Impact Stories

itworks: Dismantling Access Barriers to the High-Tech Industry in Israel

Based in Netanya, Israel, itworks was created in 2006 after its founder Ifat Baron noticed the systemic problem that highly-qualified individuals from diverse communities lacked access to high-level positions in Israel's tech industry. Baron established itworks to narrow these employment gaps and increase diversity in Israel's high-tech sector.

La 27e Région: A Lab for Transforming Public Policies

La 27e Région is an innovation lab dedicated to transforming the public sector in France through citizen-centric design. Based in Paris, La 27e Région was first developed in 2008 in partnership with the Next Generation Internet Foundation (FING) and with support from the Associations of Regions in France (ARF). It has been an independent nonprofit association since 2012.

TAHEA: Enabling the Power of Community-Based Organizations to Bring Change

Founded in 1980, Tanzania Home Economics Association (TAHEA) works every day to empower families and communities experiencing poverty in the Mwanza region of Tanzania to transform their lives socially and economically. This is done through education, training, information sharing, and consultancy services. TAHEA supports full inclusion in the communities and works with small community-based organizations (CBOs) from a strengths-based approach to enhance what families and communities already have.

TAHEA's goals in its work with CBOs are

The International Commission of Jurists: Advocates for Justice and Human Rights

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) was founded in 1952 to foster and strengthen national and international justice systems. Working across five continents, the ICJ is composed of 60 eminent judges and lawyers from all regions of the world and from all legal systems. The ICJ works to ensure that international law, and human rights and humanitarian law in particular, is employed for the protection of the most vulnerable through effective national and international procedures.

Privacy International: Protecting Privacy for Human Dignity

Since 1990, Privacy International has fought to protect the right to privacy around the globe. The UK-based NGO is committed to challenging governments and companies that access individuals', groups', and whole societies' data without consent. Privacy International firmly believes that privacy is necessary to protect autonomy and human dignity. All people everywhere need it, regardless of citizenship, race and ethnicity, economic status, gender, age, or education.

NUWODU: A Unified Voice for Women and Girls with Disabilities in Uganda

According to Uganda's 2014 Population and Housing Census, 7 out of every 50 people aged 5 or above have one or more disabilities.[1] Women in Uganda also tend to have a higher prevalence of disability than men. In 1999, a group of women and youth with disabilities came together at a national conference in Kampala, Uganda, after observing rights violations of women and girls with disabilities.

Fern: Delivering Long-Lasting Solutions to Protect and Restore Forests

Eighty percent of the world's plants and animals and 20 percent of its people call forests home. Not only do forests protect our air and water supplies, but they also lessen the destructive power of hurricanes, floods, and droughts. Despite all of the amazing qualities of forests, their existence is continually threatened. 2017 was the second-worst year on record for tropical deforestation. The rate of deforestation amounted to the equivalent of one soccer field lost per second.

SAMADHAN: Removing Barriers for Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Children with intellectual disabilities are particularly hard-hit by poverty and all of the barriers that come with it: lack of access to education, employment, nutrition, and overall health. Persistent exposure to "toxic" stress, including extreme poverty, can damage the developing brain and result in lifelong difficulties with learning, behavior, and physical and mental health. Even if services for these children are available in a given community, families that live below the poverty line are unable to afford accessible education and therapy services.