The livelihoods of ~5 million smallholder coffee farmers are extremely vulnerable. We believe that coffee is a unique opportunity for them to escape poverty if they have access to the right kind of assistance. Together with proven nonprofits and partners in the coffee industry, we therefore aspire to get coffee farmers and their families out of extreme poverty by 2030. All of them.
The best nonprofits are most often far better than those who are just good. By working together with nonprofits who have proven themselves to be among the very best, we can work most effectively towards our goal.
If success can be measured, it must be measured. Therefore, we rigorously evaluate and test the results of our projects and make these findings public so that we and others can learn what does and what doesn’t work in the field.
Together with our project partners, we develop initiatives that provide smallholder coffee farmers with the means to escape their dire situation. We are currently funding two initiatives:
- An unconditional cash transfer program with GiveDirectly, a US non-profit, targeting 3,500 poor households in Iganga district, a coffee-growing region in Uganda, which started in early 2016.
- A “fact-finding” project with Enveritas, aimed at generating a consistent, reliable overview of the number of smallholder coffee farmers and their poverty levels in key coffee-growing countries, including a deep dive into Uganda; the project was kicked off in fall 2016.
The scientific debate regarding effectiveness and efficiency of international aid also provides a better understanding of the deficits of the social sector at home and how they can be overcome. Learning between developed and developing world goes both ways.
In 2017/18 we will focus heavily on continuing the projects initiated in 2016, and also on independently measuring results. In addition, we will be actively identifying additional project partners on a limited scale.
With Par we fund international programs that meet our criteria regarding effectiveness, efficiency and transparency. And why the name “Par”? Par is Latin. Its translation? “Equal”. “Equal” as in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."