Research and Learning

In our research and learning work, we explore the “role of grandmothers” in helping to manage a variety of global challenges, redefining how to measure the impact of older women and developing tools and resources that can help greater numbers of grandmothers to develop pathways to changemaking.


Grandmothers and Social Change - GMC White Paper.pdf

In a world of complexity and rapid change, the love of a grandmother is a powerful tool. More organizations around the world are seeing the changemaking potential of older women. These organizations recognize that the 800 million grandmothers around the world exhibit natural leadership capabilities drawn from their ample life experience and strong social influence. In Senegal, grandmothers are combating early marriage and female genital cutting. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, they protest against nuclear proliferation and war. In some of the most off-grid locations in the world, they are becoming solar technicians and energizing their communities.

Intergenerational programming is replacing outdated models in Europe and North America that have served people in different generations separately. An abundant and overlooked resource in social change, grandmothers have the potential to address a diversity of social challenges. Learn more in this white paper on grandmothers and social change.

Read our paper on Grandmothers and Social Change

Making Grandmother Changemakers

We know two things to be true – communities only exist when people participate and the more purpose and connection someone feels, the deeper their sense of wellbeing. 

With Ashoka we are developing Roots and Wings: a Practical Guide to Intergenerational collaboration to equip grandmothers - and other older changemakers - with practical ideas for engaging with changemaking or starting a program or initiative in their area.