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Turning a plan on paper into a flood-resistant community center in West Bengal
In five villages west of Kolkata, support from the 1% for Development Fund enabled a community-development organization to build a permanent center for its educational activities.

Our Fund: Forty years ago, a group of international civil servants in Geneva began practicing what governments preach, with members contributing 1% of their income to development projects. Now the 1% for Development Fund has members from a variety of professional backgrounds, but the motivation remains the same: to participate actively in the identification, selection and evaluation of projects, knowing that small investments – normally on the order of 10,000 Swiss francs or US dollars – can make a big difference in people's lives. Community needs can often be met by projects too small to fit the programmes of large national and international development agencies. And unlike those agencies, the Fund spends 0% of its regular contributions on overhead.

Since its foundation the Fund has spent about 8 million Swiss francs in support of 800 community development projects in 91 countries, mostly in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Under "Projects" you will find brief information about some recent successes, as well as links to eye-witness accounts of other projects.

How does it work? Follow the "About" link to find out.

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Here's the secretariat of our January 2018 General Assembly. Click the photo to meet other members of the Fund, or view our "Interviews" video. (May take time to load.)

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Already a member? You can access all the latest Fund documents and review the results of all our projects since 1986 on our members-only pages. Ask the webmaster for the login information.

Submit a proposal: if you are a member of a non-governmental organization in search of funding for a small project, fill in the form on our "Proposal" page to see if it meets our criteria.

1% for Development Fund, International Labour Office, Room 4-80
Route des Morillons 4, CH 1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland
The webmaster updated this page on 25.3.2018