Responsible for Barefoot College International, Meagan Fallone is currently steering the
establishment of a further 6 Barefoot College Women’s Vocational Training Centers throughout Sub
Saharan Africa, Latin America and SE Asia/Pacific; to triple the size of the Barefoot College by 2018.
In addition she is leading a significant move by the organisation towards digital integration both
within the organisation and, in the hands of the thousands of rural poor illiterate and semi literate
women the college trains throughout the developing world. Her team of young ‘Barefoot Innovators’
have developed and deployed a digital M&E platform to track QoL, empowerment, financial and
sustainability impact within their programming. By leveraging a design centric strategy, grounded in
the inclusion of grass roots women throughout its design and implementation, The Barefoot M&E
process is fully integrated through a bottom up approach. She is working to further disseminate and
reach more women in the developing world by leveraging 40 years of grass roots innovation with
the support of technology.
The “Barefoot Approach” focuses on Water management, Renewable Solar Energy, Livelihood &
Enterprise creation and a unique solution to Rural Education for rural children that has today
educated more than 75,000 young people. This dedication to creating information sharing across
literacy, language, cultural barriers in true South/South cooperation, is at the heart of the Barefoot
College strategic vision.
Ms Fallone has achieved significant recognition for the Barefoot Approach through creation of
Governmental and Multilateral partnerships since joining Bunker Roy in 2011 to scale the Women’s
Barefoot Solar Initiative of community based, self reliant and sustainable Solar Electrification. She
has been a field presence in more than 52 countries since joining Barefoot College and currently
guides field operations and partnerships in 72 Countries. Meagan is responsible for Development,
Strategic Planning, Budget Management, Policy & Advocacy, Measurement & Evaluation and
Communications initiatives of the Barefoot College Internationally. Since her joining the leadership
team at Barefoot College she has sensitively been able to manage a challenging and deep
organisational shift form a grass roots, India centred entity to a vibrant global organisation, working
towards its own sustainability.