In 2016, ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou and Carrie Hessler-Radelet, CEO of Project Concern International (PCI) came together to discuss the rising challenges of working in the international development sector and the need to develop new forms of partnerships to accelerate progress on gender equity. ICRW and PCI have recently formed a partnership that harnesses the collective strengths of the two organizations. By bringing together ICRW’s research expertise and focus on gender with PCI’s deep community connections and time-tested implementing platforms, the partnership is currently piloting this strategic alliance and hope to take it to scale – to enhance the health, economic prospects and well-being of communities worldwide.
An initial focus of the alliance is creating the conditions in which girls are enabled to complete their schooling, and transition from school to decent, well-remunerated and fulfilling work. By combining PCI’s community-based programming and ICRW’s research and evidence-based solutions, the School-to-Work Transition initiative will bring together stakeholders from across the social ecosystem to improve health, education, employability and well-being in one integrated program. The goal is to keep girls in school, delay marriage and pregnancy and build key skills to support girls to realize their full potential.
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