Letter from Kanika, CEO & President: 10 Years of Outsized Impact

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This year marks the tenth anniversary of Evidence Action! We’re so excited to share this milestone with you, and to take this moment to look forward to the future together. 

Our mandate at Evidence Action has always been clear: we identify the most effective ways to have a meaningful impact on as many lives as possible, and then we scale the heck out of them. 

But it hasn’t always been easy. Doing something different — being a disruptor, not following the path of “development as usual” — never is. We had to chart our own path. We’ve taken calculated risks, made hard decisions, overcame growing pains, and kept programs running during a pandemic — all the while making sure we’re maximizing what's best for the people we serve.

And we’re so proud of where we stand today, a decade later. Our team has grown exponentially in the last few years, with more than 700 staff members now, almost all of them based in Africa and Asia. We’ve expanded our programs into nine countries. And we've built a reputation as one of the most transparent and impactful charities, providing donors with exceptional value for every dollar spent. 

And most importantly, we’ve done groundbreaking, world-changing work. We've helped hundreds of millions of people live healthier, fuller lives by addressing deeply neglected health issues. 

This anniversary is a celebration for all of us — including you — because we didn’t do this alone. We’re so thankful for our supporters and partners who see the value in our thoughtful, and at times almost ruthless, approach to outsized impact. We couldn't do this work without you.

So, what’s next for Evidence Action? As always, we’ll go where the evidence takes us. We’ll pioneer new interventions. We’ll partner with more governments to deliver the most promising ones that we’ve tested at scale. And we’ll be responsive to change — the world is always evolving, and so are the challenges and opportunities. With the solid foundation we’ve built together, we’re ready for whatever comes next. 

Over the next decade, we’re setting our sights higher: We aim to further expand and deepen our impact, reaching over 600 million people globally.

We invite you to check out the inspiring stories and impact data that we’ve collected for our 10th anniversary. We’ve got so much excitement for the future of Evidence Action, and we hope you do, too! Thank you for coming along for the ride. 

Here's to the next ten years!

Kanika Bahl

CEO and president, Evidence Action



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