Girl’s Education Challenge (GEC)

Improving learning outcomes for 1 million marginalised girls
The Girl’s Education Challenge (GEC) is a global £300m DFID challenge fund to improve educational outcomes for girls by triggering and scaling up successful innovation among the private sector and NGOs. The focus for the project is not simply ensuring that the use of a challenge fund would enable more girls to have access to learning opportunities, but that girls would remain in schools for long enough to transform their social and economic opportunities.
Launched in 2012, the Girl’s Education Challenge is the largest donor-funded global girls’ education programme, funding 37 individual projects across 19 countries. Projects were selected through an open and transparent process and assessed for their ability to implement new and effective ways to get girls into school, keep them there and make sure they receive a good quality education in ways which are sustainable beyond the GEC funding.
The Girl’s Education Challenge programme is innovating payment by results for projects based on their achievements in terms of girls’ learning improvements. With this comes a rigorous approach to monitoring and evaluation to help understand the impact of different interventions on girls’ learning outcomes. Approximately 70,000 girls across 19 countries are tracked as part of this evaluation, while advanced evaluation methods such as randomized control trials and quasi-experimental research designs are used to understand the girl’s improvements in learning compared to a control group.
Nathan has played a key role in setting up the GEC fund by providing both challenge fund and education expertise, and has provided technical support for setting up the monitoring and evaluation framework. Nathan continues to play a central role in the delivery, management and further development of the GEC evaluation.… Read More

Develop village and customer information system tool and developing an Empirical Tool to Assist Livelihood Service Advisors of BASIX in making Lending Decisions

For BASIX, a microfinance institution, Nathan developed a customer information system that identifies the potential customers for products and services offered and evaluates the specific needs of those customers. Nathan conducted a household level survey interviewing over 4,300 households across … Read More

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DFID commissioned various topic guides in the area of private sector development and economics, including the PPP Topic Guide, which Nathan Associates was retained to write. This topic guide seeks to provide a basic introduction for non-specialists looking for a … Read More

Design of the Financial Deepening Challenge Fund

Designing a new instrument for donors to engage with the private sector Despite recognition of the key role of the private sector, and particularly the financial sector, in generating economic growth and reducing poverty around the world, traditional approaches to … Read More

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Managed by Nathan, the Making Markets Work Better for the Poor Phase 2 (M4P2) project advanced systemic change in market systems for infrastructure services, agro-processing value chains, and labor so economic growth is both efficient and inclusive of the poor. … Read More

Food Retail Industry Challenge Fund (FRICH)

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Nigeria, Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Project

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