting hard to reach, or “last mile,” communities. The Foundation’s global giving focuses its efforts on the cross border communities of Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

IP TAKE: The foundation is particularly interested in organizations with expertise and presence in communities typically overlooked by traditional donors.

 PROFILE: Founded in 2004, the JC Fowers Foundation was established by billionaire financier J. Christopher Flowers and his wife Anne. Flowers has long been interested in malaria in Africa. In 2004, he visited  several remote areas in northern Zambia and witnessed the devastation of the disease first-hand. On the heels of the trip, Flowers launched NetsforLife in partnership with the Episcopal Relief and Development, as well as his own foundation. Throughout the years, the foundation evolved its focus on malaria control to outright elimination. The foundation oversees two programs, malaria elimination and its Harlem Re-Entry initiative

The foundation largely conducts its global development grantmaking through its malaria elimination program. In early 2010, Flowers joined former Coca-Cola CEO Neville Isdell on a trip to Zambia. On the heels of the trip, Flowers and Neville founded the Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative, which is " dedicated to the elimination of malaria by shrinking the malaria map."

The JC Flowers Foundation, in partnership with Malaria No More UK, also, supports is a pilot project in target districts in northern Namibia that will "[i]dentify 'source' communities (hotspots with higher malaria transmission) that exhibit high levels of connectivity to surrounding lower transmission communities." Other partners include Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and The Global Health Group's Malaria Elimination Initiative.

Though the foundation has an accessible website, information about actually applying for a grant remains sparse. It does not accept unsolicited proposals or funding requests.

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