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Scalable Technology Enables Malala Fund to Educate Girls Around the Globe

The Malala Fund was founded by the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, along with her father Ziauddin, and provides 12 years of high-quality, free education to girls around the globe.

COO Amanda Cosby says that 130 million girls globally are not attending school, and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, an additional 20 million are at risk of never going back to school.

In the past several years, the non-profit simultaneously expanded its operational presence beyond the U.S. and U.K. and grappled with the pandemic, and needed a technology platform that could scale to meet their changing needs. Cosby says, “So we’ve got a global organization, a growing organization, and then an organization that’s changing the way that it works. How could we not be looking for new tech solutions?”

“In order for us to be able to support [partners on the ground], we do need to have strong IT systems.

-Kanika Manna, Corporate and Foundations Relations Officer

Corporate and Foundations Relations Officer Kanika Mannan points out, “In order for us to be able to support [partners on the ground] we do need to have strong IT systems. We need to be able to communicate efficiently and effectively across different time zones.”

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Operations Manager Lisa Biancalana says, “We wouldn’t, I think in my opinion, be able to do anything without the technology that we have.”

She stresses, “It’s password management, it’s communication, it’s emails, it’s document storage, it’s project management. And it’s all entirely cloud-based and keeps us moving every single day.”