Case studies

By December 2015, UK Aid Direct had provided almost £131 million to a total of 205 projects.

The theme of the most recent funding round was to ‘Finish the job on the Health MDGs* (MDGs 4, 5, and 6)’.

The majority of projects funded by UK Aid Direct are in East and Southern Africa, but there are also projects in Western and Central Africa, South Asia, East Asia, and the Americas.

Read more about the work of some UK Aid Direct grant holders in the case studies below.

On World Water Day we introduce you to WellFound, a water and sanitation charity changing the lives of rural communities

In Guinea Bissau, west Africa, is a remote village called Bumal.  It is 40 kms from a main road, and has a population of 600 people.

Read more to learn how water and sanitation has positively impacted lives in this village.  

International Women’s Day: Microfinance model transforms the lives of 23,000 women

For rural and extremely poor women in the Patna district of Bihar State, East India, life has changed since the introduction of self-help microfinance groups, created in partnership with UK Aid Direct grant holder, Rojiroti UK.

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International Women's Day: SRHR supports young women in Kalungu, Uganda

A project, delivered by PREFA (Protecting Families Against HIV/AIDS), a Ugandan NGO, has been challenging the status quo in the Kalungu district of Uganda.

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International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM: a story of hope from DDP, Ethiopia

Mamite Wardolo, a 60-year-old mother of 8 children, had been practising Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) for nearly all her adult life, but does so no longer. This is her story.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Exeter Ethiopia Link

Children with learning disabilities often struggle to attend school in Ethiopia. A project supported by UK Aid Direct in Wollega, Western Ethiopia, is working to change this.

Exeter Ethiopia Link is currently running a 3-year project to improve accessibility and increase the number of disabled children who are able to go to school.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Introducing Hagar International, Cambodia

In Cambodia, Southeast Asia, poverty rates remain consistently high and there is a prevalence of violence towards women and children.

Providing vital, holistic care to the survivors of gender-based violence and extreme human rights abuse is a charitable organisation called Hagar International, Cambodia.

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On World Toilet Day, we share news of advances in rural Malawi to improve access to toilets for all

The WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report, Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water 2014 Update, highlighted how land-locked South-East African country Malawi remained seriously off-track from achieving the sanitation Millennium Development Goals target.

This struck a chord with WaterWorks, a charitable organisation dedicated to assisting communities to gain access to hygienic sanitation facilities (as well as to safe drinking water).

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International Day of the Girl: AfriKids

Futures’ Freedom is a project run by AfriKids and supported by a UK Aid Direct Impact Grant to provide advocacy in the rural Upper East Regions of Northern Ghana, where there is a lack of knowledge surrounding SRHR and harmful practices, including child marriage.

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Discover why caring is no longer a burden for Pavitra as we celebrate World Mental Health Day

Pavitra cares for her son who has epilepsy. She was previously a migrant labourer; a challenging role, especially given her son's condition.

Pavitra has been given a goat by Carers Worldwide, an organisation funded by UK Aid Direct, that works in Nepal with local partner, LEADS Nepal.

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Beneficiaries felt empowered and valued with new feedback mechanisms

The pilot, ran by World Vision, was designed to look at the effectiveness of beneficiary feedback mechanisms and the value this could add to the project beneficiaries.

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Cord: Peacebuilding advice for project design

Cord are a peacebuilding organisation who have been supported by a UK Aid Direct grant to implement a WASH programme in Burundi providing access to clean drinking water, improved sanitation and health over a three year period.

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Improving maternal health in two districts of Uttar Pradesh, India

The project aims to achieve improved maternal and child health outcomes for 37,280 women by focusing on those from marginalised communities. Women are given knowledge on maternal and child health needs through sessions aimed at not only changing their health seeking behaviour, but that also link them to the Government of India’s livelihood flagship programme, MGNREGA, which helps them develop skills to increase their income.

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Improved knowledge and awareness of health, HIV, education, rights and choices for deaf people in Uganda

A Community Partnership Grant supported by UK Aid Direct is targeting 5,000 deaf people in two districts of Uganda.

Signal’s (Sensory Impairment Globally Nationally and Locally) project provides peer support training to give deaf children and young people the skills to change their lives through improved communication, increased access to information surrounding education and health issues, and encouraging them to advocate for their rights.

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Women and youth lead efforts to improve octopus fishery management in Madagascar

In the locally managed marine area of Velondriake in southwest Madagascar, more than 10,000 people are benefitting from a project supported by UK Aid Direct. The project, run by Blue Ventures, is working to increase the participation of women and youth in local marine management efforts, while improving both the profitability and the ecological sustainability of octopus fishing for the communities involved.

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Improving access to HIV services for women and children in Malawi

Malawi is one of the world’s least developed and most densely populated countries, with a population approaching 17 million. An estimated 10% of the country’s adults between the ages of 15 and 49 are living with HIV and the majority of them are women. Support from UK Aid Direct has enabled mothers2mothers to build a network of Mentor Mothers, offering education and support to women living with HIV.

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Wealth creation for smallholder subsistence farmers in Western Kenya

MannionDaniels’ director, David Daniels, visited the Wanakhaki Self Help Group in the Teso area, Bungoma County, Western Kenya. The group are supported by UK Aid Direct through Send a Cow and Heifer Kenya, who implement a project to target 9,500 families by training smallholder farmers on sustainable agriculture methods, animal management, gender and social development.

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