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Bayer Foundation Report 2022: Let’s move from Impact Measurement to Management!

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


To arrive at our desired outcome level, we work with 60_decibels, a global tech enabled impact measurement company, to externally verify our self-reported data.


60_decibels provided Bayer Foundation with actionable and benchmarked social impact performance insights highlighted in the latest Bayer Foundation Report 2022. This data is gathered directly from the end beneficiaries associated with our 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.


As a result, we obtain an in depth quantitative and qualitative aggregate report segmented by sex of the respondent and customized recommendation for each program to improve their impact.


You can access the aggregate report here



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.


Photo credits: Path Website downloaded 24th February 2023



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.



Photo credits: Mercy Corps website Pula: Reimagining the landscape of agricultural insurance | Mercy Corps downloaded 24th February 2023



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.



Photo credits: MyAgro 



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.



Photo credits – Bayer Foundation archives/Living Goods



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.



Photo credit: mtomady website 24th February 2023


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