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Apply Now: $850,000 for Women’s Digital Economic Empowerment Research

By Wayan Vota on April 29, 2024

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Digital technology is the fastest-growing innovation in history. It has reached about 50 per cent of the developing world’s population in two decades, fundamentally transforming societies in the process. This also means that 50 per cent is still unable to access digital services or fully offline.

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Sadly, women make up a large percentage of the 50 per cent unable to access digital services or offline. Women face barriers such as limited access to device ownership or digital services, underdeveloped digital skills, discriminatory gender stereotypes, and legitimate safety concerns.

The economic empowerment of women is a crucial development issue. Access to digital services and digital financial services in particular, can create economic opportunities for women and bridge the digital and economic gender gaps by increasing their participation in the digital ecosystem and financial systems.

Women’s Economic Empowerment Research Grants

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, a Bangladesh-based social science research and academic institute, has funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for two research initiatives:

  • WEE-DiFine: generate research on the impact of digital financial services (DFS) on women’s economic empowerment and the causal mechanisms between the two in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.
  • WEE-Connect: create a knowledge hub on digital connectivity and gender and establish best case practices in inclusive funding in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Both four-year initiatives offer several types of research grants that include Southern researchers and institutions as truly equal partners in the research agenda:

  • $500,000 for Large-scale Greenfield Evaluations explicitly designed on strong theoretical grounding to target key questions in the initiative’s research agenda
  • $200,000 for Extensions to Existing Studies that would yield results of central relevance to the initiative’s research agenda.
  • $50,000 for Measurement Experiments in field surveys.
  • $50,000 for Qualitative Methods as extensions to existing studies
  • $50,000 for Pilot Studies to explore promising opportunities for larger-scale future projects

Apply Now! Deadline is April 30 WEE-Connect for and May 14 for WEE-DiFine

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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2 Comments to “Apply Now: $850,000 for Women’s Digital Economic Empowerment Research”

  1. This is a great opportunity for women to be part of this program because we have left behind due to gender equality and financially support also availability and affordability to get the materials, we hope so many women to be merit with this opportunity .

  2. Dear Donor,

    I am writing to you on behalf of GLORIOUS KING INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL to request funding support for our educational initiatives. I am reaching out to potential donors who share our commitment to providing quality education and empowering the next generation.

    GLORIOUS KING INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL is dedicated to fostering a nurturing and inclusive learning environment for our students. With a focus on holistic development, we aim to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world.

    The requested funding of $500,000 will be instrumental in supporting the following key areas:

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    3. Scholarships and Financial Aid: A portion of the funding will be allocated to providing scholarships and financial aid to deserving students who may otherwise be unable to afford quality education.

    4. Professional Development: We are committed to investing in the continuous training and development of our teaching staff to ensure that they are equipped with the latest pedagogical techniques and best practices.

    We believe that by investing in these areas, we can significantly enhance the educational experience of our students and better prepare them for future success.

    We are committed to transparency and accountability in the use of funds, and we would be happy to provide detailed reports on the impact of your contribution.

    Your support would not only benefit the current students of GLORIOUS KING INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL but also contribute to the broader community by nurturing future leaders, innovators, and responsible citizens.

    We would be honored to discuss this funding request further and provide any additional information you may require. Your generosity and partnership in our mission to provide quality education are greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for considering our request. We look forward to the possibility of collaborating with you to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our students.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Michael christopher