OUR WORK
QUICKENING THE PACE OF CHANGE
EMERGING HORIZONS IN GIRLS' EDUCATION

The first wave of work in girls’ education has helped ensure more girls are going to school now than ever in human history. Yet, we now know many are leaving school before or without attaining critical knowledge and skills, and their schools all too often reinforce gender stereotypes for both boys and girls, putting the ripple effect at risk. That’s the work of girls’ education now. It’s time to move from asking ‘Why serve girls’ to asking ‘How?’

Here's what we do know: transformation comes when girls complete secondary education, with the full skills and mindsets they need to thrive. We want to help make that happen.

OUR STRATEGY

We see our role in quickening the pace of change in girls’ education as two-fold.

First, we catalyze work that promises to fast-track improved outcomes for girls. Our chosen accelerators address pivotal moments in a girl’s life: early childhood and adolescence. In early childhood, we focus on how support early in life lays the groundwork for later learning. In adolescence, we concentrate on the wide array of skills and mindsets that help girls succeed academically. For both of these critical windows of girls’ development, we build knowledge, advance practice and drive system change.

Second, we support a robust ecosystem in girls’ education, among implementers, advocates, researchers and champions, so that effective ideas can take root and thrive. Here, we seek to propel others to do more and better work for girls, while supporting a cadre of leaders across lower-income countries. Our work aims to not only increase funding for quality education but ensure that funding goes toward solutions that evidence tells us works for girls.

OUR OPERATING PRINCIPLES
  1. Be accountable to girls. We focus on girls because of the disadvantages they face -- and the enormous change they can make.
  2. Focus on academic success. We’ll support non-academic interventions if they’re strongly tied to academic progress.
  3. Target pre-tertiary education in lower-income countries where the need is greatest and our dollars go farthest.
  4. Enable systemic change by improving school systems or connecting experimentation outside formal schools with system improvement.
  5. Learn by doing and assess rigorously. We take an adaptive and evolutionary approach, informed by data and evidence.
  6. Empower local institutions, communities and leaders. They have the most intimate knowledge and influence -- and ultimately drive development.

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OUR GRANTMAKING

Given the size of our team and the targeted nature of our work, we rely on our network of advisors, fellow funders, trusted grantees, and experts in the field to source funding opportunities that fall within our strategy focus areas. For this reason, we do not have an open grantmaking process, nor are we are able to accept unsolicited grant requests.

At the same time, when it comes to work aligned with our published strategy, we don’t want to miss a thing. If you would like to share exceptional work on the ground, or opportunities, organizations or research that are a close match to our priorities, please drop us a line. (And just note that our small team size prevents us from responding to emails outside of these guidelines.)

To see a list of our current grantees, click here.

Meet the team behind our strategy here.

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