Mission: World Education is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education and social and economic development programs. World Education is well-known for its work around the globe in education (both formal and nonformal sectors); community development; school governance; girls' and women's education; integrated literacy; maternal and child health; microcredit and small enterprise development; HIV and AIDS education, prevention, and care; environmental education; refugee training; and monitoring and evaluation. World Education also works to strengthen adult literacy and education in the United States. Projects are designed to contribute to individual growth, community participation, institutional capacity, and national development.
Results: 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.
Target demographics: improve the quality of life for half a million children and adults through education
Geographic areas served: more than 20 countries, including the United States
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.