Nov 08, 2021

Pratham selected to receive funding from Impact Challenge for Women & Girls


Pratham Education Foundation has been selected as one of the 34 initiatives worldwide to receive funding support from the Impact Challenge for Women and Girls.

The Impact Challenge for Women and Girls commits $25 million to fund organizations creating pathways to prosperity for women and girls. Over 7,800 applications were submitted by organizations from across the world and were reviewed by a panel of experts from several sectors, after which 34 initiatives were chosen.

Pratham will receive USD$1 million in funding to connect 7,000+ rural, unemployed young women to jobs in the beauty and health industry and the male-dominated automotive, mechanics, and electrical industries. We will connect women to technology-enabled livelihood clubs and offer 300 to 500 hours of all-expenses-paid training to help women gain accreditation from India’s National Skills Development Corporation. This opportunity will enable us to create upskilling opportunities for rural women in India and help them gain economic empowerment.

Dr. Rukmini Banerji, CEO of Pratham said, “We are very excited about this new funding from and with this support, we hope to raise awareness, increase access, enhance abilities and support thousands of women as they pursue their aspirations. It is an opportunity for us to reach more communities and improve the effectiveness of our training programs.”

Some of the other organizations receiving funding are Black Girls CODE (US), The Action Foundation (Kenya), Generation Australia, The Bridge International (South Korea), Founderland (Germany), and ImpactHER Foundation (Nigeria). Pratham was one of three organizations selected from India – the other two are Samhita-CGF and SwaTaleem Foundation.

Read more about the Impact Challenge for Women and Girls here.