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We are pleased to present our most recent Frontier Fund Awards. Grantees are announced on a rolling basis.
2018 – The (Un)Scientific Method
In 2017, CIR launched The (Un)Scientific Method, an investigative reporting beat focused on publishing investigative reports exposing conflicts between science and government during a time of significant political upheaval in Washington, D.C. The focus of this work is on uncovering new stories that are relevant to the science and technology ecosystem and the powerful way in which Washington influences scientific progress. In particular, they have sought to examine the politicization of scientific decision making at the federal level, the impact of anti-science appointees to the cabinet and federal agencies, and conflicts of interest that inhibit scientific innovation, research and regulation that would be in the public’s best interest.
2017 – Defending the Fourth Estate
To bolster the commitment to one of our key programs of interest, Civics, our Frontier Fund has chosen to distribute $50,000 among several non-profit organizations which strengthen public knowledge and transparency. The Rogovy Foundation places great value on the “Fourth Estate,” and supports journalism’s essential role in a functioning democracy. Below are the organizations receiving grants.
2016 – Investing in Solar Lights
In 2016 a grant was awarded to SolarAid, whose mission is to provide solar powered lamps to areas without electricity. Read more about how this inexpensive device is providing clean and efficient lighting to rural Africa.
In March 2016, The Rogovy Foundation partnered with the international development charity SolarAid to reach over 38,000 people with life-changing solar lights in the Western and Rift Valley provinces of Kenya.
SolarAid enables access to clean and affordable energy through its social enterprise, SunnyMoney, which seeks to create trust and demand for solar lights in rural Africa through its ‘trade-not-aid’ model.
93% of the rural population in Kenya does not have access to electricity. Most families resort to using the toxic kerosene lamp to light their homes at night. Kerosene only serves to imperil health, impair education, waste household income and emit astonishingly high amounts of carbon.
A small affordable solar light changes everything. Each solar light means a child studies one hour extra each evening. Parents can use the significant savings each year on better food, education or farming inputs. Health improves and life gets better.
SolarAid schools campaign in Kenya – Photo by Patrick Bentley