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USAID has partnered with Reliance Foundation to help bridge the gender digital divide in India. The USAID/Reliance Foundation WomenConnect Challenge India supports new approaches that close this gap, expand business opportunities for women, and empower women to empower themselves and their communities.

The new grantees, to be announced in early 2021, will focus on WomenConnect proven strategies to close the gender digital divide and increase women’s economic empowerment through one of many ways: challenge social and cultural perceptions, develop skills and opportunities, build confidence, grow community advocates, and design creative women-centric technology.

Building on these findings, USAID and Reliance Foundation are sponsoring this joint program across India to incorporate these efforts into programs that are designed for specific community-based interventions.

"When women rise, families flourish, communities grow, and countries prosper. A truly developed world has to be an equal world." -- Mrs. Nita M. Ambani , Founder and Chairperson, Reliance Foundation

Relevant Dates:

Issue Date of RFA  | 28 September 2020

Deadline for Submission of Phase 1 Application | 6 November 2020

Semi-Finalists Announced | December 2020

Solvers Symposium | January 2021

Deadline for Submission of Phase 2 Application | March 2021

Awardees Announced | April 2021

Project Implementation | April 2021 - July 2022