Updated Nov 08, 2018CLOSED

WomenConnect Challenge

Offered by U.S. Agency for International Development as part of Center for Digital Development and WomenConnect Challenge

The WomenConnect Challenge 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. We are looking to identify and accelerate comprehensive solutions that empower women and girls to access and use digital technology to drive positive health, education, and livelihoods outcomes for themselves and their families.USAID will test the promising pilot approaches, with technical assistance and financial support, and then scale proven solutions for maximum reach and result.

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CLOSEDMay 04, 2018Deadline
$80,000 - $120,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 3: Proof of Concept, Stage 4: Transition to Scale and Stage 5: Scaling
Implemented In:
CountryMongolia, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Afghanistan, Guinea, Guatemala, Ghana, Georgia, Fiji, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Djibouti, Cyprus, Cuba, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Colombia, China, Chad, Cameroon, Cambodia, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Benin, Belarus, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, Angola, Albania, Haiti, Serbia, Maldives, Malawi, Lebanon, Senegal, Rwanda, Philippines, Peru, Panama, Nigeria, Niger, Nepal, Namibia, Mozambique, Morocco, Moldova, Mexico, Mauritania, Mali, Macedonia, Libya, Liberia, Lesotho, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Jordan, Jamaica, Iraq, Montenegro, Kosovo, India, Honduras, Egypt, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Uganda, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Vietnam, Venezuela, Tunisia, Thailand, Tanzania, Syria, Swaziland, Sudan, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, South Africa, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Madagascar, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Pakistan and Yemen
Focus AreasGender and Technology
Gender and Digital Development
Gender and Digital Inclusion & Connectivity
The WomenConnect Challenge is open to registered US or non-US organizations regardless of type. Individuals are eligible to apply with demonstrated organizational partnerships. Government entities are not eligible to apply. All Applicants must use WomenConnect funds to implement a solution in a country with USAID presence.

Solutions must be implemented in countries where USAID has a local presence. Please visit the USAID.gov Mission Directory to confirm your country has a USAID presence.

Other Requirements

Target BeneficiariesProposals that promote more gender equitable access to and usage of existing digital infrastructure (as opposed to solutions that necessitate new infrastructure)
Management TeamWomenConnect Challenge encourages applications from organizations with women in leadership positions
Potential for ScaleProposals will be measured according to the degree to which the proposed solution is able to impact a development problem affecting women and girls. The proposed solution must also demonstrate the potential to reach additional women and girls through replication or adaptation in new geographies, sectors, or contexts.

The WomenConnect Challenge encourages applications from private sector actors, entrepreneurs, and organizations with market-based solutions and/or clear plans for sustainability beyond the point of award.
WomenConnect Challenge will not fund:

-Solutions with a strictly research focus
-Solutions in the idea phase with no demonstration of application
-Solutions that center around the provision of free equipment or focus on building new infrastructure
-Solutions that focus on a single component of the issue (for example, standalone digital literacy programs or SIM-card giveaways)
-Solutions that do not establish partnerships with relevant stakeholders
-Solutions that do not address societal perceptions and/or women’s trust and safety while online
-Solutions that are a continuation of an existing project without a new component
-Solutions that are affiliated with a political party or engaged in political activity
-Solutions that are focused solely on religious activities

Application Directions

There are two stages of proposal submission: Concept Note and Full Application. Applicants whose proposals are considered successful during the Concept Note stage will be requested to submit supplemental documents and a Full Application. Applicants must apply during the Concept Note stage to be considered for the Full Application stage. Please submit Concept Notes online.

Concept Notes and Applications must be submitted in English.

Application And Awards Process

Questions regarding this Request for Applications should be submitted no later than March 28, 2018 12:00 pm ET to the following onlineform.

Digital Frontiers will host a webinar on April 2, 2018 at 10:00 am ET. We will answer all submitted questions and respond to questions submitted via the webinar platform. A recording of the webinar, as well as the answers to the submitted questions (without attribution), will be reposted on the application website.

Any information given to a prospective Applicant concerning this RFA will be made available to all prospective Applicants as an amendment to this RFA, if the information is necessary for submitting applications or if the lack of this information would be prejudicial to any other prospective Applicant.



Past Funded Innovations Of WomenConnect Challenge

OCT 2018
Mobile Vaani (A federated network of mobile based community media platforms)Mobile Vaani (A federated network of mobile based community media platforms)
  • $103,805PENDING
    1. TITLEWomen centric includive voice based, digital platform
    2. TYPEGrant
    3. FOCUS AREASGender Equity, Gender-based Violence and Digital Inclusion & Connectivity
    4. IMPLEMENTED INGender Equity, Gender-based Violence and Digital Inclusion & Connectivity
    5. FUNDINGWomenConnect Challenge
    6. ORGANIZATIONU.S. Agency for International DevelopmentU.S. Agency for International Development as part of Center for Digital Development, U.S. Global Development Lab, WomenConnect ChallengeCenter for Digital Development, U.S. Global Development Lab, WomenConnect Challenge
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