AWDF Projects News 2012

African Update – 24/12/12

2012 has been another busy year for AWDF and our partner organisations.

As always the core of AWDF's work this year has been grant making, capacity building, advocacy, movement building, and continuously investing in the learning and development of the women's rights organisations we work with throughout the continent. In 2012, we have given out over $2.1 million in grants to 187 organisations in 32 countries. Our grants team have led visits to over 100 of our grantee partners in 8 countries: Benin, Cameroun, Congo Brazzaville, Kenya, Liberia, South Africa, Togo and Zambia. Monitoring and evaluation visits are essential to the work that we do at AWDF, and provide us with opportunities to assess the impact of the work our grantees do, provide on the spot technical assistance to those that need support, and identify key areas of learning and future support activities. The site visits that underlie our monitoring and evaluation also give us opportunities to learn directly from women in different situations about the issues that most directly affect them, as well as their ideas for overcoming challenges and improving their lives and those of their families, communities and nations.

During the year our Capacity Building Unit has provided various learning opportunities for our grantee partners in addition to those provided through site visits. These included a skills building workshop on 'Rights and Results Based Programming' in South Africa for grantee partners from the Southern Africa region; capacity building training for beneficiaries of our small grants programme in Liberia; and support to grantee partners from across the continent to attend the 'International Workshop on Resource Mobilisation (IWRM) Africa' in Uganda. In speaking about what she learnt at the IWRM-Africa, Gertrude Pswarayi, Director for the 'Creative Centre for Communication and Development' said the opportunity enabled her to realise her "...dream of seeing marginalized groups strategically and creatively using communication toexpress their needs, to make their voices heard, to manage their own communication, and to participate fully in their own development to enable them to live fuller and more fulfilling lives".

We have continued to build on our efforts to explore the potential the Arts holds for gender equity. In February, Nneka Egbuna, internationally acclaimed musician and AWDF's Ambassador for the Arts, publicly expressed her commitment to supporting the work of AWDF and our grantee partners in a ceremony at AWDF house.

In this same thematic area, AWDF partnered with Alliance Française (Accra) on International Women's Day to hold a special concert that featured Sia Tolno, an award-winning musician from Guinea and RFI Discovery Award winner of 2011, and Lady Jay Wah of Ghana. The partnership included a special exhibition by women artists, plus interaction between AWDF staff and Alliance Française students - reaching out to greater numbers of young women. AWDF partnered also with the African Feminist Forum to take part in the Africa Utopia event that was curated by celebrated musician Baaba Maal, using the opportunity to celebrate inspirational African women's leadership.

One example of African women's leadership we were delighted to celebrate was the swearing in of President Joyce Banda of Malawi, giving Africa two concurrently serving women Presidents. Women's rights activists across the continent wish her well and look forward to the continuation of her activism on behalf of women and the flourishing of her country as she applies her vision and passion to the development of Malawi.

As part of our ongoing focus on African philanthropy, AWDF continues to play a key role in the 'African GrantMakers Network' (AGN). The AGN held its biennial General Assembly in Johannesburg in November 2012, an event widely acclaimed for the innovative discussions it stimulated, the ideas it generated and the greater profile it promoted for African philanthropy. At the close of the conference, Janet Mawiyoo of the Kenya Community Development Foundation stood down as Chair after completing her term in office, having shown great leadership and vision in that time. I was elected as the new Chair of the AGN and look forward to working with the great AGN board. In addition, AWDF was nominated to host the next AGN General Assembly in 2014.

AWDF grantees won several awards during the year, but we were especially proud of the IPPFAR Philanthropy Award bestowed on AWDF's 3 inspirational co founders - H.E. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Ms Joana Foster, and Dr Hilda Tadria. The award was for "...actively impacting communities and women's development on the continent through philanthropy and community engagement

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