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Areas of Work

We seek to grow prosperity in the Global South. We believe that governments are the most powerful forces in determining well-being in a country. We promote good governance and smart policies that drive systems-level, long-term change.

To ensure shared prosperity, we believe in the importance of enabling people to climb the social mobility ladder. We do this by promoting equality of opportunity rather than equality of outcomes.

Specifically, we target two areas of work.

Building Cultures of Integrity

Based on proven best practices, the Chandler Foundation promotes policies, practices, and social norms that prevent and address entrenched corruption – what we call “creating cultures of integrity.” 

This is different from the more conventional, limited, and punitive anti-corruption efforts that place a primary emphasis on fixing the problem through courts and law enforcement. We prioritize proactive efforts to prevent and stigmatize corruption, such as developing strong government institutions and ethical leadership. 

Cultures of integrity help ensure public resources get to the people who need them most. By contrast, corruption impedes economic growth and diverts critical funds from health care, education, and other crucial public services. The Chandler Foundation works closely with senior leaders of governments and civil society to be a catalyst, connector, convener, and co-creator. 

While we recognize the importance of bottom-up pressure to prompt government reform, we prioritize efforts like those of Open Government Partnership’s and Open Contracting Partnership, which collaborate with reform-minded governments. We also helped launch a program called the Chandler Sessions on Integrity and Corruption at Oxford University to promote peer exchange and learning among government anti-corruption leaders.

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Social Mobility

The Chandler Foundation aims to partner with forward-thinking governments and organizations to create an environment that supports people’s upward social mobility to and through the middle class.

At this time, our work on social mobility takes place primarily through our collaboration with Co-Impact. We are still in the early stages of learning about this area and are not soliciting requests for funding at this time.

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