Mapping potential implementing organisations for girls’ economic empowerment programme
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.