Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation with headquarters in London and offices in Nairobi and New Delhi. It was established in 2002 by Jamie Cooper-Hohn and Sir Chris Hohn. The co-founders set out to improve the lives of children living in poverty by developing strategies that have a lasting impact.

The foundation places a significant emphasis on quality data and evidence, by working with partners to measure and evaluate their programmes to achieve large-scale and sustainable impact. Areas of the CIFF’s 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.

The CIFF disbursed USD 253.4 million for development in 2019. Compared to 2018, this amount represents an increase by 12% in real terms. Grants represented 98.9% of the CIFF’s gross disbursements while the remainder was extended as common equity and shares in collective investment vehicles.

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In 2019, the CIFF provided USD 6 million of its gross disbursements to the multilateral system, accounting for 2% of its total development finance. All of these contributions were earmarked for specific countries, regions, themes or purposes. The main multilateral channels used by the CIFF included the United Nations Children’s Fund; the World Health Organization; and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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See the section on Geographic and thematic focus for the geographical and thematic breakdown of bilateral allocations earmarked through the multilateral development system.

In 2019, the CIFF channelled its development finance mostly through non-governmental organisations (68%) and the private sector (17%).

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In 2019, civil society organisations (CSOs) received USD 173 million of gross disbursements. Of this, 1% was allocated to CSOs as core contributions and 99% was channelled through CSOs to implement projects initiated by the provider (earmarked funding). CSOs based in developing countries received 17% of the CIFF’s allocations channelled to/through all CSOs.

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In 2019, the CIFF’s development finance was primarily focused on Africa and Asia. USD 102 million was allocated to Africa and USD 72 million to Asia, accounting respectively for 40% and 29% of gross disbursements. Twenty-nine per cent of its contributions were unspecified by region in 2019.

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Bilateral private development finance by recipient country

In 2019, 43% of gross disbursements went to the CIFF’s top 10 recipients, most notably India, Ethiopia and the People’s Republic of China. The share of 55% was not allocated by country, mainly relating to expenditure for projects and programmes with a regional scope/unrestricted character.

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Least developed countries received USD 29 million (11%) of the CIFF’s gross disbursements in 2019. The CIFF allocated 34% of its development grants and investments to middle-income countries, noting that 55% was unallocated by income group.

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Note: LDC: least developed country; LIC: low-income country; LMIC: lower middle-income country; UMIC: upper middle-income country; MADCTs: more advanced developing countries and territories.

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Note: The chart represents only gross bilateral private development finance that is allocated by country.

In 2019, most of the CIFF’s development finance was allocated to social infrastructure and services. Contributions in this area accounted for 62% of its commitments (USD 157 million), showing a strong focus on health and reproductive health. Commitments for activities in the multisector/cross-cutting totalled USD 48 million (19%), with a particular focus on environmental policy and urban development. Fourteen per cent of the CIFF’s commitments in 2019 were allocated to the energy sector.

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In terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the CIFF streamlined its development finance towards partnerships, mainly contributing to health & well-being, climate action, and gender equality.

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In 2019, the CIFF committed USD 72 million (30% of its allocable development finance) to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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In 2019, the CIFF committed 36% of its allocable development finance (USD 89 million) in support of climate change mitigation or adaptation.

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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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