RESULTS has a long history of making a difference for low-income families.
Setting Bold Goals and Meeting Them: Extending Microcredit to over 100 Million
Over 106 million of the world’s poorest people (those who live under US$1/day) held microloans in 2007, exceeding a goal set by our Microcredit Summit Campaign of reaching 100 million of the poorest families. When the audacious goal was set in 1997, fewer than 8 million people had microloans. But the combined efforts of the Campaign, microfinance organizations across the globe, and the tireless advocacy of RESULTS led to a growth rate of 1,300 percent in ten years! “What makes it even more remarkable,” said Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank and RESULTS/REF board member, “is that loans to more than 100 million very poor families now touch the lives of more than half a billion family members around the world. That is half of the world’s poorest people.”
Giving Children in the U.S. a Head Start
In the U.S., the pressure our activists put on members of Congress inspired them to include the largest allocation ever for Head Start and Early Head Start in the 2009 economic recovery bill — $2.1 billion! As a result, almost 1 million children are receiving services ranging from school readiness to immunizations. In a tough budget environment, we've succeeded in efforts to increase funding for Head Start and child care services.
Shining a Light on Problems and Solutions: TB, the Neglected Disease
When RESULTS and REF began advocating for tuberculosis (TB) funding in 1997 as a key poverty and health issue, the U.S. was providing less than $1 million in global TB funding. Since then, we’ve helped members of Congress, the administration, and other donor nations see the devastating impact of the global TB epidemic, particularly on poor countries. In 2010, U.S. funding for global TB programs reached $225 million! Our advocacy has also been integral in increasing financial support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Pledges from the U.S. and countries with RESULTS affiliates reached $1.9 billion in 2009. In 2010, our efforts leveraged the first ever multi-year pledge to the Global Fund from the U.S. — the $4-billion pledge for the next three years is a 38 percent increase over the preceding period. The Global Fund has saved 5.7 million lives with our support!
Persistence Pays Off to Reduce Hunger in America
Over $30 billion over ten years is being used to expand the food stamp program and fill the shelves of food banks in no small part because of RESULTS’ grassroots demands that the funding be included in the recent Farm Bills and in the 2009 economic recovery bill. When we began our campaign, we were told by members of Congress that there was no more money for nutrition programs. But 16 months of emails, letters, calls, and meetings with members of Congress, as well as generating media, got results.
Opening the Schoolhouse Doors
More children around the world are in school and spending on basic education in the world’s poorest countries is rising, thanks in part to the efforts of RESULTS and REF. Since we began our Education for All campaign in the late 1990s, a sea change has occurred — the World Bank has stopped demanding that school fees be charged for primary school and U.S. foreign aid for education has increased substantially. Now our efforts to catalyze the creation of a Global Fund for Education to reach the millions of children not in school is rapidly gaining support in Congress. This multilateral coordination and financing mechanism would ensure that all children have access to primary education, as promised by the U.S. and other nations in the Millennium Development Goals agreed upon in 2000. In September of 2010, the World Bank announced a new $750-million commitment for basic education in Africa and Asia after an REF report showed that World Bank education funding for many of the world's poorest countries was declining.
Making Our Voices Heard to Help Struggling Americans
Our support of tax credits for low-income Americans paid off — repeatedly. In 2008, we persuaded Congress to lower the income eligibility threshold for the Child Tax Credit (CTC) from $12,050 per year to $8,500 so that an additional 3 million low-income children would qualify. In 2009, Congress lowered the CTC even further, to $3,000, meaning 13 million more low-income children and their families will receive the CTC and the Earned Income Tax Credit also was increased for large families and married couples. Over the past few years, we've fought successfully to extend these key provisions through 2017.
Moving Closer to Health Care for All Americans
RESULTS has been at the forefront of pushing major legislation that ensures health insurance coverage for low-income Americans and children. Years of effort resulted in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2009, which provided health insurance to over 4 million uninsured children. When Congress took up health care reform in 2009, we demanded reform that would reach those least able to afford insurance — low-income Americans. Our determined grassroots activism was crucial in making the expansion of Medicaid and community health centers key elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Act of 2010. Starting in 2014, Medicaid can cover all people earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line. This expansion is expected to provide 16 million uninsured persons with coverage by 2019. Funding for community health centers will increase by $11 billion from 2011 to 2015 to serve an additional 20 million people. We continue to work towards our goal of universal coverage.
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