Women’s Economic Empowerment Call

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Venezuela's economic crisis has led to challenging living conditions for millions. In 2019, nine out of every 10 Venezuelans were living below the poverty line. This situation has driven more than 5 million people to flee Venezuela. Of the Venezuelans who have left and crossed international borders, it is estimated that at least 40 percent are women.

The BetterTogether Challenge is working to foster economic empowerment for Venzuelan women fleeing the economic crisis in Venezuela and their host communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

When entering a host country, Venezuelan women often face extreme poverty, workplace exclusion,  and an inability to participate in the formal labor market, especially without the proper documentation. They face a double burden as they struggle to survive in the host country, while also sending remittances to support their loved ones back in Venezuela.

However, the addition of Venezuelan women to the labor force has the potential to drive new growth opportunities. Venezuelans fleeing the economic crisis are often well-educated and offer skills missing in their host communities. Including them in a country’s labor force produces economic benefits.

Call for Applications To Invest in Venezuelan Women's Economic Empowerment

AThe BetterTogether Challenge is founded on the certainty that the world's collective genius has the ability to develop innovative solutions to mitigate the regional crisis. Any organization around the world is welcome to submit a proposal.

We are seeking expertise, ingenuity, resources, and networks to develop transformative solutions to integrate Venezuelan women  into the economy of their host countries in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago.

These solutions should demonstrate a strong understanding of the needs and priorities of Venezuelan women to participate meaningfully in the economy, and be prepared to respond to extraordinary circumstances, such as COVID-19.

Proposals must consider that this program ends in September 2021 without the possibility of additional Challenge funding. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, in the order they are received until October 30, 2020, or until Challenge funds are awarded via the Challenge's Application page.

In addition to funding, the Challenge winners will be eligible for technical assistance, access to networks and potential partners, and publicity.

What We Are Looking For

We will fund solutions with the potential to transform the lives of Venezuelan women, enhancing economic opportunities in their host communities. Solutions should be tailored to the local context and collaborate with local partners. Types of solutions may include:

  • Innovative solutions to provide displaced Venezuelan women with greater economic opportunities in host countries, incorporating new employment programs and mechanisms to financially empower them.
  • Strategies that help Venezuelan women fleeing the economic crisis secure stable economic opportunities, and grant them access to financial services within their host communities.
  • New ways to promote economic opportunities for Venezuelan women and make these opportunities accessible during COVID-19.
  • Approaches to strengthen employment and financial services for displaced Venezuelan women, promoting economic empowerment.

How to Apply

Once you are ready to submit your application, make sure to check this box on the system: (i) Women’s Prosperity: workforce development, soft skills, and job training.

For additional resources, make sure to visit the Challenge's page on What We are Not Looking For, as well as our free webinar on drafting a successful proposal, and self-evaluation checklist for your proposal.

The BetterTogether Challenge is a global initiative to crowdsource, fund, and scale forward-thinking solutions from anywhere in the world to support Venezuelans and host communities affected by the regional crisis. BetterTogether is a partnership of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Inter-American Development Bank.

The information provided on this website is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.  The information also cannot be attributed to the Inter-American Development Bank, its representatives, or member countries.