The Girls Education Challenge aims to improve the learning opportunities and outcomes of over one million of the worlds most marginalised girls
Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), UK Aid Direct was established in 2014 as a successor to the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF), which was created in 2010. UK Aid Direct is a challenge fund designed to support the UK’s commitments to achieving the Global Goals. The aim of UK Aid Direct is to fund small- and medium-sized national and international civil society organisations (CSOs) to reduce poverty and work towards achieving the Global Goals. Specifically, UK Aid Direct funding reaches the most marginalised and vulnerable populations, supporting the DFID agenda to ‘leave no one behind’. This agenda can be achieved through funding projects that encompass service delivery, economic empowerment, strengthening accountability or generating social change. As a flexible fund, UK Aid Direct is designed to be an adaptive and demand-led fund that responds to DFID priorities of:\n\n- Strengthening global peace, security and governance\n\n- Strengthening resilience and response to crisis\n\n- Promoting global prosperity\n\n- Tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable\n\n- Delivering value for money
UK Aid Connect is designed to create the form of civil society that DFID needs to meet its objectives and the form of civil society the future requires. By creating diverse coalitions to address complex, inter-dependent policy and practice challenges it answers a market gap widely recognised through the CSPR.
The programme seeks to ensure that women are able to safely plan their pregnancies and improve their sexual and reproductive health, particularly the young and marginalized; through the following components: - Challenge social norms, increasing the demand and uptake for family planning - Provide targeted service delivery for voluntary family planning integrated within a wider sexual and reproductive health and rights package - Promote a supportive legal, financial and policy framework for sustainable family planning and safe abortion services - Leverage domestic financing and commitments for family planning and sexual and reproductive health services
The Education for Life project will work with 5,000 out of school girls (OOSGs) in 5 counties in Kenya: Garissa, Isiolo, Kilifi, Migori and Kisumu to improve their literacy and support them to access a quality education. It is a 5-year project that began in October 2018. EfL will contribute to improved life chances of marginalized girls through three 3 outcomes - learning, transition and sustainability and 4 Intermediate Outcomes (IOs): i. Regular attendance of girls in formal and non-formal learning; ii. Improved quality of teaching; iii. Increased positive social norms; iv. Responsive and enabling policy environment. To address the root causes of the girls being out of school, the project will go beyond enhancing training/education to ensuring a supportive enabling environment. Thus, the IOs target not only the girls (IO1) but also schools and teachers (IO2), parents/guardians/community members (IO3), policies and networks (IO4).
To make DFIDs Research agenda more responsive through the production of short term policy research that will address the needs of policy makers by providing them with primary evidence that can subsequently be used for policy analysis in such areas as Health, Education, Conflict, Cash Transfers, Aid Transparency, Tax Policy, Social Protection, Energy, Payment by Results, Economics and Innovation. Short term policy driver research studies will be commissioned in the following sectors and regions. A series of case studies will be developed for Higher Education covering Burma, Ghana, Pakistan and Sierra Leone. The information available on Electricity Access and Electricity Insecurity will be reviewed for India. A study will be undertaken on assessing the Cuban Model of Medical Education in sub-Saharan Africa. A review will be undertaken looking at Social Protection and Tax in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and Activity based Learning will be reviewed in Tamil Nadu, India.
Disability inclusion is a neglected, under-prioritised issue in international development; a lack of evidence around what works in practice to deliver inclusion contributes to difficulty in building effective programmes. The DFID Disability Inclusive Development (DID) Programme is a £30m programme designed to contribute to the long-term improved well-being and inclusion of people with disabilities in low-and-middle-income countries. DID will carry out a series of small scale interventions around increased access to health care and education, improved livelihoods and reduced stigma and discrimination, using new development approaches such as adaptive management and community-based consultation to deliver better quality of life for persons with disabilities. The programme will create a solid evidence base around what delivers positive results for persons with disabilities to scale up, as well as ensure this data and evidence is disseminated and informs the global community and governments. DID will run for six years and complement DFID’s current disability inclusion programming including UK Aid Connect.
Leave no Girl Behind is a new initiative as a part of the Girl’s Education Challenge. This initiative will support interventions providing literacy, numeracy and skills relevant to life and work to highly marginalised, adolescent girls (between 10 and 19 years) who have never attended or have already dropped out of school in countries where DFID works.
The summit aims to bring together global leaders and technology companies to tackle the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fulfilling their potential.
This project will work in 1 province in Zimbabwe to demonstrate to the government the viability and impact of LCDIs’ inclusive education (IE) model on providing education for disabled girls and boys in mainstream primary schools, contributing to MDG2. The project will enrol and retain 2241 disabled children. The project will embed policy change in the MoE, and IE approaches in schools and local communities to ensure sustainable outcomes. ;
There are about 16,000 people with disabilities in Moyo District, Northern Uganda, a rural area recovering from a long period of armed conflict. These people need specific assistance to have a chance of getting a job or setting up a new enterprise. This project provides rehabilitation support, training, and career counselling to people with disabilities, helping them to acquire locally-relevant vocational skills. Many also get group support, loans, or intensive training so they can acquire formal jobs or set up new businesses for themselves. Traditional attitudes to disability are harsh, so the project also runs awareness raising programmes to reduce both social stigma and the barriers to finding jobs. The project aims to help people with disabilities gain employment and provide for themselves.
Children with disabilities often face unique problems within mainstream education. They are one of the largest and hardest to reach groups of marginalised children, and often some of the most vulnerable. This project is designed to ensure the inclusion of children with disabilities within mainstream education in Tanzania. Whole school health and learning assessments will take place to ensure those with hidden, mild, or misdiagnosed disabilities are identified and the appropriate educational or infrastructure support is put in place. 1000 children with disabilities will be enrolled in school, and communities & district education staff will be supported to better provide support structures to manage schools for future inclusion of all children in school.
The project aims to improve access to livelihood opportunities for people with disabilities in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh through development, training and support to equip people with the skills, abilities and support to enable them to obtain employment, or start a business of their choice. Leonard Cheshire has experience of working in 53 countries worldwide in helping people with disabilities meet some of the challenges they face in supporting themselves and their families. Their work in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan will operate through existing centres which will be strengthened. Staff training will be provided, and outreach will also be conducted to reach as many people as possible. Services provided will include training, career guidance, mentoring and facilitation of job training and placement schemes with employers.
The Girls Education Challenge (GEC) will help up to a million of the worlds poorest girls improve their lives through education. The initiative calls on non-governmental organisations (NGOs), charities and the private sector to find better ways of getting girls in school and ensuring they receive a quality of education to transform their future. The total budget value of Ł300 million represents the committed amount of GEC project funding for the 37 individual projects (from 01/01/2013 to 31/03/2017) forming part of the larger GEC programme. Please note that information relating to projects operating in fragile states are not displayed for security reasons.