AEIF 2020 Winners: Congratulations to our Global UGRAD Alumni!

2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund logo

Congratulations to the U.S. Department of State’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) winners! This year, four Global UGRAD alumni were part of teams that won in two different categories. You can see the countries and project names of the winning Global UGRAD alumni teams below, or view all of the 2020 AEIF winners here.

Guatemala: Training Indigenous Women for the Defense of Their Human Rights will empower 24 indigenous women, ages 18-35, from Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras by strengthening their human rights defense capacities and equipping them with the technical skills to successfully engage in the labor market. Through a series of virtual trainings, workshops, and hands-on activities, the project seeks to reduce drivers of illegal migration and promote economic development in Guatemala.

Algeria: She Blogs DZ will offer intensive workshop training for women, ages 19-30, from six provinces in Algeria, to provide the skills necessary to share their life experiences. Through a combination of blogging and journalism trainings led by influential leaders in the industry, the participants will learn how to conduct interviews, report on different print and online platforms, and improve their leadership and civic engagement capacities.

Mongolia: Crossroads will launch a storytelling platform with short videos to highlight the individual experiences of women and girls with disabilities across Mongolia. The project will culminate with a documentary film that will encourage public discourse on disability rights and amplify these important voices to spark change among Mongolian policy makers and civil society.

Ukraine: The School of Political Participation for Women and Girls with Disabilities “LIDERKA” will inspire 20 women and girls with disabilities (and their caretakers) to engage more actively in the political life and decision-making process in their communities and country through the education, internship and mentorship activities. The team hopes to equip the participants with the necessary knowledge of the political situation in Ukraine and instruments for influencing the decision making process and improve the leadership skills of women and girls with disabilities.