Grantmaking principles Putting children's welfare first

In order to achieve positive change for future generations, UBSOF pursues a needs-based approach. Sustainable and long-term inclusion of the communities and children that benefit from the project should always be integrated into this approach.

Because of the vicious cycle linking poor health, lack of education, child abuse and long-term poverty, UBSOF identifies projects that aim to generate long-lasting, positive changes in education, child protection and health.

With the aim of being accountable and transparent, UBSOF uses clearly defined criterias that remain consistent across all phases of the value chain.

What UBSOF funds:

  • fits into one of our focal areas
  • addresses a key need for targeted communities
  • under-resourced areas
  • innovation: state-of-the-art approaches and/or out-of-the box thinking
  • unique, clearly defined projects that are not simply add-ons or elements of ongoing projects
  • feasible within the limited time frame
  • shows potential for impact, influence and leverage
  • shows potential for scalability
  • well-defined, comprehensive stakeholder analysis
  • targets the most vulnerable communities, particularly in the majority world
  • long-term community engagement
  • complements states’ responsibilities and capacities
  • trans-disciplinary, holistic and integrated approaches
  • capacity strengthening/building
  • tangible and applicable results

What UBSOF does not fund:

  • charitable work done by individuals
  • co-funding: filling gaps in financing and/or overheads
  • traditional, market-driven projects
  • projects promoting religions and/or political views
  • replacing states’ responsibilities and capacities
  • stand-alone scholarships, tuition or stipends
  • congresses, events, exhibitions or sponsoring
  • publications, documentaries, films, photos
  • religious or political initiatives
  • UN or multinational organizations that are the primary partner
  • projects solely focusing on HIV/AIDS

Education and child protection:

  • development of parallel structures
  • pure service delivery approach
  • financing of running costs
  • construction and maintenance of infrastructure

Global Health Research:

  • health implementation projects without a solid research component
  • research solely in the North
  • basic research projects
  • stand-alone infrastructure and laboratory equipment