Meet the team behind the project
Vodafone Foundation’s independently chaired project taskforce played a crucial role shaping the focus areas and direction of this research, and continues to guide our longer-term decision-making
Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
Director, SDGs, Sustainable Business & Foundations, Vodafone Group
Executive Director, Vodacom & Chair, Vodacom Foundation
Executive Director, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, Cambridge Judge Business School
Managing Director, ClearView Research
Director, Africa Centre on Philanthropy and Social Investment
Our research partners
A heritage of commitment to long-term change
Investing in local communities since 1991
Vodafone Foundation uses the power of connectivity to change lives and address some of the world’s most important and pressing problems. Founded in 1991 with a simple mission to invest in the communities in which Vodafone operates, today the charity connects people and ideas with technology and funding - to help those who are already doing good work to achieve results faster, more cost effectively and with an even greater social impact.
30 years of African digital transformation
Vodafone has been part of Africa’s digital transformation for 30 years, operating through locally managed brands including Vodacom and Safaricom. Working in tandem with these African led businesses, Vodafone’s network of local foundations have built a strong presence in - and commitment to - the continent.
The group’s commercial and geographic reach across eight African countries is reflected in the breadth of the Foundation’s work to help some of the most vulnerable African communities. Examples include:
In partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
Connecting 500,000 refugee students and their communities to a digital education by 2025.
In partnership with Learning Equality
Connecting a generation of learners in sub-Saharan Africa to a free, higher-quality digital learning experience.
In partnership with Touch Foundation
Connecting pregnant women to better healthcare in rural Tanzania - where almost half of all women giving birth at home, do so without the care of a skilled health worker.
In partnership with Girl Effect
Connecting more than 11 million girls in Africa and India to online content, that helps them navigate adolescence more safely, regardless of their level of access to phones and data.
As Vodafone Foundation marks 30 years of giving, we are reflecting on what has been achieved so far. We will continue to strive towards our goal of improving 480m lives by 2025. To achieve this, we must make sure every euro we donate, either directly or in-kind, works even harder than ever before.