African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) Call for Funding and Technical Support Proposals 2014 June
Introduction: The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grant making foundation that supports local, national and regional organizations working towards the empowerment of African women and the achievement of gender equality on the continent.
To achieve its vision and mission, the African Women’s Development Fund provides grant and technical support to women’s groups and organizations in Africa working on issues in line with the following themes:
- Women’s Human Rights (WHR)
- Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods (EEL)
- Health and Reproductive Rights (HRR)
- Governance Peace and Security (GPS)
- Arts Culture and Sports (ACS) and
Women’s Human Rights (WHR)
In the area of promoting Women’s Human Rights, priority will be given to projects that enhance
- Women and girls access to justice especially around land and property rights
- Policy engagements on women’s rights
- Addressing violence against women
Governance, Peace & Security (GPS)
To enhance women’s participation in decision making and peace building, projects that will be supported would focus on
- Enabling women’s voices to be heard and their interest represented at all levels of decision making
- Building women’s leadership capacities
- Facilitating women’s participation in the democratic processes
To increase income earning opportunities for women, projects to be supported should seek to
- Work with smallholder women farmers
- Work on climate change and food security issues
- Build micro enterprises and strengthen cooperatives
In the area of HRR the proposal will seek to minimize maternal and infant mortality rates and to address some urgent health issues affecting women and girls.
- Improvement in maternal and child health
- Prevention of breast and cervical cancer
- Strengthening women’s voices to advocate for the implementation of National health policies
- Training and equipping traditional birth attendants
- Improve access to family planning information and services
- Promote the reproductive health and rights of women
Projects to be supported under this theme will use arts, sports and culture to help address the negative images of women, by building women’s talents and skills as well as to build their capacities to lead the advocacy for the promotion of the rights of women.
- The use of arts and popular culture to disseminate information on women’s rights and other key issues affecting women, to new and hard to reach audiences
- Raise the voices and profiles of women in all sectors of leadership on the continent using media such as music, films, documentaries, TV and radio productions, and national and regional film festivals.
Projects that will be supported under this theme will be centered on:
- Fighting stigma and discrimination against women living with HIV/AIDS
- Promoting the rights of women living with HIV/AIDS
- Building the capacities of women living with HIV/AIDS to take leadership positions and to lead the advocacy for the promotion of the rights of women living with HIV/AIDS
- To facilitate the inclusion and participation of women living with HIV in decision making forums at the community, national and international levels
- Innovative HIV prevention activities and programmes
- Applicant Organisation must have been in existence for at least 3 years
- The organization must be duly registered, at least with its local government structure
- The organization must be led by a woman
- The organization must have the needed organizational structures
- The organization must have an appreciable financial management system
- The organization must be capable of reporting back on the outcomes of the project
- The organization must be highly recommended by a donor agency, a grantee or partner of AWDF or the local government office
- The applying organization must complete the necessary application forms
Grant Period: The grant period will be for one year from the date of award.
The grantee is expected to send in 2 reports. An interim report and a final comprehensive report detailing the various activities, lessons learnt and clearly defined achievements at the end of the project.
How to Apply
Interested organisations should send in their proposals to the AWDF secretariat in Accra, Ghana, using the required grant applications guidelines which include a financial management assessment form.
For more information, please visit the following links:
The African Women’s Development Fund
Office: Plot 78 Ambassadorial Enclave, East Legon
Post: P.M.B CT 89 Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : + 233 289669666
Note: Please note that this is a very competitive process and it is only organizations with innovative but effective strategies who will be supported. Again, organizations must clearly demonstrate their ability to communicate their achievements.