African Women’s Development Fund 2018 Call for Proposals Round 3 : Leading from the South.

Application Deadline: July 24th 2018

African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is happy to invite proposals for grants from all eligible women-led and women’s rights groups and organisations in Africa and the Middle East under Leading From the South.

LFS is a funding initiative designed and managed by AWDF and three other women’s rights organisations: Women’s Fund Asia, Fondo Mujeres del Sur and Indigenous Women’s Fund (FIMI). Under this initiative, AWDF aims to scale up its grantmaking and advocacy initiatives to promote women’s rights, amplify their voices, increase economic opportunities and improve access to spaces of decision-making.

AWDF is mandated to fund in all 54 African countries. Under the Leading from the South initiative AWDF has expanded its grantmaking mandate to include selected countries in the Middle East.

Through Leading from the South, AWDF will award grants that advance the following three impact areas:

  • Eliminate violence against women and girls & sustain respect for women’s bodily integrity and autonomy
  • Protect full economic rights and justice for women
  • Expand democratic space; sustain inclusive governance and equal political participation of women


Applications are accepted for women’s groups registered in the following countries in Africa and the Middle East:

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

Middle East: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Yemen

Funded programmes may be implemented in any of the above countries, as well as in Sudan, South Sudan, Iran and Syria.

Applications will be accepted in English or French. Once a grant is awarded, technical support will be available in English and French.


Who can apply

  • AWDF accepts applications from women’s rights organisations registered and working in DAC recipient countries in Africa and the Middle East (see country list in section II).
  • AWDF funds women-led, women’s organisations as a priority. Organisations must have:
    • a track record of work on women’s rights,
    • a woman as organisational director/lead
    • a majority (at least 70%) of women staff
    • at least 70% women involved in the governing board/body
    • a stated commitment to women’s rights/gender equality in the organisational mission/vision/values
    • At least 70% of programmatic resources must be dedicated to direct programming on women’s rights;
    • the project applied for will be managed by a woman
  • For Ananse and Pamoja grants, we will also consider applications from networks/coalitions formed by three or more women’s groups. In this case applications will be made by one lead organisation who will be responsible for administering and reporting on use of funds. Funds can only be distributed by the lead to a maximum of 4 named partner/network members who must also be based in the two regions.
  • Organisations must demonstrate their capacity and financial management systems to effectively implement and account for grant funding and programme delivery.
  • Organisations must have registration status that enables them to receive funds from foreign sources.
  • Organisations must have been in existence for at least 3 years.

Political parties, religious institutions, government bodies, for-profit organisations and individuals are not eligible for funding either independently or as part of a consortium.

Eligible activities

Activities to be considered for funding:

  • Campaigns to advance specific women’s rights agendas, law and policy change
  • Training to build core advocacy/social change skills
  • Media and communications campaigns
  • Action-research and knowledge production with an advocacy focus
  • Alliance and movement-building
  • Strategic litigation
  • Engaging the regional/international human rights system and international treaty bodies
  • Interventions to change public attitudes on key policy issues


  1. All grant applications must be submitted to AWDF by 24 July 2018. AWDF will acknowledge receipt by email for all applications received.
  2. Please ensure that you only use the correct, updated application forms. Using the wrong form (including forms from previous rounds) could disqualify you.
  3. Submitted applications will be reviewed by AWDF’s experienced Programme Officers and managers with the support of qualified regional technical advisors. The final decision for the grants will be made by the AWDF board with contributions from technical advisors.
  4. Short-listing, review and selection process will take approximately 15 weeks from the submission deadline. Successful applicants will be contacted the week of 19 November 2018.
  5. Grants will be disbursed in January 2019
  6. Note that we are not able to provide feedback on individual applications.


To apply, download the relevant forms, guidelines, budget and financial management templates below:

LFS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

LFS Round 3 Guidelines (English)

LFS 2018 Application Form: Yalla

LFS 2018 Application Form : Ananse

LFS 2018 Application Form: Pamoja

Download Budget Template here

Download Financial Management Questionnaire Here

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the African Women’s Development Fund 2018 Call for Proposals Round 3



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