We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. Yet around the world, billions of people are excluded from full participation in the political, economic, and cultural systems that shape their lives.
We view this fundamental inequality as the defining challenge of our time, one that limits the potential of all people, everywhere. Addressing inequality is at the center of everything we do.
What’s driving inequality
We have identified five underlying drivers of inequality—common factors that, worldwide, contribute to inequality’s many manifestations.
Entrenched cultural narratives
Failure to invest in and protect vital public goods
Unfair rules of the economy
Unequal access to government
Persistent prejudice and discrimination
What we work on
To address and respond to these drivers, we work and make grants in seven interconnected areas that together, we believe, can help challenge inequality.
Very intentionally, we do not see these program areas as silos. They are entry points that each of our eleven offices–considering local context and local partners–combine in creative ways to target the drivers of inequality. It is at the intersections of these areas that we believe real change is possible. And our core values, including commitment to human rights and working with those closest to the problems, continue to infuse and inform everything we do.
How we work
How we work is as important as what we work on. Throughout our history, the foundation’s approach has been characterized by a continuous emphasis on building institutions and networks, investing in individuals and leadership, and supporting new ideas. These are our three I’s.