Donor: African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF)
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Ghana
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 08.08.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 20.000$
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 500.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Economic Development
  • Human Rights
  • Social Inclusion
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. Asia

      Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen


1) Objective

The Leading from the South Initiative (LFS) strengthens women’s rights advocacy and resources women’s rights activism. It does this by strengthening organisations working on the human rights of women, girls and gender diverse people to influence policy, empower and improve women’s social, political and economic participation and help reduce exclusion, discrimination violence and inequality.

  • Strengthening Southern feminist women’s organisations, movements and networks, enabling them to influence policy at local, national, regional and international levels.
  • Setting in motion an empowerment process to improve women’s social, political and economic participation to influence the government so that barriers to participation are removed.
  • Providing women’s organisations, movements and networks with the tools needed to reduce exclusion, discrimination, violence and unequal treatment.

For this cycle of funding, AWDF will consider applications for impactful and innovative work and approaches to advocacy, examples of which might include advocating for the enactment or implementation of gender just laws and policies, creating new women’s rights and feminist alliances to push for priority gender justice issues, increasing voice and representation of minoritised communities, or any other approach that strengthens the agency and rights of women, girls and other minoritised and marginalised groups.

2) Eligibility

Applicant Organisations must be a women led organisation that has been formally registered for at least three years (before June 2020). AWDF defines a woman-led organisation as an organisation whose Board Chair and Chief Executive/Director are both women or non-binary, and where at least 70% of the board and staff members of the organisation are women or non-binary.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Africa plus Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine or Yemen.

4) Budget

AWDF will award grants for an amount between USD20,000 per year to USD500,000 per year. They are able to make grants for up to 20 months in this cycle, and you can apply for one of the following three types of grants:

Pamoja: you can apply for a maximum of US$500,000 per annum for 20 months
Ananse: you can apply for a maximum of US$200,000 per annum for 20 months
Yalla: you can apply for a maximum of US$50,000 per annum for up to 20 months

5) Application

The deadline for submitting your applications is 11.59pm GMT on 8th August 2023.

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