TWO YEARS INTO THE WORLD’S FIRST DEVELOPMENT IMPACT BOND FOR EDUCATION

Educate Girls along with UBS Optimus Foundation (UBSOF) and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) launched the world’s first Development Impact Bond (DIB) in education on June 16, 2014. It’s a 3-year pilot that began in the academic year of 2015. For all the tight timelines, challenges- old and new, and adapting to a new funding…

HOW COLOUR IS MAKING OUR DOOR-TO-DOOR SURVEYS MORE EFFECTIVE

A 4 hour journey from Indore in the wee hours of the morning and we arrived at a village in our new district of Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. There to attend a door-to-door survey, we were told we will also be part of the social mapping process done prior to the door-to-door survey. A quick Google…

BOOSTING LEARNING OUTCOMES WITH IMPROVED VISION

A healthy eyesight is crucial in ensuring students are learning well. Many studies say that roughly 80% of the information presented in school to children today is presented visually.  It is possible that parents, or even teachers, may not be able to narrow vision as a barrier to learning for a child. However, research indicates…

KIDS LOVE HIKING. IT GETS THEM TO SCHOOL.

Bosa, a medium-sized village located in Sirohi, Rajasthan, houses a tribal community called Garasia. This community is known for a large number of festivals, fairs and their various unique social traditions. Despite having a strong society and an inherent sense of pride in their customs, some of their malpractices such as vair pratha (family enmity…

EXPLORING GENDER GAP IN PAY

Picture this. Two colleagues, Ajay and Isha, work at the same company in adjacent cubicles. They both joined the company in the same month, they’re both MBA graduates from reputed colleges, with three years of experience each and are at par in performance metrics and achieving targets. The difference? Ajay is paid 25% more than Isha….

‘DOWN’ AND OUT OF SCHOOL

Lack of functioning toilets results in 23% adolescent girls dropping out of school every year. This Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28), it’s important for us to highlight and be aware about the issue that hampers girls’ access to education across the globe. Lack of sanitary products, adequate information and availability of infrastructure leads to poor attendance…

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SOCIAL PROGRESS IMPERATIVE 2017 SUMMIT

“What if sociologists had as much influence as economists?” That’s the provocation with which Bjarni Benediktsson, Iceland’s 46-year-old Prime Minister of Iceland, set the tone for recent global summit of Social Progress Imperative (SPI). The gathering in Reykjavik drew leaders from civil society, business, and government to apply the third edition of the annual Social…

WHY OUR TEAM BALIKA MODEL WORKS

In one of our recent posts we spoke about who Team Balika are and how we recruit them. Team Balika are community volunteers in the villages we work in. They support the Educate Girls model by increasing enrollment and retention of girls and improving learning outcomes for all children in schools. Team Balika are the…

FUNDRAISING FROM NEW AGE PHILANTHROPISTS

A new breed of philanthropists is emerging–do you have what it takes to engage with them successfully? Here’s a four-step guide to help you fundraise effectively from these up-and-coming donors. New age philanthropist Noun: A new breed of funders passionate about solving social problems and keen to bring their business acumen, skills and funds to…

I AM NOT LESSER THAN A SON

“We will raise you, meet all your requirements, fulfill your wishes and one day you will get married and go away. If you work, whatever you earn will benefit your in laws, not us!”  “The name and fame you achieve in the future will be in your husband’s name, only a son can carry our…