Our partners and funders

We work in partnership with the leading health organisations focused on developing countries. We are funded by some of the world’s most prestigious scientific organisations, development agencies and philanthropic foundations.


The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. LSHTM has carried out the quantitative evaluations for a number of DMI media campaigns, and is currently supervising the externally run baseline, midline and endline surveys for our randomised controlled trial in Burkina Faso.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. We work closely with WHO's global headquarters in Geneva, regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, and country teams to ensure that our strategic focus and detailed campaign design is aligned with their policy priorities and technical objectives. Our partnership is formalised by a Memorandum of Understanding, which endorses DMI's methodologies. WHO has also previously funded a DMI campaign on maternal and child health in India.


The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) joins the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) communities into an alliance of more than 500 members to ensure that all women, infants and children not only remain healthy, but thrive. DMI works closely with PMNCH to co-ordinate its activities with partners across the public, non-profit and private sectors working on RMNCH issues. In addition, PMNCH funded DMI to produce a TV advert for Deliver Now in 2009.


Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, Every Woman Every Child aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. It is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world. DMI's RCT in Burkina Faso is one of the many global commitments made to EWEC.


Current funders

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. Its breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health.The trust is funding the research component of DMI’s child survival RCT in Burkina Faso.


The Planet Wheeler Foundation, a prescribed ancillary fund, was established in 2008 by Maureen and Tony Wheeler, founders of Lonely Planet Publications. Planet Wheeler is based in Melbourne, Australia and currently funds over 60 projects in 30 countries in the developing world. Their purpose is to support practical and effective projects which make a difference in the alleviation of poverty. The foundation is funding the media component of DMI’s child survival RCT in Burkina Faso.


The Global Innovation Fund invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. GIF was launched in 2015 and is funded by DFID, USAID, SIDA, DFATD (Australia), and the Omidyar Network. GIF is co-funding DMI’s family planning RCT in Burkina Faso.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the US bilateral aid agency supporting international development. It funds health communications projects across the world. USAID is co-funding DMI's family planning RCT in Burkina Faso through its Development Innovation Ventures programme (DIV), and has previously funded a DMI campaign on tuberculosis in Brazil.


The Mulago Foundation is a private foundation based in California that was founded to carry on the life work of Rainer Arnhold. Mulago looks for the best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest countries. It is particularly focused on impact: measuring it, funding it, and scaling it up. Mulago is providing unrestricted funding to DMI to help with the launch of the Media Million Lives initiative.


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, founded in 2000, is one of the largest private foundations in the world. In developing countries it works to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty. The foundation runs the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, which fosters scientific and technological innovation to solve key health problems in the developing world. DMI was selected in 2014 for a seed grant through this scheme to pilot an innovative approach to promoting maternal and child health using short entertaining films that can be watched on mobile phones.


GiveWell is a US-based nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of their analysis to help donors decide where to give. GiveWell has rated DMI as a ‘standout charity’ based on its health impact, evidence base and cost-effectiveness, and has published a detailed review of DMI and listed us on its top charities page. This has led to a grant of $100,000 from GiveWell and a grant of $250,000 from Good Ventures. Donors who are interested in supporting DMI can make a tax-efficient donation via Givewell (US donors) or Giving What We Can (UK donors). We have also been selected as a 'recommended charity' by The Life You Can Save.


Unorthodox Philanthropy is an initiative sponsored by a San Francisco-based family foundation. Their focus is to seek ideas which require a finite amount of philanthropic capital, but which can then spread widely without additional philanthropic funding. UP is funding DMI to test whether a national media campaign is the most cost-effective approach to improving maternal, newborn and child survival in Mozambique, where 84,000 children die every year before their fifth birthday. DMI’s campaign will not only save lives but could also influence how donors and governments spend their development dollars, potentially saving millions of lives at a fraction of the cost of other interventions.


The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP is an agency of the United Nations, and reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 82 countries each year. WFP is funding DMI to run a capacity strengthening project in Manica province of Mozambique, which will help community radio stations to design and run behaviour change campaigns to improve outcomes related to nutrition. The project will be run on a 'learning by doing' basis, rather than by running workshops that are not related to concrete outcomes.


