US-India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment

The U.S.-India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment seeks to facilitate women’s economic participation in India by catalyzing commitments from the private sector, civil society and government leaders in both countries.

A public-private partnership between the U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum and George Washington University, the Alliance works in cooperation with the private sector and civil society in both countries. Our members demonstrate that women’s participation in the economy is not just good for the world, but also good for business.

Co-chairs

Katrina Fotovat

Senior Official, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues U.S. Department of State

Donald Lu

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs U.S. Department of State

Karen Freeman

Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development

Dr. Mukesh Aghi

Chief Executive Officer U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum

About Us

The U.S.-India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment is a unique public-private partnership between the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum and George Washington University designed to catalyze commitments to foster women’s economic advancement in India. The Alliance works with cooperating members in the private sector, civil society and academia to advance its mission.

  The Alliance focuses on three pillars of action:

1. Accelerating women’s entrepreneurship,

2. Fostering women’s leadership in the workforce; and

3. Providing access to career enhancing education and skills building opportunities.

Biographies

Membership

Cooperating members in the private sector, civil society, and academia in the United States and India work with the Alliance to advance shared commitments to support women’s economic advancement in India. They represent leaders with a commitment to advance gender equality and inclusivity.

Member On-boarding

Step 1

Meet with leadership from the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum and the Executive Director of the U.S.-India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment to discuss your vision and the Alliance’s goals and objectives.

Step 2

Complete a member intake form enabling the State Department to initiate mandatory due diligence and vetting of your organization. Pending successful vetting, your membership request is reviewed by the Alliance’s Executive Committee.

Step 3

Meet with Alliance partners to discuss your goals and objectives and draft a commitment letter outlining your organization’s goals and objectives under the Alliance.

Membership Benefits

Members of the Alliance have an opportunity to connect with other like-minded organizations in both the U.S. and India to build their network and inform their activities. Members also have an opportunity to expand the reach and impact of their activities or interests through conducting them under the umbrella of an Alliance with both depth and breadth of expertise on women’s economic empowerment in India.

Additional Information for Prospective Members

There is no fee to join the Alliance. Members participate in quarterly member calls and attend one or two high level events annually, in addition to communications with the Alliance Executive Director on an ad hoc basis. Each provides an annual progress report on its commitments under the Alliance.

Our Initiatives

Women@Work:

Women@Work aims to catalyze commitments to foster women’s economic resilience amidst the ongoing pandemic. It is an initiative of the U.S.-India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment implemented by Alliance member and leading non-profit, the Collective Good Foundation (CGF), or “Samhita-CGF,” with aspects of it supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development funded REVIVE Alliance.  For more information, please 

India Million Women Mentors Initiative:

Implemented by STEMConnector, an initiative of Alliance corporate member Pod, the India Million Women Mentors Initiative aims to catalyze one million mentoring relationships between corporate and non-profit representatives and volunteers in the United States and India and women and girls located in tier 2 and tier 3 cities in India. For more information, please