Gatsby Charitable Foundation

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation is a UK-based trust established in 1967 by David Sainsbury to realise his charitable objectives. The organisation is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s work in Africa focuses on accelerating inclusive and resilient economic growth in East Africa by demonstrating how key sectors can be transformed.

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation provided USD 18.9 million for development in 2019 in the form of grants. Compared to 2018, this amount represents an increase by 40% in real terms.

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In 2019, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation channelled its development finance through non-governmental organisations (93%) and the private sector (7%).

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In 2019, civil society organisations (CSOs) received USD 18 million of gross disbursements, all which were channelled through CSOs to implement projects initiated by the provider (earmarked funding). All of these CSOs were based in developing countries.

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In 2019, all of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s development grants (USD 19 million) were allocated to African countries, such as Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania and Mozambique.

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Bilateral private development finance by recipient country
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Least developed countries received USD 10 million (50%) of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s gross disbursements in 2019. The remaining 50% was allocated to middle-income countries.

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Note: LDC: least developed country; LMIC: lower middle-income country.

In 2019, most of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s development finance was allocated to production sectors. Contributions in this area accounted for 89% of its development finance (USD 17 million), showing a strong focus on agriculture, forestry and fishing as well as industry and trade. Finance for economic infrastructure and services totalled USD 2 million (10%), with a particular focus on business services.

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In terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Gatsby Charitable Foundation streamlined its development finance towards decent work & economic growth and reduced inequalities, and also contributed to zero hunger; industry, innovation & infrastructure; and responsible consumption & production.

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The methodological notes provide further details on the definitions and statistical methodologies applied, including core and earmarked contributions to multilateral organisations, the SDG focus of private development finance, channels of delivery, unspecified/unallocated allocations, the gender equality policy marker, and the environment markers.

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