African Women Development Fund (AWDF) –
The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grant-making foundation which supports local, national and regional organisations in Africa working towards women’s empowerment. Through institutional capacity building and programme development, AWDF seeks to build a culture of learning and partnerships within the African women’s movement – www.awdf.org
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) – CIDA is Canada’s lead agency for development assistance. CIDA’s aim is to manage Canada’s support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results and engage in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada’s effort to realize its development objectives – www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/home
Global Fund for Women – The Global Fund for Women is a publicly supported, non-profit grant making foundation that advances women’s human rights by funding women-led organizations worldwide. We provide general operating support grants to organizations working at the local, regional and national levels to enable women and girls to reach their potential and live free of discrimination and violence. www.globalfundforwomen.org
ABANTU for Development – ABANTU exists to build the capacity of women to participate in decision-making at all levels, to influence policies from a gender perspective and to address inequalities and injustices in social relations. It is a network of people who believe that gender disparity is an injustice, contributes to poverty and is a major hindrance to development. Although ABANTU is an independent network, it forges strategic alliances with others in order to advance its cause.
The organisation therefore seeks to achieve this through, advocacy, training, research, institutional development and networking. ABANTU was established to enhance the capacity of African people, in particular women, to participate in development and to increase the participation of African women in the political and economic structures of their countries – www.abantu-rowa.org
The Network for Women’s Right in Ghana (NETRIGHT) was established in 1999 as a coalition to respond to identified gaps in the approach of civil society organisations working on women’s rights issues. These gaps included a lack of collective approach to working on national and regional processes, an under emphasis of the political and power relational issues in the work on gender and development and the absence of debates which could lead to clear positions on women’s rights.
As such, NETRIGHT operates by clearly emphasising a strong human rights perspective, analyses the political and power relations in the work on gender, and also stresses the importance of advocacy and mobilisation.
The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) was set up in 1988 to share experiences, information and strategies among African women’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs) through advocacy, training and communications so as to advance African women’s development, equality and other human rights – www.femnet.or.ke
Women’s Manifesto coalition for Ghana: In the year 2003, ABANTU-ROWA initiated a research and advocacy programme that led to the creation of a process for developing a document known as The Women’s Manifesto for Ghana. This initiative has also led to the formation of a Coalition on the Women’s Manifesto for Ghana which is hosted by ABANTU-ROWA. The Coalition on the Women’s Manifesto for Ghana is working collaboratively to promote the acceptance and use of the Manifesto by NGOs themselves, the government and its MDAs, political parties, constitutional bodies, the legislature, the judiciary and law enforcement agencies.library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/ghana/02983.pdf
FAMEDEV–Inter Africa Network for women, Media, Gender Equity & Development is an Africa Regional Media Centre Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal. Famedev seeks to work towards reinforcing and sustaining the promotion and development of African women journalists and communicators: Supporting and encouraging the use of quality gender friendly media and communication tools , promoting press freedom, freedom of expression and hence make African women in different sectors of development more visible. This will be achieved through the usage of state of the art interventions, including training, capacity building, strong partnerships, the development of resources and an effective networking system.
Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) is an international, feminist, membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights. AWID’s mission is to strengthen the voice, impact and influence of women’s rights advocates, organizations and movements internationally to effectively advance the rights of women. www.awid.org