Mission: Founded in 1951 to meet the needs of the economically disadvantaged, World Education provides training and technical assistance in nonformal education. World Education has worked in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America as well as in the US. World Education contributes to individual growth, strengthens the capacity of local partner institutions, and catalyzes community and national development. World Education''s approach is characterized by a commitment to meaningful and equal partnership that is flexible and evolves over time, and is based on mutual interest and trust. World Education develops assets such as good health, literacy, numeracy, business and civic participation skills, and access to credit.
Programs: World Education has 3 divisions: Literacy, Africa, and Asia and Special Projects. The Literacy Division strengthens the ability of programs, organizations, and communities in the US to serve adult learners. The Africa Division works with communities to build support for education, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, strengthen civil society, train teachers, build micro-finance and micro-enterprise institutions, and develop youth potential. The Asia and Special Projects Division works in capacity building for NGOs, environmental education, youth development, vocational education, economic development, war victim assistance, refugee assistance, and combating child labor and sexual exploitation.
A lean and well-run NGO with very dedicated staff. Good focus on sustainability and better known abroad than in the US. Despite being around for decades, they manage innovate and stay focused on their development goals and commitment to education as the most effective way to reduce poverty and impact lasting change.
I'd like to understand better the relationship between the organization, World Education, Inc. (WSI), and the consultant John Snow, Inc., (JSI) which happens to be solely owned by the nonprofit's president and is its highest-paid independent contractor with $1,332,620 spent by WEI on JSI's services in fiscal year 2011. (Payments from WEI to JSI exceeded $1 million in each of the last three reporting years, with no other independent contractors listed on the forms as receiving more than $100,000 in each of these years.) The Form 990 filings clearly state that JSI's services include providing the organization with its president and other staff who are compensated buy the contractor JSI, and not by the organization, WEI. As a result not anywhere on the IRS forms do we see the see compensation levels for the charitable organization's president, and perhaps also those of other staff provided by JSI. For the last year reported to the IRS, the WEI payment to JSI represented nearly 4% of its total annual expenses.