Current Focus Countries
King Essentials makes grants for work in a select number of countries. These countries combine high levels of need with conditions that make it possible to achieve substantial impact.
In assessing a particular country, we analyze population-level data, social progress indicators, and factors related to economic development and political stability. We then interview stakeholders and experts to gain additional insight. In addition, we review the nonprofit landscape in a target country and look for potential partner organizations. We commit to focusing on a country only after identifying a set of organizations that meet key criteria: They must be familiar with the cultural context of that country, and they must be ready to implement their work at scale.
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The opening of Myanmar under a new government in 2011 created a major opportunity to help the nation’s people improve their conditions. Myanmar is rich in natural resources, including fertile soil and abundant sources of water, and the right set of interventions can equip farmers to develop those resources more efficiently. The emergence of this opportunity led King Essentials to identify Myanmar as a focus country. Our priority investments areas for Myanmar include food and agriculture, land rights, and nutrition.