- READ Global has established 62 READ Centers across Bhutan, India and Nepal, serving over 1.8 million rural villagers in 128 villages across 45 districts/states. They have seeded 99 for-profit sustaining rural enterprises to generate operational income for the Centers.
- In 2006, READ Nepal was awarded the Access to Learning Award from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in recognition of its sustainable and scalable approach. The Gates Foundation later provided funding to replicate the READ model in Bhutan and India and conduct the first impact assessment of READ’s work in Nepal.
- In 2010, READ made a Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010 to establish 20 women’s centers reaching 16,000 women by the year 2014. READ Global began working earlier this year with LFA Group, a consulting group specializing in research, strategy and evaluation to create a formal monitoring and evaluation plan for all three READ countries.
- Education has emerged as a key sector where READ Centers have made a substantial positive contribution, in both formal education (support to an average of 500 students per Center in 2010) and non-formal education (more than 1,910 individuals attended adult literacy classes and 822 participated in computer classes, since September 2010). Center usage trends show a substantial increase – often doubling or tripling over just a few years.
- READ Centers also play a critical role in the increased empowerment of women and girls in rural villages. There are improved social norms around women’s rights and status in READ villages, as well as increased social inclusion and decreased discrimination against women and disadvantaged castes. These communities are also benefiting from increased health and hygiene knowledge (more than 1,677 individuals received health training since September 2010).
READ Global Case Study
An executive summary and case study were written by four student fellows of the Lipman Family Prize with faculty oversight as an effort to capture the field experiences of READ Global staff and stakeholders to provide a rich, clear, and thorough narrative of READ’s work in Bhutan, India, and Nepal.