Reliance Foundation and W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge India
Submission Deadline11/06/2020

Reliance Foundation and W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge India

In August 2020, Reliance Foundation announced that together with USAID it will launch the W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge (WCC) India in the fall of 2020. At the heart of this partnership is their shared goal to help bridge both the gender divide and the digital divide in India. The W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge supports new approaches that close the gender digital divide, expand business opportunities, and empower women. As part of this program, W-GDP is partnering with Reliance Foundation to create an India-specific expression of the WCC and incorporate the lessons of previous W-GDP WCC Rounds. USAID’s Challenges are designed to spark a conversation around a defined problem and build an evidence base of possible solutions. This has been demonstrated in the first two rounds of the W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge, which has produced an evidence base of effective and innovative practices. Applications should feature three of the following five proven strategies to close the gender digital divide and increase women’s economic empowerment: Break Social and Cultural Perceptions, Develop Tech or Online Job Opportunities, Build Confidence, Grow Community Advocates, and Design Creative Women-Centric Technology.

Building on these findings, USAID and Reliance Foundation are sponsoring this joint program across India to incorporate these efforts into programs that are designed for specific community and state interventions. Knowing the great challenges and diversity among Indian communities, Reliance Foundation will extend its already demonstrated deep commitment to gender equity in awarding and managing top applications.

Important Dates

Issue Date of RFA  | 28 September 2020
Deadline for Submission of Phase 1 Application | 6 November 2020 at 23:59 IST
Semi-Finalists Announced | 27 November 2020
Solvers Symposium | Early January 2021
Deadline for Submission of Phase 2 Application | Early March 2021
Awardees Announced | Mid-March 2021
Project Implementation | April 2021 - July 2022

To Apply

Download and reveiw the Request for Application (RFA) below.
Sign-up and submit your application at the top of this page.
Submit your Phase 1 application by the deadline detailed in the section above.

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