"The ECD funding map will enable me to reach out, share information, and explore new partnerships with other funders."

— Lisa Bohmer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

ECD Funding Map

Foundation Maps for Early Childhood Development in East Africa is an interactive funding map for foundations, NGOs, policymakers, and other stakeholders working in early childhood development (ECD).

With the ECD funding map, you can:

  • see your work within a broader context,
  • understand what peers are doing,
  • identify gaps in funding,
  • compare foundation funding and bilateral/multilateral aid,
  • develop funding strategies, and
  • find partners for collaboration.
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About this Project

Developed by Foundation Center with generous support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Foundation Maps for Early Childhood Development in East Africa is custom built on Foundation Maps, Foundation Center's premier data visualization platform, and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world. It provides an overview of foundation and bi/multilateral funding for early childhood development (ECD) from 2008 to the present in Eastern Africa. This map also provides access to grant and disbursement details and can be overlaid with one of three country-level indicators.

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About the Data

The data on the map is organized into eight broad categories:

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Data for the ECD funding map come from Foundation Center's databases, which are compiled through direct reporting of grants data by foundations, and from IRS tax returns (Forms 990 and 990-PF), foundation web sites, and other public sources. Through additional outreach efforts, foundations funding the ECD field provided their data for inclusion on the map. Data on bilateral and multilateral aid come from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and indicators originate from the World Bank's Data Catalog.

Working with an advisory group of ECD experts and drawing from existing frameworks by Brookings Institution, the World Health Organization, UNESCO, and UNICEF, Foundation Center developed a taxonomy which organizes and allows users to filter the data on the map.

FAQ

What is the source of data on the map?

Foundation Center compiles grants data through direct reporting by foundations, and from IRS tax returns (Forms 990 and 990-PF), foundation web sites, and other public sources. In all, Foundation Center's staff monitors more than 35 diverse information sources to verify the details in our databases. A special outreach effort was made to collect grantmaking data from key foundations based outside of the United States for this funding map.

Data on bilateral and multilateral aid span 2008-2013 and come from OECD.

Indicators originate from the World Bank's Data Catalog.

What are the criteria for the data set?

The data set includes foundation funding from 2008 to the present and bi/multilateral funding from 2008 to 2013 (the most recent year available) in support of early childhood development (ECD). At launch, this included 2,000+ foundation grants totaling $2.7 billion+, and 17,000+ bi/multilateral disbursements totaling $13 billion+.

How was the early childhood development framework developed?

The framework was created based on existing frameworks by the Brookings Institution, the World Health Organization, UNESCO, and UNICEF, funding priorities of major foundations working in this field, recommendations from an advisory group of ECD experts and thought leaders, and available funding data.

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