International Funding Programme 2019

Centenary Awards - Programme Objectives:


Local, Transformative, Female Focused



The focus of the Sir Ernest Cassel Centenary Awards was to support projects or organisations that address inequality of access for girls and women living in low income countries into secondary, tertiary or adult education. Also of interest were projects focusing on the transition points within education and between education and employment, which improve retention rates or which empower girls and women and raise their aspirations. The projects all aim to be transformative and inclusive.

UK registered charities with a strong local bias in-country were prioritised. Whilst there was no prescriptive outcome sought, projects selected for support demonstrated how their work was relevant to the local area, how it enhanced in-country capacity and capability, met local needs and maximised impact.

Priority was also be given to organisations for whom the funding would be transformative and for something that would have been unlikely to be able to secure equivalent funding elsewhere. This may have been because the work in question was new and untested, was not eligible for other girls’ education funding schemes or because it would enable a scaling up of current operations. 

This programme has now closed.