The Process


AWDF’s grant-making 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. Our grant-making is innovative, flexible and creative. Through our main grants programme we support established women’s rights organisations, our small grants programme supports small, locally based organisations, and our solidarity fund enables us to facilitate learning and networking opportunities whilst our legacy fund celebrates the contributions and achievements of many un-sung African heroines

The AWDF funds work in six thematic areas:

  • Women’s Human Rights

  • Political Participation

  • Peace Building

  • Health, Reproductive Rights

  • Economic Empowerment.


The AWDF prioritises programmes which develop and promote women’s leadership and advocacy across all these themes. These thematic areas have been selected because they feature very highly on the agenda of African women and their organisations.

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