Dasra Girl

Alliance
 

Alliance

“We would like every girl to have an education, to be healthy and safe, to have skills, have the ability to exercise choice. And one of the keys to creating these opportunities for girls is to build knowledge for the sector, raise more funds, and forge collaborations across donors, non-profits, governments. The Dasra Girl Alliance has all these elements and more.” 


– Lynne Smitham, 
Co-founder Kiawah Trust

The Dasra Girl Alliance seeks to create a world where girls are safe, seen and celebrated.

Launched in 2013 in partnership with USAID, Kiawah Trust and the Piramal Foundation, the Alliance aims to build a thriving ecosystem that empowers adolescent girls and improves health outcomes for mothers and children.

By 2018, it aims to direct USD 38.5 million (INR 250 crore)  to improve the lives of over five million girls, mothers and children.

 

Alliance

“We would like every girl to have an education, to be healthy and safe, to have skills, have the ability to exercise choice. And one of the keys to creating these opportunities for girls is to build knowledge for the sector, raise more funds, and forge collaborations across donors, non-profits, governments. The Dasra Girl Alliance has all these elements and more.” 


– Lynne Smitham, 
Co-founder Kiawah Trust

The Dasra Girl Alliance seeks to create a world where girls are safe, seen and celebrated.

Launched in 2013 in partnership with USAID, Kiawah Trust and the Piramal Foundation, the Alliance aims to build a thriving ecosystem that empowers adolescent girls and improves health outcomes for mothers and children.

By 2018, it aims to direct USD 38.5 million (INR 250 crore)  to improve the lives of over five million girls, mothers and children.

Why invest in girls?

Watch our video:
Give Girls a Chance

India has 113 million adolescent girls – which is nearly 10% of its population. Despite these numbers, they are a largely invisible group. They are discriminated against twice over: by gender and by age – programs are largely aimed either at children or at women, leaving adolescent girls in the gap. 

However, adolescent girls can become successful agents of change. When they are empowered, educated and kept healthy, a range of issues such as maternal mortality, child survival and gender-based violence can be resolved, and the cycle of poverty broken. 

Investing in girls translates into better futures for women, children and families, which ultimately leads to intergenerational impact. 

  • 50%
    of girls are not enrolled in higher secondary school in India.
  • 1%
    more girls in secondary schools, could increase GDP by $ 5.5 billion
  • 2cents
    of every development dollar spent go towards adolescent girls
  • 90%
    of a girl’s income is invested back into her family; a man invests only 30-40%
  • $7.7billion
    could be added to India's GDP by increasing the age of pregnancy to 20
  • 60%
    infant mortality more likely for children of adolescent mothers than mothers aged 20-29

"DSP Blackrock believes that it is crucial to invest in adolescent girls given how valuable a resource they are and how little they have been served traditionally. In Dasra we found the perfect partner to raise awareness about this issue as well provide the right avenues for investing in it."

- Aditi Kothari
Executive VP, DSP BlackRock Investment Managers 

WHAT DGA
DOES?

When the Alliance was formed in 2013, few in India believed in the power of investing in adolescent girls. 

However, we realized that a group as complex and underserved as this cannot be addressed by individual organizations, a single stakeholder group or static business models. It requires diverse players – enlightened funders, organizations, governments and media to work together to create long-term change.

DGA is building this collaborative ecosystem by:

  • Raising awareness on girls’ issues through research and the media
  • Unlocking local philanthropy to fund social organizations
  • Building these organizations so that they can impact more girls, mothers  and children
  • Fostering collaboration among these players to achieve the common goal

Research Issues

Build Organizations

Give Strategically

  • 11reports published
  • 4500millionreaders reached through our partnership with The Hindustan Times
  • 195social organizations equipped with management expertise to scale
  • 5.5trillionpeople reached through leadership development for 34 leading organizations
  • USD13million(INR 84.9 crore) directed to the sector through 99 funders
  • 27partnerships forged between social organizations
Research Issue
  • 11reports published
  • 4500millionreaders reached through our partnership with The Hindustan Times
Build Organizations
  • 195social organizations equipped with management expertise to scale
  • 5.5trillionpeople reached through leadership development for 34 leading organizations
Give Strategically
  • USD13million(INR 84.9 crore) directed to the sector through 99 funders
  • 27partnerships forged between social organizations

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