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This page lists possible sources of funding for the implementation of POPs.

Ford Foundation


The Ford Founation -- with over $11 billion in assets -- has extensive programmes in development, but to date little focus on POPs. A positive recent development, however, is new funding for dioxin-related research in Vietnam:


"Ford Foundation Commits $2.2 Million for Environmental Research, Public Health in Vietnam

The New York City-based Ford Foundation has announced a $2.2 million commitment to build understanding of environmental hazards in Vietnam and bring critical health services to people there living with long-term disabilities.

The funds, part of a long-term effort to support grantees working on these issues, will support research to help identify dioxin "hot spots," pilot projects to develop new clean-up technologies, and survey research and public health programs designed to understand and address the health needs of people living with disabilities."

Ford - press release - 06 Nov 2006


Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

"Elimination of acute risks of obsolete pesticides in Moldova, Armenia and Georgia

geographic scope: Moldova, Armenia, Georgia

period: Jan 1st, 2005 - Dec 31st, 2007

funder: TMF programme (Thematische Mede Financiering) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dutch Foundation Doen
PSO Capacity Building in Developing Countries

partners: Tauw bv, international environmental consultancy firm (originally: Technical Advicebureau of the Union of district Waterboards, founded in 1928)
IHPA, independent and non-political network (International HCH & Pesticides Association)
SNM, the Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment

themes: obsolete pesticides, public-private partnerships, awareness raising, human health, capacity building, (inter) national network development "

Netherlands - 2005-7 - Pesticides in Moldova, Armenia and Georgia

The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance

"Pesticide Collection/Disposal Pilot Project at the Arizona/Sonora Border

The purpose of this pilot project is to support a partnership between EPA, Arizona and Sonora to plan and carry out pesticide collection/disposal events in Yuma County, Arizona, and within 25 miles of Yuma County in San Luis, Sonora. This work has been coordinated with the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) and the Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Recursos Hidraulicos, Pesca y Acuacultura del Gobierno del Estada de Sonora (SAGARHPA). This is a demonstration project to show the benefits of removal of unwanted or obsolete pesticides from agricultural areas. It is intended to be an incentive for the states of Arizona and Sonora to establish sustainable programs of their own, based on the results of this project."

Pesticide pilot project on US/Mexico border

The Mitchell Kapor Foundation

"a private foundation that seeks to contribute both to improving human well-being and to sustaining healthy ecosystems that support all life on earth ... founded in 1997 by Mitchell Kapor, the entrepreneur who founded Lotus Development Corporation."

In 2001-2, the Foundation supported several projects linked to the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN):

Kapor - 2001-2 - IPEN support

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2004, awarded the National Academy of Sciences "$35,000 over 6 months to hold a two-day expert meeting to assess the scientific issues associated with the public health use of DDT to prevent malaria."

Though the Gates Foundation -- with over $29 billion in assets and much more to come --  has major programmes on health and on development, it does not seem to have yet addressed the POPs agenda.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

With over $7 billion in assets, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has major programmes of support in the areas of environmenta and development. It does not, however, have a programme in support of POPs.