The Waterloo Foundation is a family foundation with a significant focus on international development and environmental causes. Their international development work is focused primarily on education and water, sanitation and hygiene, with related interests in enterprise development, family planning and nutrition. Support for girls and women is a common theme across these programmes.
Within their education programme, the objective is to support more young people to complete a high quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes, with a particular focus on supporting girls and young women. Waterloo is keen to support programmes which bring about practical improvements at school-level, resulting in demonstrably improved learning outcomes for young people. WF has recognised that whilst significant emphasis has been placed by the global community on increasing enrolment to primary level, many schools have still faced high drop-out rates and poor exam performance, resulting in relatively few students making it to the end of secondary school. They have therefore supported programmes which:
- Provide in-service or pre-service teacher training
- Support school management and community/parental engagement
- Provide bursaries or financial support, particularly for girls at secondary level
- Support running costs of NGO-managed schools
- Make practical improvements to basic school infrastructure, including school sanitation facilities and hygiene awareness (including menstrual hygiene).
Most of their work takes place in Sub-Saharan Africa and some in South Asia, predominantly in countries where there is sufficient stability and governance to make longer-term development outcomes a possibility.