The New Paradigm Fund (NPF) seeks to identify, develop, evaluate and share superior models for improving health and well-being in under-served populations around the world.
NPF’s purpose is to provide strategic support to applied research and pilot programs in health and well-being that embrace indigenous people and their beliefs and practices, with solutions that come from within communities. Preferred solutions are grounded in the local culture, and are sustainable using the resources of the local culture and communities. This is far superior to relying on continuing outside assistance (which can lead to dependence and a devaluing of even the best aspects of indigenous culture).
In particular, NPF supports approaches that involve character, decision-making, and responsibility development, which recognize that local peoples have the capacity to make fundamental changes in behavior and are more than victims of circumstance. As these approaches are implemented and evaluated, NPF shares models and advocates for their dissemination and use in appropriate other contexts.
The New Paradigm Fund emerged in 2010 as a follow-on project to the Harvard-based AIDS Prevention Research Project, which was supported by the John Templeton Foundation. In its brief history, NPF has funded several projects in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe (Romania). The region of emphasis is primarily–but not exclusively–sub-Saharan Africa.
A major focus has been to assist in the reduction and elimination of the spread of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, while also exploring rain forest and primate conservation, and aspects of poverty associated with stateless and minority peoples.
NPF has also added an additional significant area of support: alcoholism and drug addiction. This is a major public health problem, particularly in Africa, which gets little donor attention or support.
For more information on the types of programs that NPF supports, select the “Programs” link above.