3ie receives Co-Impact grant for research on women's economic empowerment and adolescent development

Co-Impact grant announcement
13 December 2022

3ie receives Co-Impact grant for research on women's economic empowerment and adolescent development

We are pleased to announce that 3ie has been awarded a grant by Co-Impact to bolster research in the areas of women’s economic empowerment and adolescent development. The grant will be used for a scoping phase to set up a participatory researcher-practitioner partnership in India and co-develop a research agenda on the two linked areas.

3ie is one of 34 initiatives across Africa, Asia, and Latin America that have received support from the global philanthropic collaborative as part of its latest grant announcement (see the full press release) of over US $161 million to help make systems more just and inclusive whilst advancing gender equality and women’s leadership.

The grants being awarded by Co-Impact fall under three categories:

  1. US $95 million of funding under the Foundational Fund to 8 for long-term systems change initiatives focused on improving health, education, and economic opportunity - the core foundation blocks for societies to flourish and thrive – more just, inclusive, and effective. These initiatives will advance impact at scale and are expected to measurably improve the lives of an estimated 300+ million people.
  2. US $66 million of long-term, flexible funding under the Gender Fund to 24 initiatives addressing a variety of systemic barriers surrounding gender-based and sexual violence, bodily autonomy and access to healthcare, educational opportunities for girls, and improved economic opportunities for women, amongst others. This includes women in leadership initiatives in law which will develop a new generation of women lawyers and advocates, change standards and regulations to create career development for women lawyers, and incubate women leaders in law. Led by predominantly women-led organizations and locally-rooted across Africa, Asia and Latin America, these new program partners will work towards advancing women’s power, agency, and leadership, as well as help shift harmful gender norms that prevent progress towards just and inclusive systems. 
  3. US $1.6 million in grants for two initiatives to advance practitioner-oriented research and learning, and generate a body of evidence on how to advance women’s leadership and gender equality. Common across all the grants is a focus on addressing the structural and discriminatory root causes that hold back progress towards a just and inclusive society. Partners will build on rigorous evidence and lived experiences to advance sustainable impact at scale and build broad and powerful coalitions for change. These efforts will also strengthen their learning, measurement, and evaluation processes to enhance accountability and improve practice.

About Co-Impact

Founded in 2017, Co-Impact is a global organization which brings together philanthropists, foundations, local advocates and private sector partners from around the world to pool funding that supports efforts to drive sustainable change in health, education, and economic opportunity - in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Together with locally-rooted program partners and advisors, Co-Impact has formed a global collaborative that advances inclusive systems change, gender equality, and women’s leadership through grant-making and influencing philanthropy. Co-Impact’s diverse team is spread across 8 countries on 4 continents, where they support powerful coalitions of actors - from grassroots organizations to governments - to collaboratively effect substantive and sustainable systems change.