RESULTS (Responsibility for Ending Starvation Using Legislation, Trimtabbing, and Support) was born from the conviction that individual actions can make a big and positive difference in the world; that everyday people have the power to engage meaningfully with global issues and social justice; and that, with the right tools, every person can affect change through democratic participation. The organization was founded in the United States in 1977 by Sam Daley-Harris, a musician and teacher, with a simple vision: a world without hunger – and to achieve that, a mission to generate the political will to end poverty. Understanding this issue through a teacher’s lens, Sam saw a role for himself as a leader in educating people in the skills of democracy and his model for social change soon spread to Canada and other countries across the world.
The earliest RESULTS Canada groups began in Victoria, Montreal and Calgary in 1986 and spread across Canada to the current total of 11 groups. In 1989 RESULTS Canada took up UNICEF’s call for a gathering of world leaders to improve child survival. This campaign provided the impetus for the 1990 World Summit for Children. In recognition of Canada’s leadership, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was chosen to co-chair the Summit. James Grant, the late Executive Director of UNICEF, estimated that the holding of this summit saved the lives of 3 million children in a single year. Moreover, this Summit was the catalyst for a revolution in child survival. The goals of the Summit became the basis for the Millennium Development Goals. Annual deaths of children under five years have been reduced from over 14 million in 1988 to less than 6 million today.
Since this early success, RESULTS Canada has taken on campaigns including vaccines and immunizations, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, water and sanitation, and maternal, newborn and child health. RESULTS Canada continues to advocate for the political will to end extreme poverty and preventable child deaths.