From ‘Lobbying for the Greater Good’, by DAVID BORNSTEIN, at the New York Times

Results remains one of the best-kept secrets in development. Since the 1980s, Results has played a unique role in helping to direct billions of dollars of government funding toward child survival, microfinance, education and health. It has done it with an army of volunteers and almost no fanfare. “Results has such a lean and efficient model that nobody knows about them,” explained Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank. “They’re incredibly dedicated and very knowledgeable about the issues. It’s remarkable how much they’ve done and how few people have any idea about it.”

“They are one of the most effective organizations I encounter in Washington,” said Representative  Rush Holt (D-N.J.), who has worked to increase U.S.A.I.D. funding for microfinance for the very poor. “They’re not in it for self-enrichment. They do their homework; they know the facts. They are relentless, but in a very polite way. And they show gratitude.”

Results was also the first organization to get members of Congress to focus on tuberculosis, a leading killer especially in poor countries. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who has been a champion in Congress in this fight, recalled: “I got involved in tuberculosis work because a bunch of Results volunteers came to me in Oberlin and Medina, Ohio. They were convincing, well informed and they were persistent.”

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