Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) - United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


The Women Connect Challenge is for all the entrepreneurs out there who are aiming to bridge the digital divide. Interested? Read on!

Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) - United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) is a U.S. Government effort to economically empower 50 million women in the developing world by 2025.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance.

By investing in women, USAID is enabling countries to progress beyond assistance by unlocking human potential on a transformational scale.

USAID will disburse approximately three grants globally. The period of performance for each award is up to 24 months.

The W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge seeks to bridge the gender digital divide so that women can fully participate in the global economy. Winning solutions will support the W-GDP’s three.

Pillars:

  1. Advance workforce development and vocational education for women
  2. Provide access to capital, markets and networks for women entrepreneurs
  3. Remove restrictive regulatory, legal, workplace, and social barriers to enable women in the economy.

Steps to Applying to Round Two of the WomenConnect Challenge


  1. Step One: Go to the WomenConnect Challenge Application Platform
  2. Two: Download and read the Request for Applications (RFA)
  3. Three: Create an account here and begin your application
    • You will need to remember your login information to access your application. You can begin to fill out your application and save it as you make progress.
  4. Step Four: Submit any questions you have on the RFA here by June 17 at 12:00pm ET
  5. Five: Submit your application by July 26 at 12:00pm ET

Stats and Winners

In 2018, the program received nearly 500 applications from 89 countries.
9 winners whose work spans 13 countries won.
Gram Vaani, an India based initiative was one of the winners. Below is a bit about Gram Vaani.
In Northern India, low-income women have limited access to information. Women may not be able to use the Internet due to costs and low literacy. Gram Vaani will develop a mobile phone-based platform where women can create and share news on topics such as labor rights, maternal and child health, livelihoods opportunities, and human rights.

This platform will allow women an opportunity to learn from their peers, safely voice their concerns and discuss collective solutions to their most pressing challenges.

A network of community leaders and volunteers will then advocate for the issues to be addressed by local decision-makers, leading to greater representation of women in community decision-making.


Full details about the Women Connect Challenge are here.

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