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The Overseas Project Team

What We Do

The Overseas Project Team (OPT) operates Tzedek’s Partnership Project Grants scheme, supporting grassroots projects that improve the incomes and economic opportunities of poor and marginalised people.

In the last five years, the OPT have delivered £250,000 of grants to over 70 projects across Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Somalia and Nigeria, impacting nearly 10,000 people by at least doubling their individual income.

Last year, Tzedek funded 20 partnership projects, enabling 3,600 people to move out of extreme poverty by on average tripling their individual incomes.

How We Work

The OPT funds small grassroots projects from local NGOs in India that increase the quality of life for individuals currently living below or close to the international poverty line. Most if not all projects funded will have a direct increase in income for beneficiaries. The typical type of projects funded in the past includes vocational training, microcredit, livelihood startups, livestock, agriculture and more.

The OPT meets 4-6 times a year. The meetings include a review of current applications and talks from experts in international development. The meetings are usually held in North West London on Sunday afternoons. Each team member’s main responsibility is to liaise with partners regarding new applications, and present them in the meetings so that the team can decide which projects will be funded.

Joining the OPT is a great opportunity to communicate directly with our partners overseas, get to know them and their needs and help them create sustainable projects that lift people out of poverty.