From fostering start-up ideas to building the field: a sample from our portfolio.

Room to Read: Girls’ Education Program

Evolving innovation: In 2008, Room To Read came to Echidna as an established organization, with a proven track record and a new idea: enhance their Girls’ Education Program in the critical areas of mentoring and life skills. We supported that idea from proof of concept to assessment to course corrections. Now the program is more holistic – and on a path for rapid scale.

J-PAL: Post-Primary Education Initiative

What analysis can do: Girls became a global priority when research demonstrated the benefits of their education. But more research is needed to deliver quality, accessible education to post-primary kids – with cost-efficiency and impact. The J-PAL Post-Primary Education Initiative serves that need by funding quality randomized evaluations of promising solutions, creating a body of rigorous evidence for use by global and local policymakers, funders, and NGO leaders.

Global Fund for Children

Expertise in incubation: The Global Fund for Children has spent 20 years identifying and supporting early-stage ideas that then grow into sustainable, effective grassroots organizations – 600 of them, across 78 countries. Through the Global Fund, we can support the incubation of start-up ideas across that geographical reach – without duplicating infrastructure.

Echidna Global Scholars Program

Investing in system change: Piloted in 2011, this visiting fellowship supports developing-world, emerging leaders in girls’ education. Echidna Scholars spend four to six months in residence at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, building their analytical and leadership skills while conducting specific research. Upon their return home, that research becomes a local project – and an investment in long-term system change and policy shift.