The needs of the poor and the disadvantaged don’t stop in the summer, and neither have the efforts of several Kravis Prize recipients, who are continuing to deliver innovative aid to communities around the world. In recent weeks, a new Pratham partnership enjoyed major media attention, Landesa produced an impact video, and FAWE launched a remarkable African research series.


The recent partnership between Pratham and the Wrigley Company Foundation was featured in the Times of India. According to the article, the Wrigley Company Foundation announced the launch of a three-year, $1 million educational partnership with Pratham, the largest non-governmental education organization in India. The goal of the new effort is to bring more quality education to underprivileged children in India. Specifically, the initiative plans to target learning gaps in the farming districts of Uttar Pradesh. The organization’s executives hope to reach 40,000 children in 1,000 villages.

 In an interview with the Times, Pratham co-founder and CEO Madhav Chavan explained that ”Uttar Pradesh has low learning levels as shown by the Annual Survey of Educational Report/2012 and we hope to address these problems in the region.”


This month, Landesa released a video to allow viewers to watch what happens when women are given equal rights to land and family resources as a result of Kenya’s new constitution and an innovation pilot program.

The short video follows Mary Sadera, who lives in the forested area of Ol Pusimoru. She explains her day-to-day life, as well as how her and her children’s futures will change because of the tribal elders’ new thinking on women’s land rights.

View the five-minute video, titled “A Revolution from the Ground Up,” here:


This month, the Manica Post wrote a story concerning the launch of a new African research series by FAWE, the Forum for African Women Educationalists. The meeting will bring together approximately 100 participants from African ministries of education, institutions of learning, research institutions, development agencies, and the private sector to debate FAWE’s future direction and attempt to reduce the need of donor funding.

According to the Manica Post, the initiative seeks to “set the agenda on gender and education in sub-Saharan Africa, and constructively engage in dialogue with government, policy-makers and other regional bodies on the appropriate approaches and strategies to adopt in terms of women’s rights in education.”

FAWE will launch the meeting on July 28 at its 8th General Assembly meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.


2010 Kravis Prize recipient: Pratham

2009 Kravis Prize recipient: Sakena Yacoobi

2008 Kravis Prize recipient: FAWE