The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grant making foundation that supports local, national and regional organizations working towards the empowerment of African women and the achievement of gender equality on the continent. The vision of AWDF is for women to live in a world where there is social justice, equality and respect for women’s human rights. To this end, our mission is to mobilize and disburse financial, human and material resources to support positive transformation in Africa. We believe that If women are empowered with skills, information, sustainable livelihoods, opportunities to fulfil their potential, plus the capacity and space to make transformatory choices, then we will have vibrant, healthy and inclusive communities.
To achieve its vision and mission, the African Women’s Development Fund provides grant and technical support to women’s groups and organizations in Africa working on issues in line with the following themes:

  • Women’s Human Rights (WHR)
  • Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods (EEL)
  • Health and Reproductive Rights (HRR)
  • Governance Peace and Security (GPS)
  • Arts Culture and Sports (ACS) and

The AWDF is inviting applicants working on specified areas to put in applications for support.  The current call is opened from 10th August to 11th September 2015.

Grant Size

Grants disbursed will be in the range of $5,000 to $30.000.

Geographical Scope

Applications from the following countries are specifically encouraged to apply;
Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Grant Period

The grant period will be for one year from the date of award.


The grantee is expected to send in 2 reports.  An interim report and a final comprehensive report detailing the various activities, lessons learnt and clearly defined achievements at the end of the project.  The organisation must be capable of measuring the results of the project and must be able to document stories and lessons learnt for sharing with AWDF and other partners.

How to apply

Interested organisations should send in their proposals to the AWDF secretariat in Accra, Ghana, using the required grant applications guidelines
Application guidelines- Main grants
For more information on this opportunity, visit the official website AWDF by following the link below:


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