Reliance Foundation makes partnership with W-GDP


Mumbai, (UNI) Reliance Foundation Under the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative has announced a new partnership with US Agency for International Development (USAID).

New partnership would bridge the gender digital divide in India.

The partnership was announced at a W-GDP event on Tuesday, hosted by Deputy Secretary of State of the United States Stephen Biegun and with special guest, Advisor to the President of the United States Ivanka Trump and Deputy USAID Administrator Bonnie Glick. The event was live streamed.

Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump said 'The W-GDP Fund was created to source and scale the most innovative programs to advance women’s economic empowerment. We are leveraging the resources and expertise of the US government and the private sector so that activities have enduring, deep effects on the communities they reach.'

Acting Administrator, USAID John Barsa said "Global prosperity will remain out of reach if we exclude half the population. At the US Agency for International Development (USAID), we believe investment in women is key to unlocking human potential on a transformational scale. The W-GDP Fund at USAID is financing innovative solutions to close the economic gap between women and men and help our partners advance on their Journeys to Self-Reliance."

At the event, through a virtual video message, Founder and Chairperson, Reliance Foundation Nita M Ambani, , said 'I am delighted and proud to announce that Reliance Foundation is joining forces with W-GDP, through our partnership with USAID. Together, we shall launch the W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge across India, in the fall of 2020. At the heart of this partnership, is our shared goal to help bridge both the gender divide and the digital divide in India.'

The W-GDP Women’s Connect Challenge (WCC) supports private sector-led approaches that close the gender digital divide, expands business opportunities, and empowers women. As part of programme, W-GDP would partner with the Reliance Foundation to create an India-specific expression of the WCC and incorporate the lessons of previous W-GDP WCC Rounds.