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Who We Are

FXB works to create a world where everyone has a chance not just to survive but to thrive. Our mission is to provide the poorest of the poor families with the tools and support they need to become self-sufficient and give their children a future.

In 1991, FXB pioneered The FXBVillage Model, an integrated and field-tested methodology that simultaneously tackles the five drivers of poverty eradication: nutrition, education, health, housing, and income. The FXBVillage Model provides a multidimensional solution to allow participants to permanently escape extreme poverty. FXB partners with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, the only university-wide human rights center promoting the advancement of cross-disciplinary research and policy, in order to strengthen FXB’s monitoring and evaluation system.

We don’t just hand people money, because money comes and goes. We hand them a multidimensional solution to permanently escape extreme poverty.


FXB has nine country offices, implementing programs in ten countries: Burundi, China, Colombia, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda. Download an overview handout about FXB International!

FXB is headquartered in Switzerland, France and the USA. The FXB International offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Paris, France support and monitor the community development initiatives in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

FXB USA directly facilitates the coordination of the community development initiatives in Colombia. Learn more about FXB USA!

What does FXB stand for? Read the story about François-Xavier Bagnoud.

Our Impact

The FXBVillage Model has been recognized by UNICEF and UNAIDS as a “best practice.”

Families per FXBVillage
FXB Villages
People out of poverty

Research shows

of FXBVillage's families remained self sufficient four years after the program's end
Cost of a three-year FXB Village program per-person per-year

 The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

FXB is committed to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Testimonial
    Kofi Annan / Former UN Secretary-General

    All children, no matter where they live, have the right to education and a safe and secure environment in which to grow. The FXBVillages help children orphaned and affected by AIDS, and their guardian families, to enjoy these rights.

  • Testimonial
    Amartya Sen / Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences

    There are hundred of million of people who could ultimately benefit from the FXBVillage program and the followers it generates.

  • Testimonial
    Julio Frenk / Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health

    The FXBVillage Model has directly supported thousands of peoples and informed the thinking of public health and development policy leaders around the world.

  • Testimonial
    Dr. Paul Farmer / Professor at Harvard University

    FXBVillage has been a model and an exemplar of this kind of work. And it is linked to serious scholarship, to thinking, to teaching, to training, about how we can all do better accompanying people from poverty to self-sufficiency.

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My son François-Xavier Bagnoud was passionate about rescuing people. As a helicopter pilot, it was his job – but also his life. When he died, I wanted to keep François’ passion alive by promoting the things that fascinated him, and by rescuing orphans and people around the world from extreme poverty. And so FXB was born, with the ultimate aim to bring about peace and security in the world by focusing on children, youth and women.

– Albina du Boisrouvray, FXB Founder and President Emerita