Launched in 2018, the WomenConnect Challenge (WCC) is a global call for solutions to improve women’s participation in everyday life by meaningfully changing the ways women and girls access and use technology.
The nine Round One projects focus on addressing the social and cultural norms that keep women offline and under-empowered. WCC focuses on local solutions to close the gender digital divide, with an eye on interventions that could be replicated in other communities.
Through the WomenConnect Challenge grantees, USAID has identified five proven strategies to close the gender digital divide and increase women’s economic empowerment. The projects emphasized the need to incorporate women-centric programming, challenge perceptions, and generate economic opportunities.
In response to the call, USAID received more than 500 applications from 89 countries.
The challenge winners are: AFCHIX, Equal Access International, Gram Vaani, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Innovations for Poverty Action, Institute for Financial Management and Research, Mali Health, GAPI and Bluetown, and Viamo.