Collective Impact Partnership

The Collective Impact Partnership is a three year program led by the Global Fund for Women, Global Women’s Leadership Network, Public Health Institute, Rise Up, and World Pulse that aims to increase the economic power of women and girls in India.

In consultation with local leaders, CIP’s innovative approach will include building upon and strengthening women leaders’ advocacy, individual leadership, and digital capacities by investing in women’s efforts to advance economic empowerment and justice for women and girls in Maharashtra. These activities and targeted strategies will be supported by CIP’s funding partner, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The project will work with a cohort of 20 India-based women leaders to advance their own initiatives and will award grants to eight organizations. The Collective’s advocacy and leadership development approach will enable women leaders to (1) advance public policies that enhance economic empowerment for women; (2) improve implementation of existing legislation to enhance economic justice and empowerment; (3) increase resource allocation to support women’s economic empowerment programs; and (4) create a safe, curated online space for Indian women and girls to connect and raise awareness among allies and influencers on economic justice and empowerment, campaigns, and policies.


Advocacy and Leadership Accelerator: CIP will select twenty women leaders from women-led organizations or networks in Maharashtra to participate in a multi-day intensive workshop where they will expand their skills and approaches to effectively advocate for women’s economic justice issues. The twenty leaders will also build individual and collective leadership capacities through trainings and ongoing coaching.

Seed Grants: Small grants will be provided to the organizations of eight of the participants so that they have the resources to launch and implement initiatives that advocate for economic justice for women and girls.

Digital Change-maker Training and Networking: The leaders will be given support to take advantage of the latest digital technologies to build movement power, and access to a global network of women Changemakers who will help them advance their projects.


Global Fund for Women is one of the world’s leading foundations for gender equality, standing up for the human rights of women and girls. It campaigns for zero violence, economic and political empowerment, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) envisions a world where all women and girls can achieve gender equity–politically, socially, and economically. Through its premier transformational leadership program, Women Leaders for the World (WLW), GWLN is empowering exceptional women all over the world–from over 40 countries and counting–with the leadership skills and the engaged global network they need in order to make lasting change in their respective communities.

The Public Health Institute, an independent nonprofit organization, is dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. PHI improves health and equity by discovering new research, strengthening key partnerships and programs, and advancing sound health policies.

Rise Up activates women and girls to transform their lives, families and communities through investment in local solutions, strengthening leadership, and building movements. Since 2009, Rise Up’s powerful network of over 500 leaders has directly benefited 7 million girls, youth, and women and advocated for over 100 laws and policies impacting 115 million people in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the US. Rise Up is based at the Public Health Institute (PHI).

World Pulse is a social network that connects women worldwide to speed up global change. Today tens of thousands of women from 190 countries are using World Pulse’s safe, supportive online community to gain digital leadership skills, exchange stories and resources, and have grown their impact to collectively improve the lives of more than 6.3 million people in their communities.

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