Categories of essential need include agriculture, early childhood development, land rights, and primary health care. By investing in such areas, we help people in low-income countries to create the conditions for alleviating extreme poverty.
The initiative identifies organizations that are already delivering significant results and provides them with long-term, flexible support to increase their impact substantially.
In keeping with the mission of King Philanthropies, the program aims to achieve enduring, large-scale change in the lives of the world’s poorest people. Since we launched King Essentials in 2017, funded work by program grantees has improved the lives of several million people across multiple countries.
Focus on the countries and populations with the greatest need.current focus countries →
Identify organizations whose work aligns with both priority investment categories and focus countries.
Assess organizations across three criteria: essential need, scalable impact, high-performing leadership.
Award a select group of organizations with generous, unrestricted multi-year grants to support scaling of proven interventions.
King Essentials also awards a limited number of smaller grants to support work by promising organizations or to test new approaches to poverty alleviation. These pilot grants fund projects that address essential needs but currently fall short of meeting all of our selection criteria.
With support from King Philanthropies, IDinsight is partnering with King Essentials grantee Rising Academies to evaluate an accelerated learning program in Liberia. The program targets over-age students—those who are in classes intended for younger children—and provides accelerated learning opportunities to prepare them for age-appropriate coursework. Evaluating the impact and cost of this program will help Rising Academies improve it while also providing the Liberian Ministry of Education with evidence of its effectiveness.Visit site →
Innovations for Poverty Action
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a global nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty. With support from King Philanthropies, IPA is partnering with Landesa to conduct an impact evaluation of land rights reform in Myanmar. This study, a randomized controlled trial, will evaluate the effects of government land allocation on food security and a sense of agency among previously landless families.Visit site →
J-PAL South Asia
Under guidance from a global team of health and nutrition experts, J-PAL South Asia is implementing a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of distributing micronutrient-fortified rice through the Public Distribution System in a state in India. (The Public Distribution System is an entity run by the Indian government that addresses food insecurity by providing essential commodities to poor citizens.) King Philanthropies is supporting the study in collaboration with the Global Innovation Fund.Visit site →
Sanku provides small-scale food fortification in order to address child and maternal malnutrition in Africa. Its “dosifier” technology involves using a device that injects doses of premixed micronutrients into maize flour, a major staple crop. A pilot grant from King Philanthropies is enabling Sanku to expand the use of dosifiers across Tanzania, to improve its quality control operation, and to strengthen its organizational capacity.Visit site →