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Malala Fund - Seed Funding Prize

50,000 USD


Problem statement

The Malala Fund’s vison is to see a world where every girl can complete 12 years of safe, quality education. The Malala Fund recognizes the challenges of ensuring access to quality education for Syrian children impacted by the conflict—especially for adolescent Syrian refugee girls. Through this seed funding opportunity, the Malala Fund invites proposals for innovative, education technology based approaches to accelerated learning and non-formal education that assist adolescent Syrian refugee girls to reenter formal public schooling or obtain other recognized certification for learning.  

The Malala Fund invites proposals for implementation in Lebanon, Turkey, and/or Jordan, as the three countries hosting the highest number of Syrian refugees. The focus of candidate projects should be on potentially scalable, technology based solutions benefitting Syrian refugee girls ages 10-18 residing outside of official refugee camps.


Provided that a sufficient number of quality applications is received at the No Lost Generation EdTech Summit, the top three applicants will be invited to develop a full proposal in collaboration with Malala Fund. Malala Fund will select at least one of the three proposals to comply with Malala Fund operational processes and receive seed funding of at least $50,000 to be spent within one year or sooner. Please note that we would be only be able to award final grants to registered, local non-profits, and not individuals.

Requirements for proposals

In the proposal, Malala Fund would like the following clearly articulated:

  • The problem
  • The design of the intervention
  • Who will the proposed intervention impact? What will be their ages? What will be the approximate percentage of girls and boys?
  • Where will the proposed intervention be implemented? Do the presenters have prior experience working in this region?
  • Is this a new intervention or will the presenters be looking to scale an existing project?

Criteria for evaluation

Points will be allocated to each criteria. The top three proposals will be ranked, based on their scores, out of a total of 100 points. The criteria for the jury to judge each proposal is as follows:

1.     Aligns with Mala Fund’s vision (35 points)

  • Focuses on adolescent girls ages 12-18: 15 points
  • Outlines clearly the potential impact of the solution: 10 points
  • Proposed by an organization headquartered in the region: 10 points

2.     Strategic (25 points)

  • Clearly identifies a specific problem to be addressed by the solution: 10 points
  • Proposes strategic use of technology resources: 15 points

3.     Scalable and sustainable (25 points)

  • Demonstrates prospects for large scale adoption and longer-term systemic change: 15 points
  • Shows prospects of long term impact: 10 points

4.     Present and likely future cost-effectiveness of the intervention (15 points)

Key dates

  • Decision made: March 2, 2017
  • Full proposals requested to Malala Fund:  April 1, 2017
  • Top proposal selected for Board Approval:  May 1, 2017
  • Award negotiated with Malala Fund: May 15, 2017
  • Award length: Up to 12 months


A jury will select the top 3 proposals from all the entries received at the NLG EdTech Summit. The jury members will have expertise in areas such as gender, education, youth, social enterprise, appropriate technologies, refugee education, amongst others.