Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF)

  • F Funding Initiative/Portfolio

A Active

Key Information

India's National Education Policy, 2020, provides guidelines for setting up a Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF) especially for girls and transgender students to build the nation’s capacity to provide equitable quality education for all girls as well as transgender students. The Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, has incorporated several interventions for girls in its revamped Samagra Shiksha Scheme, which includes providing free textbooks and uniforms to all girls at elementary level; Residential Schools/Hostels, Transport/Escort Facility, aids and appliances for Children with Special Needs (CWSN); upgradation of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) to provide residential and schooling facilities up to Class-XII; separate provision of stipend for CWSN girls; incinerator and sanitary pad vending machines in all girls’ hostels and self defence training for girls in govt. schools for inculcating skills for self-protection and selfdevelopment.

Lead Implementing Government(s)



South Asia


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2020 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation

Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education


Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Secondary completion

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning


  • School facilities
  • School quality

Cross-cutting areas

  • Community sensitization
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Menstrual hygiene management
  • Mentorship
  • Nutrition
  • Other cultural practices
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • Sports
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • School administrators
  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

  • LGBTQ+

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Gender-sensitive curricula

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power

Menstrual hygiene management

  • Educating girls about menstruation

Reducing economic barriers

  • Addressing cost of school supplies
  • Uniforms

Water and sanitation

  • Construction/improvement of sex-specific toilets

Women's empowerment programs

  • Empowerment training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved critical thinking
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)
  • Increased years of schooling
  • Reduced absenteeism

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved critical consciousness
  • Improved health - other
  • Improved mental health
  • Improved nutrition
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Improved understanding of sexual harassment, coercion, and consent
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV)