African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF)

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AWDF’s grantmaking ensures resources reach the hundreds of African women’s organisations that are working in diverse ways to improve the lives of women and African society at large.

AWDF grant making is innovative, flexible and creative. Through these grants, both established and small, locally-based women’s organisations are supported. Specialised funding is provided to facilitate learning and networking opportunities and to celebrate the contributions and achievements of many unsung African heroines.

AWDF focuses its grants in three specific areas:

  • Body & Health Rights
  • Economic Security & Justice
  • Leadership, Participation & Peace

Within these themes AWDF also has a particular focus on supporting the following three cross-cutting approaches:

  • Using the arts, culture, sports and technology for activism and social change
  • Supporting the leadership and concerns of women facing multiple discrimination (including women living with HIV, women with disabilities, economically marginalised women in both urban and rural areas, lesbians, bisexual and transgender women, young women (under age 25),
    AWDF prioritises programs that empower women with skills, information, sustainable livelihoods, opportunities to fulfil their potential, and the capacity to make transformatory choices with the aim to promote women’s leadership and development in Africa.
    The basic qualifying criteria for applying organisations are as follows:
  • Must be led by a woman and have majority of its staff and board being women
  • Must be duly registered in an African country
  • Must have been in existence for at least 3 years
  • Must have the needed organisational structures for effective implementation of the project
  • Must have an appreciable financial management system to properly account for funds received
  • Must be capable of reporting back on the outcomes of the project
  • Must complete the necessary application forms

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