Independent report

Evaluation of Innovation Window: Girls’ Education Challenge Fund

The Innovation Window has a distinct focus to support innovative projects testing new approaches to address barriers to girls’ education.



In 2012, the Department for International Development (DFID) launched the £355 million Girls’ Education Challenge Fund (GEC), which intends to support up to a million of the world’s most marginalised girls to improve their lives through education.

Within the Innovation Window (IW), DFID awarded £30 million across 19 IW projects that test new ideas to support marginalised girls to learn. These innovations could include technological solutions, the development of new partnerships, applying successful approaches to new contexts, communities or age groups, and engaging women in decision-making. Together the IW projects aim to support 246,000 marginalised girls across 12 of the GEC target countries.

Published 22 September 2017
Last updated 19 April 2018 + show all updates
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