Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT)
LIFT is a multi-donor fund set up in 2009, marking its ten-year anniversary this year. LIFT aims to strengthen the resilience and sustainable livelihoods of poor households by helping people to reach their full economic potential. This is achieved through increasing incomes, improving the nutrition of women and children, and decreasing vulnerabilities to shocks, stresses and adverse trends.
LIFT is a significant actor in Myanmar’s development. To date, over 11.6 million people in 75 per cent of Myanmar’s townships have benefitted from LIFT’s programmes. From January 2019, LIFT has been guided by a new five-year strategy that puts ‘leaving no one behind’ at the centre and will in particular focus on social inclusion and cohesion, increased support to areas affected by conflict, bringing displaced people into LIFT’s development programmes and working with Government at all levels on targeted policies that achieve gains in these areas.
LIFT has received funding from altogether 15 international donors since it was established. The current donors are the UK, the EU, Australia, Switzerland, the US, Canada and Ireland.
What They Do
LIFT is a multi-donor fund that improves the lives and prospects of the most vulnerable people in Myanmar. LIFT is funded by seven donors: Australia, Canada, the European Union, Ireland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. To date, LIFT has received funding from 15 different donors, a total of USD 509 million.
LIFT is much more than a funding body. Aside from financing 183 projects to date, LIFT provides technical expertise, targeted research and its position of oversight to improve programme design and cohesion for better overall impact. LIFT also works closely with the Government of Myanmar to promote pro-poor policies.
LIFT’s goal is to sustainably reduce the number of people in Myanmar living in poverty and hunger, and to ensure that Myanmar's rural transformation is inclusive. We work to achieve these four outcomes:
- Increased incomes of rural households
- Increased resilience of poor rural households and communities to setbacks and change
- Improved nutrition of women, men and children
- Improved policies and effective public expenditure for pro-poor rural development