The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grantmaking foundation that supports local, national, and regional women’s organizations working to advance the rights of African women. By amplifying and celebrating African women’s voices and achievements, AWDF supports efforts that combat harmful stereotypes and promote African women as active agents of change.
AWDF is the Equality Fund’s lead partner on resourcing women’s rights organizations in Africa through grants, shared learning, and network and solidarity building. In this role, AWDF will advance its strategic vision for Africa and expand its funding to women’s rights organizations working across key themes: Body and Health Rights; Economic Security and Justice; and Leadership, Participation and Peace. AWDF will also be engaged in key aspects of the Equality Fund’s Design and Build phase, including the overall design of the Equality Fund’s global grantmaking program, feminist philanthropy and investment strategies, and participation in its governance model, including accountability to feminist movements. To learn more about our partnership with AWDF, click here.
While maintaining distinct strategies and structures, this partnership makes it possible for AWDF and the Equality Fund to multiply their shared impact, reach organizations that often have limited access to mainstream funding, and deliver even deeper momentum for feminist movements across the African content and around the world.