The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) is a £300 million DFID programme with the aim of enabling up to a million marginalised girls to re-enrol or remain in school and increase their learning.  The programme operates in 18 countries, supporting 37 initiatives across Africa and Asia with a wide range of non-state organisations.
PwC is the Fund Manager (FM) for the GEC and works within an Alliance of PwC, Social Development Direct, Nathan Associates and FHI 360. In Afghanistan, the FM oversees activities through its local contractor Shan Globe Consulting (SG) which is also managing the human resources in-country.
Following a global competition, four projects in Afghanistan, implemented by ChildFund, BRAC, ACTED and the AKF-led consortium STAGES, have been awarded funding from the GEC to a total value of £58.5 million. Together, these projects aim to reach 180,000 girls from some of the poorest, most vulnerable and marginalized households across 16 provinces of Afghanistan. Projects are currently funded to April 2017.