The Packard Foundation is a private foundation based in California whose goals are "to improve the lives of children, enable creative pursuit of science, advance reproductive health, and conserve and restore earth’s natural systems". The Packard Foundation is funding DMI to run a year-long radio and television campaign to promote family planning in Kinshasa, the capital city of the DRC.


SPRING (Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally) is a five‐year USAID‐funded Cooperative Agreement to strengthen global and country efforts to scale up high impact nutrition practices and policies and improve maternal and child nutrition outcomes. DMI has been awarded a Subagreement by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc to develop and implement a community media nutrition campaign in target provinces of Burkina Faso as part of the SPRING project.


Alive & Thrive is an initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth and development through improved breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the governments of Canada and Ireland. DMI has been awarded a contract by FHI360 to develop and implement a community media infant and young child feeding campaign across Burkina Faso as part of Alive & Thrive.


Comic Relief is one of the largest charitable foundations in the UK. Founded in 1985, it raises money through high-profile telethons on UK television, in particular Red Nose Day, which raised £100m in 2013. Funds raised are used to support projects in the UK and in Africa, covering a range of social issues, including health. Comic Relief is part-funding DMI to scale up  its child health radio campaign across Burkina Faso after the RCT in 2015, with a particular focus on promoting behaviours linked to the prevention and treatment of pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria. 


The Vitol Foundation is an independent foundation that was set up and endowed by Vitol, one of the world's largest energy and commodity trading companies. It supports projects in four programme areas critical to a child’s development: health, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, and livelihoods. The Vitol Foundation is part-funding DMI to scale up its child health radio campaign across Burkina Faso after the RCT in 2015.


The Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) is the bilateral aid agency of the Government of Taiwan, and is dedicated to boosting socio-economic development, enhancing human resources and promoting economic relations in a range of developing partner countries, including Burkina Faso. TaiwanICDF is providing additional funding in support of our ongoing activities in Burkina Faso.


Previous funders

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is a UN organisation that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. UNICEF is providing funding to DMI to run a year-long child health campaign, using community radio stations, in 8 of the 11 provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2015, alongside IMA World Health and Save the Children. 


IMA World Health is an international, nonprofit, faith-based healthcare service organisation. IMA is providing funding to DMI (as part of a DFID project, funded by UK aid from the UK government) to run a year-long child health campaign, using community radio stations, in 8 of the 11 provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2015, alongside UNICEF and Save the Children.


Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children, working in over 120 countries to save children's lives, to protect children's rights and to help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is providing funding to DMI to run a year-long child health campaign, using community radio stations, in 8 of the 11 provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2015, alongside UNICEF and IMA World Health. 


The Department for International Development (DFID) is the UK's bilateral aid agency. It works directly in 28 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. DFID has previously funded DMI campaigns in Mozambique and Kenya. In Mozambique we reviewed HIV health communications strategies at the national and regional level. In Kenya we designed and implemented a mass media campaign to improve maternal and child health in the west of the country.


The University of the West Indies (UWI) is running a home visiting programme that is designed to be feasible in low resource settings, and has substantial evidence of benefits to child development and of lasting benefits to adult cognition, educational attainment, mental health, violence reduction and income. The programme has been replicated with success in other low- and middle-income countries. With the support of the Saving Brains initiative at Grand Challenges Canada, UWI is developing a web-based package, based on this programme, that provides necessary training materials and technical support. DMI worked with UWI to produce 28 films to train home visitors in this area, in Jamaica, Peru and Bangladesh (in English, Spanish and Bengali respectively).


The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is an independent, progressive organisation committed to funding radical change towards a better world. For their centenary in 2004, they searched for 'visionaries' with a big idea to make the world - or part of it - more just and more peaceful. DMI's CEO, Roy Head, was awarded a 'Visionaries' grant to conduct research on new campaign methodologies.


The David & Elaine Potter Foundation is a charitable family foundation established in 1999 to encourage a stronger, fairer civil society. It seeks to achieve an impact through grants that promote reason, education, and human rights, in the hope of improving mutual understanding, reinforcing good governance, and encouraging the growth and maintenance of a robust civil society, particularly in less developed countries. It provided crucial core funding to DMI during its early years.


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