A Note from CEO, Kanika Bahl
The last several months have been extremely busy across Evidence Action. Our biggest news is the expansion of Dispensers for Safe Water – with plans to double the size of the program and reach 5M additional people by 2023! Our teams in Uganda and Malawi are working around the clock to identify communities and obtain their active engagement on the chlorine dispensers, with installations slated to begin in September. By next year we’ll be providing safe water access to a total of 9 million people across Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi. This growth has tremendous impact on saving young children’s lives, particularly in light of the recent meta-analysis which showed safe water reduces all-cause child mortality by about 25%. If you’d like to learn more about our expansion plans, and the research that led to a new investment in this program, read this blog or sign up to attend GiveWell’s June 22 (virtual) donor event.
The 10th anniversary of the National School-Based Deworming Programme in Kenya was celebrated in Busia County on June 15th, 2022.
We're doubling the size of Dispensers for Safe Water, reaching millions more people and saving the lives of young childrenThis article summarizes highlights of the program’s 10th anniversary event, including remarks from Kenya’s ministries of health and education on the program’s important impacts.
Laying foundations of good health in school classrooms across IndiaThe Government of India is committed to improving the health of millions of children and adolescents through a number of public health interventions, including its flagship nutrition program Anemia Mukt Bharat (Anemia-free India). Evidence Action’s robust government partnerships help both to ensure children receive iron and folic acid supplementation as well as deworming, and to reinforce important messages on healthy behaviors through school curriculum.
National School Based Deworming Programme Marks 10 years (Kenya News)
On June 22, GiveWell is hosting a donor briefing on the topic of safe water. Brett Sedgewick, our Senior Director of Programs, will join Professor Michael Kremer of the Development Innovation Lab and Elie Hassenfeld and Catherine Hollander of GiveWell for an online panel diving into the evidence and cost-effectiveness of safe water interventions including our Dispensers for Safe Water program. More information and sign up here.
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Staff Spotlight Anil Tambay - Country Director, India
Anil Tambay is Country Director for EAII Advisors, Evidence Action’s technical partner in India. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, Anil’s diverse career spans over 30 years, five countries, and both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. He has been in country director roles for over 14 years, living and working most recently in Tanzania and Bangladesh with Marie Stopes. Before that, he was with Oxfam GB in a regional role covering six countries in East Asia, and as a country director. For more than a decade he was a vice president with the Indian NGO, BAIF Development Research Foundation based in Pune.
Anil brings a deep expertise in strategic leadership, organizational development, donor relationship management, program implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. He is well-recognized by his prior organizations and peers for his strong people management and communication skills, and for his ability to drive exceptional performance and results while enabling a positive workplace culture.
We asked Anil to share some insights about his experience at Evidence Action and the development sector.
What initially drew you to work in global development?