RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund (REF) are sister organizations that, together, are a leading force in ending poverty in the United States and around the world.
We create long-term solutions to poverty by supporting programs that address its root causes — lack of access to medical care, education, or opportunity to move up the economic ladder. We do this by empowering ordinary people to become extraordinary voices for the end of poverty in their communities, the media, and the halls of government. The collective voices of these passionate grassroots activists, coordinated with grass-tops efforts driven by our staff, leverage millions of dollars for programs and improved policies that give low-income people the tools they need to move out of poverty.
RESULTS and REF also work closely with affiliate organizations in six other countries — Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom — who encourage their governments to create policies and funding for the end of hunger and extreme poverty. While each affiliate determines its own campaigns, actions are coordinated among countries for the greatest impact.
To end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. To train individuals to utilize their strengths to create the public and the political will to end hunger and poverty.
GLOBAL POVERTY PROGRAMS
RESULTS volunteer advocates led efforts to protect critical global poverty programs:
Funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria held steady at $1.05 billion. RESULTS secured 82 signers on a congressional letter that supported the Global Fund, which was critical to avoid devastating cuts. U.S. leadership is critical because historically every $1 from the U.S. is matched with $2 from other donors. Every day Global Fund programs save 4,000 lives.
U.S. tuberculosis programs, critical to fighting this devastating disease that still takes 1.7 million lives a year, increased $11 million to $236 million. RESULTS secured 31 signers on a congressional letter supporting U.S. TB programs. Given that totally drug-resistant TB emerged in January 2012, funding for the Global Fund and U.S. TB programs has never been more important.
Contributions to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) increased by $10 million to $100 million, which is the first installment of a new U.S. three-year pledge to support the rollout new vaccines for the poorest children. Volunteer advocates were instrumental in securing over 71 media hits and 62 signatures on a bipartisan congressional letter to the Administration supporting the U.S. pledge. Over the next three years, this funding will support immunizations for more than 250 million of the world’s poorest children and prevent 4 million premature deaths.
The House introduced the bipartisan Education for All Act, which will improve the effectiveness of global education funding for the children most in need. Congress and the Administration also supported the first funding for the multilateral Global Partnership for Education, which brings donors and developing countries together to achieve education goals. This U.S. funding will leverage additional money from other donors. REF volunteers generated 50 pieces of media and secured 69 cosigners for a congressional letter that was crucial to achieving this new commitment.
The House and Senate introduced new bipartisan microfinance legislation that will improve the impact of U.S. funding by ensuring innovations and programs that reach the poorest are supported. Years of building bipartisan support for microfinance paid off as Congress protected microfinance funding in the foreign assistance bill.
In 2011, our global campaigns advocates had seven meetings with senators and 53 meetings with Senate aides, 52 meetings with representatives and 129 meetings with House aides,16 editorials published, and 37 op-eds published. Additionally, groups generated an impressive 108 letters to the editor and had 49 groups represented at our international conference.
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