$161m for local initiatives in Africa, Asia, Latin America from Co-Impact


Alliance magazine


Philanthropic collaborative Co-Impact has announced $161 million in grants for 34 initiatives across Africa, Asia, and Latin America to help make systems more just and inclusive while advancing gender equality and women’s leadership.

The grants fall into three categories. $95 million is allocated to eight long-term systems change initiatives focused on improving health, education, and economic opportunity. $66 million has been granted to 34 projects that seek to address various systemic barriers surrounding gender-based and sexual violence, bodily autonomy and access to healthcare, educational opportunities for girls, and improved economic opportunities for women. And $1.6 million has been allocated to two initiatives that are advancing research and learning on how to advance women’s leadership and gender equality.

‘Many systems around the world fail to deliver on their promises because discrimination against women, girls and other marginalized groups is baked into their design. Our program partners work with governments to fix this, dismantling barriers to inclusion in public and market systems and using proven innovations to help millions of people access greater opportunities and live with dignity’, said Olivia Leland, Co-Impact’s Founder and CEO.

The grants were made through Co-Impact’s Foundational and Gender Funds. Co-Impact funders include foundations and philanthropic leaders from across the world – including Mackenzie Scott, Melinda French Gates, Tsitsi Masiyiwa and Roshni Nadar Malhotra – who have pooled resources to advance more powerful change together and accelerate mutual learning.

‘Trust and long-term support are essential to achieve outcomes,’ said Rakesh Rajani, Vice President of Programs at Co-Impact, ‘virtually all our long-term and flexible funding goes to organizations led by people, mostly women, rooted in the Global South. They are best placed to lead because they are closer to the action, know their local contexts and have the credibility and relationships needed to achieve lasting change.’

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