Updated May 22, 2019CLOSED

African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) Leading from the South Round 4

Offered by African Women’s Development Fund

Under the funding initiative of Leading from the South (LFS), African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) aims to scale up its grantmaking and advocacy initiatives to promote women’s rights, amplify their voices, increase economic opportunities and improve access to spaces of decision-making.

Through LSF, AWDF will award grants that advance the following three impact areas:
1. Eliminate violence against women and girls & sustain respect for women’s bodily integrity and autonomy
2. Protect full economic rights and justice for women
3. Expand democratic space; sustain inclusive governance and equal political participation of women
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CLOSEDJun 17, 2019Deadline
$20,000 - $500,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 4: Transition to Scale
Implemented in:
CountryLebanon, Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan and Yemen
Focus AreasGender
Leadership Development (Economic Growth and Trade)
Rule of Law and Human Rights (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
● AWDF accepts applications from women’s rights organisations registered and working in DAC recipient countries in Africa and the Middle East (see country list in section II).
● AWDF funds women-led, women’s organisations as a priority. Organisations must have:
○ a track record of work on women’s rights,
○ a woman as organisational director/lead
○ a majority (at least 70%) of women staff
○ at least 70% women involved in the governing board/body
○ a stated commitment to women’s rights/gender equality in the organisational mission/vision/values
○ At least 70% of programmatic resources must be dedicated to direct programming on women’s rights;
○ the project applied for will be managed by a woman
● For Ananse and Pamoja grants, we will also consider applications from networks/coalitions formed by three or more women’s groups. In this case applications will be made by one lead organisation who will be responsible for administering and reporting on use of funds. Funds can only be distributed by the lead to a maximum of 4 named partner/network members who must also be based in the two regions.
● Organisations must demonstrate their capacity and financial management systems to effectively implement and account for grant funding and programme delivery.
● Organisations must have registration status that enables them to receive funds from foreign sources.
● Organisations must have been in existence for at least 3 years.

Application Directions

To apply, download the relevant forms, guidelines, budget and financial management templates


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