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India’s growing resources, technical expertise, and human capital make it a development innovations laboratory and hub for the world. In partnership with local Indian entities in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, USAID seeks to support and scale innovations that benefit Indians living at the base of the pyramid.  Capitalizing on our expertise as a convener, accelerator, and broker of development innovations, USAID supports multi-stakeholder partnerships that leverage expertise and resources within India’s emerging and dynamic development innovation space.


Millennium Alliance: The Millennium Alliance is a multi-million dollar India-U.S. public private partnership (PPP) that leverages Indian creativity, expertise, and capital to source and scale locally developed innovations that can benefit vulnerable populations across India and the world. Launched by USAID, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and the Government of India Technology Development Board, the Alliance links Indian innovators with seed financing in six major development sectors: maternal and child health, family planning and reproductive health, early grade reading, clean energy, water, and agriculture. The ICICI Bank and Foundation, UKAID, the Wadhwani Institute for Sustainable Healthcare (WISH) and ICCo India recently joined the Alliance.

READ Alliance: The Read – Engage – Achieve – Dream Alliance (READ Alliance) is a partnership with the Centre for Knowledge Societies (CKS.)  The goal of the alliance is to harness the resources, talent, and experience of the broader community of public, private, and non-profit actors to improve the reading skills of millions of primary school children. Through the Reading Innovation Challenge, CKS provides grant funding and incubation support for promising reading solutions.

START EARLY- Read in Time: CARE India’s Solutions for Sustainable Development (CISSD), implements proven strategies for improving learning outcomes of children from marginalized communities in Odisha and Uttar Pradesh through curriculum development, teacher training, administrator orientation, and child-centered methodologies.

All Children Reading Grand Challenge: In 2011 and again in 2014, USAID, jointly with the Australian Agency for International Development and World Vision, announced the “All Children Reading” (ACR) global competition to identify and support game-changing innovations with the potential to dramatically improve reading skills among primary school children.  Winners include several Indian organizations.  PlanetRead uses subtitled songs in popular television programs broadcast in the same language as the audio, to provide children with many hours of additional reading practice.  Pratham uses a unique instructional approach, affordable teaching/learning materials, and community volunteers to teach children to read during short, focused learning camps. Benetech creates texts in local languages by developing accessible audio books paired with the most current braille-focused reading methods.  Sesame Workshop India Trust is strengthening family and community engagement in promoting mother tongue reading skills among early primary grade children.

Tibetan Education Project: The Tibet Education Project targets Tibetan students attending Tibetan primary and secondary schools in settlements across India and Nepal. The program is improving the quality of teaching through teacher development and training, and employing tools that enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. To enable a larger number of students to access costly and competitive higher educational opportunities, the program also supports the Central Tibetan Administration’s college scholarship program and provides test preparation and coaching for secondary students.

School Excellence Program:  The Kaivalya Education Foundation implements the School Excellence Program, which is improving literacy outcomes of underprivileged children from migrant families in Surat, Gujarat by mobilizing public primary school leadership through engagement, training, and leadership development programs.

Teacher Innovations in Practice:  Absolute Returns to Kids’ global venture, Schools and Teachers Innovating for Results Education, is improving early grade reading outcomes across nine states in India by helping to improve teaching practices.

Generation:  Complementing the Government of India's emphasis on youth skills development, a major new USAID-McKinsey global public-private-partnership, Generation, is working in India, Mexico, Kenya, Spain, and the U.S. to train and employ millions of youth. The model promotes partnership between for-profit education providers with a network of more than 1,000 employers to design and deliver low-cost, modular training in high demand skill areas that provide a career path. The program targets marginalized youth eager to learn and ready to move to wherever jobs arise. The training institutes guarantee employment by working with employer networks to identify jobs and provide skilled workers.  At least 750,000 Indian youth will be trained and employed under this new initiative.


Last updated: November 18, 2015

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