10 Jul 2020

2019 Annual Report

Today we are publishing our 2019 Annual Report, covering a year of regional growth, increased localisation of strategies, and the development of two new teams; Organisational Development and Impact Investing.

In 2019, we continued to put children and adolescents at the heart of every programme. We developed a new Africa Strategy, opened an office in Beijing, China, and substantially strengthened our team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These steps furthered our efforts to empower local change-makers to deliver systemic change in their own communities.

“In 2019, we continued to invest in delivering near-term, measurable and ambitious outcomes that improve children’s lives, as well as working towards the long-term security of children’s futures.” – Dr Graeme Sweeney, Chair, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation


Over the course of 2019, we approved $386 million in new charitable investments (a rise of $64 million over 2018) and $269 million was disbursed between our Addis Ababa, Beijing, Delhi, London and Nairobi offices. See a selection of key portfolio highlights from last year below:

    1. Clean Air Fund, an organisation working to improve air quality across the globe, was formally launched at the United Nations General Assembly in September, with the support of $20 million from CIFF.
    2. The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Accelerator was launched in 2019, to advance the uptake of multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS). CIFF alongside funding partners will collectively invest roughly $50 million into the Accelerator over the next three years, to support over 17.5 million pregnant women access MMS.
    3. Over 1900 traffickers were identified through the Mukti Caravan (Freedom Van) Campaign by CIFF-funded Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation in India. Mukti Caravan is a nationwide campaign on wheels against the organised crime of child trafficking.
    4. CIFF worked with grantees to expand the availability of self-care tools and broaden the adoption of youth-led design for future SRH programmes. Major progress was made on DMPA-SC (a type of self-injectable contraceptive), a ‘dual-pill’ for HIV and pregnancy prevention, and HIV self-testing with dozens of countries supporting scale-up.


To view the Annual Report in full, click below.

2019 Annual Report PDF