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Bayer Foundation Impact Report 2022: Moving from Impact Measurement to Management

We spoke with 1,216 respondents engaging with 5 of Bayer Foundation's grantees in August - November 2022; across Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, and Senegal, they had a lot to say.

In 2022, The Bayer Foundation worked to move from impact measurement towards active management through a data-driven approach for decision-making and portfolio development. They evaluate our Social Innovation portfolio to ensure our grants are reaching the target beneficiaries all while verifying the successful generation of long-lasting impact.

In partnership, 60 Decibels provided the Bayer Foundation with actionable and benchmarked social impact performance insights highlighted in the Bayer Foundation’s impact report.

60 Decibels gathers the data directly from end beneficiaries associated with their grantees. Targeted beneficiaries are asked specific questions in their own language through a phone survey campaign to obtain insights on the product or services´ novelty, accessibility, quality and impact on respondents’ quality of life.

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Each portfolio company in the Bayer Foundation Impact Report can be explored in detail below

Path

Malaria is one of Senegal´s major health challenges and yet little prevention is found in remote regions in the North such as Tambacounda. Tambacounda accounts to 34% of malaria-related death in children under 5 years in Senegal.

In 2019, Bayer Foundation granted Path 758k EUR to strengthen the Tambacounda community response to malaria by using an integrated approach to health and agriculture. Path built on MyAgro´s network of auto-entrepreneurs to develop Malaria Community Champions. These community champions will work hand in hand with the health authorities to reduce malaria´s burden in rural Tambacounda farming communities.

Read their report here.

Pula

Smallholder farmers in developing countries produce more than 80% of the developing world’s food yet they make up a significant portion of the world´s poorest living under 2$ a day due to barriers to improving their incomes.

In 2019, Bayer Foundation granted Mercy Corps to develop in partnership with Pula a suite of digital solutions to improve smallholder farmers productivities in Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia. The goal of the partnership was to iterate and test powerful and data-driven digital solutions embedded in educational and financial services, such as insurance and agronomy advisory, into agricultural inputs, thereby increasing smallholder farmers’ inputs, reducing their farming risk and thus improving their productivity.

Read their report here.

MyAgro

Farmers in Mali, Senegal and Tanzania are in one of the region’s most vulnerable to climate change, such as low yield and income, which undermines food security and threatens their livelihoods.

In 2020, Bayer Foundation granted 1001k EUR to MyAgro to aid smallholder farmers in Senegal, Tanzania and Mali to stay financially afloat. Through an online platform, farmers can use their mobile phones to save money and purchase seeds and fertilizer in small increments. Agricultural training is provided with one stop shop solutions combined with seeds and fertilizer. As such, farmers can increase their yields and progressively lift themselves out of poverty.

Read their report here.

Living Goods

Across sub-Saharan Africa public health facilities lack effectiveness due to overstretched public funding, insufficient medical staff and unreliable supply of quality medicines.

In 2020, Bayer Foundation granted 700k EUR to Living Goods to provide high impact family planning and women´s health services in Uganda using innovative technologies. Living Good aims to ensure there is a community health worker in every community. Locals are trained as frontline health workers who can deliver life-saving care on demand to families in need. Data-driven performance management, incentive systems, regular in-service training, and supportive supervision ensure every community health worker delivers high quality care.

Read their report here.

MTomady

In Madagascar, smallholder farmers must choose between financial ruin or healthcare due to non-existent health insurance and unaffordable basic health care services.

In 2021, Bayer Foundation granted 250k to mTomady to establish the COVER platform. This platform aims to distribute conditional cash transfers and electronic vouchers to smallholder farmers and their families for essential health services. Frontline health workers are empowered to digitally enroll beneficiaries in the program and distribute behavioral nudges including performance-based micro payments. The feasibility of using mobile technology to achieve Universal Health Coverage in Madagascar will be accessed in collaboration with community-based health insurances and the Madagascan Ministry of Health.

Read their report here.

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