|Our strategic business plan focuses on:
- Inspiration: Derived from Khadijah, the Prophet’s first wife, the first Muslim and entrepreneur, a feminist and a globalist; and from grassroots Muslim women who lead and participate in the NGO grants that we fund.
- Innovation: Muslim women are not the problem – but rather the solution when they participate in their communities. Women who EARN gain place, position and respect in their society. This opportunity is under-leveraged in Muslim societies.
- Incubation: Choosing pilot projects based on leverage, impact and scalability is our first step. IMW (formerly the Muslim Women’s Fund) has funded 9 projects since its inception and is now strategically focused on the subcontinent in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan where Muslim women constitute a large and marginalized population. Female population as a % of the total population in Afghanistan is 49.3%, in India it is 48.3% and in Pakistan 48.6% (Source: World Bank, 2012).
- Impact Evaluation: IMW will rigorously require credible, transparent and accountable return on investment (ROI) evaluations of our pilot projects, as well as impact evaluations.
- Investing: Conventional philanthropy is skeptical about transformational empowerment projects for Muslim women. The Fund will identify, test and evaluate cutting-edge pilots so that partner NGOs can take projects to scale.