Nduna Foundation Awards $1 Million to Launch Zimbabwe Research, Data Hub

The New York City-based Nduna Foundation has pledged more than $1 million to establish the Zimbabwe Collaborative Centre for Operational Research and Evaluation, a policy research and data hub created in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Years of drought and economic malaise have crippled Zimbabwe, where more than a third of children under the age of five are chronically malnourished and live in households without access to safe water and sanitation. The Collaborative Centre for Operational Research and Evaluation will work to help philanthropic and nongovernmental organizations attain the data they need to improve their operations and ensure better programming and policy making.

The Nduna Foundation was established in 2007 by Glenview Capital Management co-founder Amy Robbins. Prior to launching the foundation, Robbins gave $5 million to create the Mercury Fund for Emergency Response, which provides UNICEF with dedicated funds to respond in the critical early stages of humanitarian crises, and $2 million to Teach for America to recruit more teacher candidates.

"I wanted to be a role model for my children, to teach them you can live on Park Avenue and serve the world's poorest, that everyone has the chance to matter," said Robbins. "Children in Africa and around the world don't deserve any different life than my kids have here in New York."

Shelly Banjo. "Creating a Policy Research Center in a 'Risky' Zone." Wall Street Journal 07/19/2010.