Childhood & Adolescence

We seek bold solutions to seemingly intractable challenges for children and adolescents in developing countries.

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Climate change

Because a low carbon world will help secure a healthy and prosperous future for today's children.

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Child protection

Fighting to end the scourge of child labour and sexual exploitation, the most horrible of crimes.

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CIFF is reinventing itself. Not because we have changed our mission, but because we have decided to be bolder. Whatever the challenges, we are determined to help solve some of the biggest problems facing children. In the face of political changes around the world, clear-sighted leadership and robust coalitions are needed now more than ever to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. For the first time, we are articulating multi-year intent and resourcing, as well as a way of doing business that we think reflects our appetite for performance.
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    Take a moment and explore each of our grants. Read through examples of impact and updates on how our partners are making a real difference in the lives of children. We are committed to sharing as much information as possible about what we and our partners are learning. Contributing to the global knowledge bank will help all of us speed up the transformational change required so that every child survives and thrives. We appreciate the support of partners in this endeavour.
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    We can slow global warming and sea-level rise by reducing super climate pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs. Cutting HFCs will avoid half a degree of global warming by the end of the century. This would be a big contribution to the historic 2015 Paris Agreement. Find out more about reducing HFCs and why it matters with this video which is narrated by Durwood Zaelke of the Institute of Governance and Sustainable Development.
    Watch our explainer video about HFCs.
CIFF staff as children (Climate)


CIFF is the world's largest philanthropy that focuses specifically on improving children's lives. CIFF works with a wide range of partners, and areas of work include maternal and child health, adolescent sexual health, nutrition, education, deworming, tackling child slavery and exploitation, and supporting smart ways to slow down and stop climate change.

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Over the past decade, CIFF's endowment has grown to a value of $5.2 billion, after charitable activities and costs. With this strong financial base, we have built a growing portfolio of charitable grants with a value of over three-quarters of a billion dollars. In the 2017 financial year, grant disbursements totalled $208.3 million. Read more .

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