Project: Feasibility Study of Girls’ Education Challenge in Zimbabwe

Across rural Zimbabwe, girls face unique challenges to success. Poverty, early marriage and pregnancy, and a range of other factors lead girls to be less likely than boys to complete higher levels of education. The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) is a Department for International Development program that aims to improve outcomes for girls in Zimbabwe and in 17 other countries around the world by funding girls’ education projects. IGATE (Improving Girls Access Through Education) is a World Vision led initiative that uses this funding to encourage community development in ten of the poorest districts in rural Zimbabwe.

Limestone has been hired to conduct a feasibility assessment and design a financial instrument for the original IGATE project (2013-2016). This includes preparing a comprehensive situation analysis of girls’ Education in Zimbabwe and developing an integrated feasibility model to compare alternative measures of impact. The results of this model can be used to assess opportunities for results-based financing options.

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Situational Analysis
  • Conducting a comprehensive situation analysis
  • Developing the first draft of an integrated feasibility model
  • Comparing alternative measures of impact
  • Assessing opportunities for results-based financing (preliminary)
  • Highlighting key knowledge gaps