Apolitical and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Partnership

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Apolitical is a peer-to-peer learning network for governments, connecting 100k+ public servants in over 170 countries to the latest and best ideas, skills and partners they need to solve today’s complex challenges.

One of Apolitical’s key focus areas is gender equality. Based on our experience of working closely with public servants, we’ve found that even with the best political will, governments can fall short in making and/or implementing programs and policies to bring about transformational change for gender equality. This can be due to lack of access to: gender specific policies that have worked in other contexts to adapt; research to guide decision making; peers to learn and collaborate with; and skills for effective implementation.

With these factors in mind, Apolitical is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support Generation Equality and three of the Action Coalitions (Gender-based violence; Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights; and Economic justice and rights) to build capacity to implement country commitments.


This partnership involves three interrelated components from October 2020 through December 2021. Public servants have the opportunity to participate in just one or all three components. Download the brochure here.

Get Involved

We welcome involvement from public servant working on or interested in gender around the world. Special priority will be given to the following countries: Canada; Ethiopia; France; Germany; India; Kenya; Netherlands; Senegal; South Africa; Sweden; UK; and USA.

We will also prioritise participation from countries leading the three Generation Equality Action Coalitions on which this partnership focuses:

  • Gender-based violence – Iceland, Kenya, UK and Uruguay
  • Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights – Argentina, Burkina Faso, Denmark and France
  • Economic justice and rights – Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Spain and Sweden

Public servants are welcome and encouraged to participate in multiple components of this partnership.

Public servants:


  • Share the Apolitical Plus+ Gender Equality Collective opportunity with public servants at this link.
  • Underwrite the participation of additional public servants in our essential skill building courses or deep dive policy courses.
  • Sponsor the development and delivery of similar learning experiences in the other Generation Equality topics (Feminist action for climate justice; Technology and innovation for gender equality; and/or Feminist movements and leadership).

About our experts and Advisors

Our content and learning are developed, designed and provided in Apolitical’s bite-sized, practical and engaging social learning format. We are intentionally working closely with a group of incredible advisors and experts for their policy and technical expertise, context relevant learning and for long-term linkages with Generation Equality.

To ensure the quality and relevance of our content and learning, and the impact of the partnership overall we are forming a group of up to 20 (non-participant) experts. Our Advisors provide contextual advice and guidance on everything from cultural understanding, grassroots focus, political context, supporting gender nonbinary people etc. Currently, our advisors include the following experts:

  • International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
    The ICRW is a global research institute with offices located in Washington, D.C., New Delhi, Nairobi and Kampala. Their research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. The ICRW is our content partner in producing the 3 deep dive policy courses.
  • Sonke Gender Justice
    Sonke is a South African-based non-profit organisation, working across Africa to prevent domestic and sexual violence, reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS, and promote gender equality and human rights.
  • Michelle Milford Morse
    Michelle is Vice President for Girls and Women Strategy at the UN Foundation, and was previously a member of the global health policy and advocacy team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Yanerit Morgan Sotomayor
    Yanerit is the Executive Secretary of the Generation Equality Forum and Ambassador for the Mexican Foreign Office. She has also served as the Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 73rd General Assembly of the UN.
  • African Association for Public Administration and Managers (AAPAM)
    AAPAM is an international professional organization that promotes best practice, excellence and professionalism in public administration and management. AAPAM provides platforms for mentorship, capacity development, networking, knowledge sharing and more.
  • Patty Alleman
    Patty is a Senior Gender Advisor at UNICEF. She has over 15 years of experience advancing social equity in the international development space, having held previous roles with USAID.
  • Saachi Bhalla
    Saachi has been at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since 2015, currently as a Senior Programme Officer. She leads the Gender and Nutrition Policy work in India. Prior to this, she worked as a Senior Consultant on the Life Sciences and Healthcare team at Deloitte Consulting.
  • Rwitwika Bhattacharya
    Rwitwika is the CEO of the Swaniti Initiative, a non-profit that delivers development solutions to government officials in India. She also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Sohini Bhattacharya
    Sohini is an entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in the social sector. She is currently the CEO at Breakthrough- an organisation working to transform gender norms to make violence and discrimination against women and girls unacceptable.
  • Subhalakshmi Nandi
    Subhalakshmi is a Senior Programme Officer for Gender Equality at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with over 17 years in the field of gender and development. She leads strategy, policy and programmes on women’s economic empowerment, with a focus on ‘leaving no one behind’.
  • Gauri Van Gulik
    Gauri is Director at Luminate, leading their strategy and grantmaking in Western Europe. She has over 15 years of hands-on human rights research and advocacy experience at Marie Stopes International, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, with a specialisation in women’s rights and refugee rights.

If you would like to learn more about the partnership please write to Pooja.Warier@apolitical.co and freddie.price@apolitical.co