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Social Sector Development Initiative

The Social Sector Development Initiative launched in 2011 as a three-year initiative to encourage the growth, effectiveness, and sustainability of China's social sector.

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Social Sector Development Initiative

The Social Sector Development Initiative launched in 2011 as a three-year initiative to encourage the growth, effectiveness, and sustainability of China's social sector.

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Background

China’s recent economic rise and societal shifts have led to a massive drop in poverty levels. Twenty years ago, 69% of the population lived in poverty. Today that number is less than 6%. As a result, China has a nascent social sector and a new generation of philanthropists, volunteers and social entrepreneurs. The sector has been inventing itself, at first through international support and more recently through local resources.

Approach

For the social sector to grow and to accelerate high-quality development, well-equipped grantees were supported and empowered to take risks required to scale.

The initiative supported 14 social sector organisations, investing in building internal systems and creating tools to help catalyse growth. All 14 organisations achieved their project targets.

Analysis

This initiative demonstrated the power of measured risk-taking and how it can catalyse and accelerate change.

Each of the 14 partners achieved their project targets. Together, they reached 21,542 individuals and built capacity among 790 individual social sector organisations in over 100 cities across China.

The projects also had a multiplier effect with the training of trainers and the creation of handbooks and toolkits.

Stat Icon LIVES
50,581
individuals impacted
Stat Icon CATEGORIES
790
social sector organisations impacted
Stat Icon ORGANISATIONS
Over100
cities across China reached
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