In this sector applications can be made for support to projects which conform to the following selection criteria:

Basic principle
Help for self-help

disadvantaged groups of people

Geographical scope
the Foundation concentrates its support to some geographical areas of priority (country cluster)

Thematically seen, the Foundation, as a priority, grants contributions for:
education: non-formal basic education, adult literacy, vocational training (incl. basic training for health services)
construction of drinking-water supplies and sanitation installations
agriculture and forestry
production and preparation of foodstuffs, including storage (food security)
promotion of small enterprises (incl. micro credit schemes)
improvementreduction of the child labour situation
empowerment (broadening of ways by which the disadvantaged can influence their living conditions)
sexual and reproductive health
buildings, equipment: schools, hospitals, hostels; construction of access roads and small bridges in remote districts

The Foundation supports, through intermediary organisations, all forms of organisation of civil society, including grass-roots organisations.
Intermediary non-governmental organisations can only qualify for a grant if their head quarters are located in Great Britain or in Switzerland.
The availability of qualified personnel in key positions is a prerequisite.

Contributions for investment andor running costs can be granted; for the latter, however, usually for not longer than 3 years.
Preferentially co-financings along with other like-minded foundations and donors, including Public Private Partnerships.

Other selection criteria:
Both, new and on-going projects, particularly those of an innovative character and with a multipliable, systems building approach; niche projects are eligible for funding.
coherence with national development plans, particularly with the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and its area and sector priorities
social, economic and ecological sustainability
cultural integration

As a matter of principle funds are not available for projects which:
have no direct impact for the disadvantaged
have a political or proselytising component
are committed to extreme religious beliefs
have a prestige character
are strongly dependent upon, or have a close relationship with commercial industrial interests
are implemented exclusively by government institutions
are implemented by groups or organisations not registered
are implemented by purely commercial or privately owned organisations