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Featured strategic initiatives from our SI Fund I and SI Fund II portfolios.


China Social Sector Pioneers Initiative

China’s rising social sector

China’s stunning economic rise and massive societal shifts have led to a historically unprecedented drop in poverty levels. World Bank figures show that just twenty years ago, more than 727 million people in China, or 69 percent of the population, lived in extreme poverty. Today, that number is below 6 percent and dropping. In this same period of dramatic change, the social sector in China has been inventing itself, first through international support and now, increasingly, with the deployment... MORE

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Human Liberty

LOCATION

China

LIVES CHANGED

31,068


Ghana Child Labour

Fighting Modern-Day Slavery

Child labour is a serious problem in Ghana, where about one-third of children between the ages of seven and 14 work full-time. In the Lake Volta region, children as young as four are sent to live with relatives in hope of learning a trade. This cultural tradition has become distorted by many Ghanaian fishermen who pay parents US$ 50 per child, ostensibly to teach these children their trade. The Initiative’s approach addressed the child labour problem around Lake Volta from several perspectives... MORE

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Human Liberty

LOCATION

Ghana

LIVES CHANGED

94,538


India Nepal Human Liberty Initiative

Once enslaved, now free and resilient

The Global Slavery Index estimates that more than 35 million are currently enslaved throughout the world. The majority are victims of forced labour, in industries ranging from mining to domestic work. Millions more are victims of forced sexual exploitation. India, Nepal, and Pakistan contain 86 percent of the world’s total slaves. Girls and women, who make up 80 percent of trafficking victims, are forced into prostitution and slave labor. Children—roughly half of victims—often... MORE

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Human Liberty

LOCATION

India; Nepal

LIVES CHANGED

615,100


North India Human Liberty

Prevention, Protection, Prosecution

India is the world’s largest source, destination and transit country for trafficking activities, where some 20–65 million Indians are victims of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation. Bihar and Uttar Pradesh (UP) are among the poorest and most densely populated states in India. Bihar has porous borders with Nepal and Bangladesh and has become a major entry point in cross-border human trafficking. In 2007, the North India Human Liberty Initiative was established to reduce the... MORE

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Human Liberty

LOCATION

India

LIVES CHANGED

139,221

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