Four new NGO projects receive support to expand nationwide

The contribution is part of The Human Safety Net’s Scale Up Impact strategic initiative for both Families and Refugee Start-ups programmes.

The Human Safety Net’s Scale Up Impact initiative will be supporting four new NGO projects implemented during 2021-2023.

Scale Up Impact, launched in 2020, is a multi-year strategy that aims to amplify The Human Safety Net’s social impact for the most vulnerable families and aspiring refugee entrepreneurs by providing financial and non-financial support to high-potential NGO projects that have the potential to expand.

The four new projects to receive support are:  

  • Rastimo Zajedno (Growing Up Together) is an early childhood development programme that provides support for parents living in challenging circumstances. Together with the Croatian Ministry of Labour, the project aims to expand its reach to the 21 regions of Croatia through the development of a national network of family centers.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters in Austria is a 1:1 mentoring programme, which pairs adult volunteer mentors together with children living in difficult circumstances. It plans to use digital tools and governmental partnerships to dramatically increase its offering of mentorships, as well as workshops for parents and children.
  • Tailwind aims to develop a more widespread and efficient support network for refugee start-ups in the country, to be replicated nationally by mainstream Entrepreneur Support Organisations. Tailwind was developed collaboratively by all five of The Human Safety Net’s refugee start-up NGO partners operating in Germany.
  • UNICEF, working closely with the Vietnamese government and the private sector, plans to scale up its Holistic Parenting Programme, aiming to reach more than 800,000 beneficiaries in three years across 15 provinces in the country.

Scale Up Impact provides the NGO projects with additional funding as well as capacity development support, so significantly enlarging their ability to support families with young children and refugee entrepreneurs. This support also allows social innovations to be more widely implemented across geographies and target groups by encouraging government adoption, commercialisation or knowledge transfer to other organisations.  

Scale Up Impact is investing €7million in 2020-2022 to enable pioneering NGOs to replicate their successful models and transform people’s lives on a national scale.