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About the 100 Million Project

What is the 100 Million Project?

The 100 Million Project is how the campaign is working to galvanize and support work  
that helps advance industry toward the 100 Million Goal: helping 100 million families lift
themselves out of extreme poverty.

How is the Campaign Reaching the 100 Million Goal?

It's an audacious goal to set out to achieve, but the industry has set itself towards that goal, announcing
it as a major step in the longer term effort to create a poverty free world by 2030. It will take a coalition of
actors, working in a wide range of complementary activities to get there. Thus Campaign members are
bringing about that coalition through Campaign Commitments - commitments to take specific,
measureable, and time-bound actions to reach the 100 Million Goal.

What does it take to join the Campaign?

Campaign members are those who have stated their Commitment to ending poverty by 2030, starting with the 100 Million Goal of helping 100 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty. We know many organizations already maintain a vision of ending poverty. Our aim through this coalition is to tie visions to actions and a commitment to completing those actions one year at a time. But joining the Campaign cannot be only a statement; it must be a matter of follow-through. 18 Commitments were launched at the 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit in Manila, and the 2014 Summit to be held in Merida, Mexico it will be stated whether those Commitments were kept in the prior year.

17 organizations were on-site at the 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit to announce their Commitments to help 100 million families lift themselves out of severe poverty  and to thereby make a major step forward in ending poverty entirely by 2030.

What goes into making a strong Campaign Commitment?

A Commitment must be specific, it must have an objective or an output, and it must be near term. As a coalition we value long-term action plans, but our Commitments are targeting the near-term follow through over 12-18 month periods. We look for Commitments to be a platform for supporting the completion of longer term action plans by helping set year-by-year benchmarks that may be reported on at the Summits along the way.

Commitments must also be tied to one of two major categories of support for actions helping 100 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty. First are those actions supporting more accurate and cost effective means of measuring client-level poverty and in particular, change in poverty levels over time. Second, are those commitments that better facilitate client movement out of poverty through increasing understanding of best practice or supporting products and services that better meet client needs. We can help you describe the ways your organization can shape the work it is doing as a Campaign Commitment.

Join the Movement - State your Commitment

We hope you will join the Campaign to help 100 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty and take a major first step in realizing a poverty free world by 2030. Whether yours is a fully formed and ready to implement idea, or it's just a spark that you would like help shaping into your Commitment, we are eager to expand the movement and build the coalition. We need the skills and contributions you can bring to your colleagues. Contact to learn more or make your Campaign Commitment today.

History of the Project

The 100 Million Project is the second phase of a program the Campaign initiated in 2006.  At that time poverty measurement was an increasingly important topic of discussion among practitioners and other stakeholders.  The Campaign’s second goal, in alignment with the Millennium Development Goal to cut $1/day poverty in half by 2015*, is an ambitious undertaking and one which requires appropriate quantitative measurement tools. One significant impediment for member organizations at the outset of the initiative in 2006 was a general lack of sufficient data generated by such measurement tools which could shed light on changes in the level of poverty among microfinance clients. 

Since 2006, there has been a dramatic increase in the prevalence of poverty measurement tools both in terms of the number of institutions using these tools and in the diversity of tools available.  As an example, one of the most viable poverty measurement tools is the PPI (Progress out of Poverty Index) developed by Mark Schreiner for the Grameen Foundation with support from the CGAP/Ford Foundation Social Indicators Project. Since its development in 2006, the PPI is now in use by over 175 institutions in 45 countries across 4 major regions. The greater prevalence of this and many other powerful poverty measurement tools represents is a major step forward in the availability of tools to measure poverty down reach and movement out of poverty over time - an important part of the 100 Million Project goals.

* The $1/day threshold of the World Bank has since been revised to $1.25/day which the Campaign now uses for its benchmark.