Scale Up-Impact

A global strategy to scale up the social impact of The Human Safety Net


Through our work with NGOs, we found that many of our pioneering partners have models that could be replicated beyond a single organisation and which could work at a larger scale. So, we created Scale Up Impact to identify these high-potential projects and facilitate cross-sectoral collaboration with public, private and social sectors, expanding their reach to support families and refugees nationwide. 

Launched in 2020, The Human Safety Net’s global Scale Up Impact identifies projects that already have a proven social impact and then provides them with both financial and non-financial multi-year support. At its heart is ‘open net’ collaboration with other organisations, so increasing the overall capability to support families and refugees around the world. The Human Safety Net is investing €7million to provide its NGO partners with an additional source of funding to deploy their programmes on a nationwide scale. 12 co-funding companies and associations already joined the programme, contributing for a total investment of €2.5million.

By working together, The Human Safety Net’s NGO partners and the public, private and social sectors can replicate successful models, so transforming the lives of more vulnerable people.

Scale Up Impact’s projects


The third edition will allow for the scale up of family centres in Bulgaria in 9 municipalities, the strengthening of up to 60 family centres in Swizterland and will increase support of mother of 0-3 years old in 4 districts in India.


The first three-year cycle of Scale Up Impact was launched in 2020. 

The second edition builds on the successful launch in 2020. During 2021-2023 it will support the expansion of 21 family centres in Croatia, increase the potential of the family mentoring with digital tools and government support in Austria, expand refugee start-ups support across Germany and work with UNICEF and government to reach 15 provinces and thousands of families in Vietnam. 


In the first edition, The Human Safety Net and its NGO partners aim to boost the number of family centres for parents with children aged 0-6 in an additional 43 cities in Argentina, Serbia and Italy. Furthermore, they aim to open five new incubators for refugee entrepreneurs across France and Germany. 

2022-2023 projects

For Our Children

For Our Children in Bulgaria will replicate their Holistic Support for Early Childhood Development model already in place in Plovdiv and Sofia in 9 municipalities, including medium- and small-size ones, transferring their know-how and build local capacity for cross-sectoral cooperation, integrated social and health services to children, social support services to families, and professional capacity-building for practitioners.


MMI in Switzerland with MegaMarie Plus Programme will support family centers and communities with a high percentage of socially disadvantaged families and implement offers for this specific target group. MMI will work to strengthen up to 60 family centres over the next three years allowing more children to access high-quality services and a stimulating environment.


Pratham in India, through the Scaling Early Childhood Development (ECD) interventions through mother and community engagement, will work with mothers of 0-3 years old children by involving Angawadi centers in 4 Districts. Pratham plans to strengthen governmental partnerships to create a package that can then be advocated in new geographies.

2021 Projects

Rastimo Zajedno

The Croatian Ministry of Labour is partnering with THSN for Families NGO partner Rastimo Zajedno on the Growing Up Together project, that aims to expand its reach to the 21 regions of Croatia through the empowerment of the national network of family centers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Started as a small scale and high impact project, Family Mentoring -FAME- is now relying on digital tools and governmental partnerships to dramatically increase its offering of 1-1 mentorship to parents and workshops to parents and children.


All five THSN Refugee Start-Up NGO partners operating in Germany decided to collaborate on a joint effort called Tailwind, to develop a more widespread and efficient support to refugee start-ups in the country, to be replicated nationally by mainstream Entrepreneur Support Organizations.


In close collaboration with the Vietnamese government and with the private sector, UNICEF plans to reach 15 provinces in Vietnam and more than 800k beneficiaries within three years with the scale up of the Holistic Parenting Programme.

2020 Projects


SINGA aims to create a new global entity and replicate its flagship ‘Singa for Business’ programme for migrant-led innovation, opening chapters in five cities in France and Germany: Lyon, Nantes, Lille, Strasbourg and Berlin.

Novak Djokovic Foundation

Novak Djokovic Foundation is collaborating with local and national preschool institutions to expand its “Support, not Perfection” programme to 15 locations in Serbia and create dedicated parents’ centres.

Haciendo Camino

Haciendo Camino plans to consolidate its integrated programme for helping families and supporting children’s early learning, partnering with global players and replicating the programme in 13 communities across Argentina.

Centro per la Salute del Bambino (CSB)

Centro per la Salute del Bambino (CSB) will expand the successful “A Village to grow” model in 6 new towns in Italy, collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, including municipalities, and other non-profit organisations