What Girls Need to Grow: Lessons for Social Change Philanthropy: Impact Report No. 2: The Girls' Project

Global Fund for Women



This report summarizes and synthesizes the key findings of the Global Fund for Women’s Girls’ Reflection and Evaluation Project (The Girls’ Project). The Girls’ Project is an analysis of the impact of 40 Global Fund for Women grantee organizations on the lives of girls in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The research was supported by a multi-year grant from the Oak Foundation and conducted during 2001-2002 by Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd.

  • Questionnaires were sent to program directors, staff and girl participants from 67 Global Fund grantees working with girls. Forty programs responded. Girls responded anonymously.
  • Strategic Philanthropy conducted five on-site, in-depth case studies. These included observations of programs in progress, focus groups with girls, parents and program staff; and in-depth interviews with program directors. During on-site interviews, girls participated in photo-journaling exercises to document their experiences in their own pictures and words.

The Global Fund for Women is one of few progressive, international grantmaking foundations with a strong focus on advancing the human rights of women and girls. Since 1998, the Global Fund has made significant investments in girls’ education as part of its commitment to achieving gender parity and equal opportunity for all children. Between 1998 and 2003, the Global Fund awarded $1,943,935 to 74 organizations in 37 countries working directly to improve the lives of girls. Seventy-nine percent of monies granted to girls’ educational programs were made possible through support from the Preston Education Fund for Girls. Administered by the Global Fund for Women, the Preston Fund finances efforts to increase girls’ access, retention and achievement in primary school, and improve the quality of girls’ primary school education.



  • Evaluation
  • Partnership


  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Northern America

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