The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation, headquartered in London with offices in Nairobi and New Delhi. We work with a wide range of partners to transform the lives of poor and vulnerable children in developing countries. Partnerships are critical because it will take the combined efforts of many to tackle urgently the challenges faced by children and their families every day. Our programmes are designed to support bold ideas to seemingly intractable problems. 

We know that the returns on smart investments in areas such as children’s early development and adolescent girls are especially high. So we aim to play a catalytic role as a funder and influencer to deliver urgent and lasting change at scale. 

Areas of work include maternal and child health, adolescent sexual health, nutrition, education, and deworming, tackling child slavery and exploitation, and supporting smart ways to slow down and stop climate change.

We place significant emphasis on quality data and evidence. For many of our grants, we work with partners to measure and evaluate progress to achieve large-scale and sustainable impact. Transparency is also an important part of our grant-making. We publish information about our grants along with data, evidence and evaluations in a variety of ways, including on our comprehensive grant portfolio tool.

Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Nearly half of all deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to undernutrition. This translates into the unnecessary loss of approximately 3 million young lives each year.

CIFF will invest $20M in improving data on coverage of nutrition interventions and other key indicators by 2020 in at least four countries. We also commit to feeding learnings from this into global discussions to improve broader practice.