2019 Skoll World Forum – Day Two

Accelerating Systems Change: Making Possibility Real Sally Osberg (Founding President, Skoll Foundation) moderated this panel focused on systems change. She set the tone early by stating that to change anything, you have to understand it. And it takes time. Safeena Husain (Founder and Executive Director, Educate Girls Foundation, India) talked with us about systems change through the lens of girls’ education. She noted the challenges in India with its population of 1 billion people, many dispersed among 650,000 villages. Husain first asked government agencies to determine where the problems were most acute, then went door-to-door to find girls outside of school and mobilized volunteers. She discovered 5 percent of villages in India have 40 percent of the out-of-school girls. Husain pioneered the development impact bond. As she grew from 50 schools to 500 to 5,000, she kept questioning whether the value add was the same on an individual level. The intent was to…

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