Dasra commits to empower one million adolescent girls and women in India by directing $10 million towards adolescent girl-focused programs through organizing convenings in India and globally that bring together corporates, foundations, and philanthropists to discuss the importance of giving to girls in India. Dasras past events have brought together influential donors such as Jennifer and Peter Buffett, Peggy Dulany as well as heads of organizations such as Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson and Ford Foundation.
Dasra also commits to widening the funder base that gives to adolescent girls and engaging with 25 first-time givers to the issue and mainstreaming the issue through articles, thought pieces, events, and social media to unlock capital from non-traditional stakeholders, such as Indian corporates and high-net-worth individuals.
It may be challenging to get funder buy-in given the low awareness in India about investing in adolescent girls.
Dasra commits to providing Capacity Building Support to 250+ adolescent girls-focused organizations through: intensive hands-on support to portfolio organizations for three to five years that will be focused on fundraising, human resources, impact assessment, systems, and processes; and executive training that conducts workshops and training programs using world-class curriculum. The program provides business model, domain-related guidance and long-term support to participants.
Dasra follows a multi-phase process to identify organizations that have the potential to create impact at scale. This involves inputs from the diligence and portfolio teams, senior management, and external experts during the shortlisting process. Organizations are rated using the Dasra Capacity Assessment Framework (DCAF), a tool used to evaluate organizations on three areas: leadership, organization, and program potential.
Dasra may not find enough organizations that match these requirements. Dasra will rely on three partners (USAID, Kiawah Trust, and Piramal Foundation) to provide: funding support to Dasra and grantee organizations; and strategic oversight as part of a steering committee.
By the last quarter of 2015, Dasra will have $150,000 raised and 25 organizations supported. By the first quarter of 2016, Dasra will have $300,000 raised and 25 organizations will be supported. By the second quarter of 2016, Dasra will have $750,000 and 30 organizations will be supported. By the third quarter of 2016, Dasra will have $1.8 million raised.
By the last quarter of 2016, Dasra will have $200,000 raised and 30 organizations will be supported. By the first quarter of 2017, $400,000 will be raised and 25 organizations will be supported. By the second quarter of 2017, $1 million will be raised and 30 organizations will be supported. In the third quarter of 2017, Dasra will have $2.4 million will be raised.
In the last quarter of 2017, Dasra will have $150,000 raised and 30 organizations supported. In the first quarter of 2018, Dasra will have $300,000 raised and 25 organizations supported. In the second quarter of 2018, $750,000 will be raised and 30 organizations will be supported. In the third quarter of 2018, $1.8 million will be raised.
Adolescent girls can be essential agents of change in breaking the cycle of poverty and deprivation. By empowering girls, educating them, and keeping them healthy, multiple issues such as maternal mortality, child survival, and gender-based violence can be resolved, and the cycle of poverty can be broken. Investing in girls translates into better futures for women, children, and families, thereby creating intergenerational impact. For example, if India enrolled just 1% more girls in secondary schools, GDP could increase by USD 5.5 billion.
India has 113 million adolescent girls, nearly 10% of its population. Despite these numbers, they are a largely invisible population; they are twice-discriminated, by age and gender. Most development efforts do not reach adolescent girls. In reality, only two cents of every dollar spent in the development sector are spent on adolescent girls. What is worse is that Dasra has realized through its interactions that many philanthropists in India do not want to invest in girls. They do not view adolescent girls as a distinct beneficiary group and a significant majority of philanthropic interest is directed towards either childrens programs, i.e. 0-5 year olds or youth programs which focus on males and older groups.
Currently, there are over 3.3 million NGOs in the country. However, there are only a handful number of organizations that are able to reach scale and build sustainable institutions. This gap can be addressed through strategic capacity building support across areas, such as fundraising, financial systems, communications, and human resources. Thus capacity building support is critical to strengthen the organizations ability to scale impact both in terms of quality and quantity.
Despite this need, very few funders support organizational capacity building; a majority of funding goes to on-ground programs.