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Published: 2013

Mapping potential implementing organisations for girls’ economic empowerment programme

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DFID and the Nike Foundation are working in partnership to address constraints to the empowerment of adolescent girls in developing countries. Economic empowerment is a high priority for both organisations – it is one of the pillars of DFID’s Strategic Vision for Girls and Women, a key commitment in DFID’s Business Plan, and expanding girls' direct access to economic assets is a key pillar of the Nike Foundation’s Strategy. But very few donor programmes are tackling this issue of getting assets directly into girls’ hands.

To inform the design of a programme, DFID requested a mapping of the existing organisations that competitively seek innovative ideas (e.g. programmes and products) from both the private and non-profit sectors (potentially to reach girls, youth and/or women in developing country contexts) and then provide support in the forms of finance (e.g. grants) and/or technical assistance to bring their ideas to market or to implementation.


The key characteristics of the organisations and platforms of interest include:
  • ability to run open competitions e.g. global challenges (although these could also be country specific)
  • ability to manage and disburse funds (e.g. grants) at various stages of product and programme development
  • history of engaging and working with both private and non-profit sectors
  • ability to provide technical assistance to successful applicants at a range of stages throughout their product and programme development, and path to scale
  • developing country knowledge, presence and/or networks (including through partnerships/sub-contractors)
  • history of supporting new partnerships (e.g. between NGOs and the private sector)
  • experience of girls/gender, innovation and/or innovative funding models

This helpdesk response uses the above criteria to map the existing organisations that competitively seek innovative ideas from public and private sector organisations, or that support individual entrepreneurs, and then provide support in the forms of finance and/or technical assistance to bring their ideas to market.
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Authors

J. Hayes (ed)

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