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Strengthening the Human and Institutional Capacity of The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF)

  • Project Name:
    Strengthening the Human and Institutional Capacity of The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF)
    Institution :
    African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF)
    • Core Competence:
      Professionalisation of the Voices of the Private Sector & Civil Society
    Strategic Pillar:
    Enhancing Capacity for Transformational Change
    Project Region :
    West & Central Africa
    Country :
    Ghana
    Status :
    Active
    Phase :
    I
    Grant Number :
    180
    Grant Amount (USD):
    1 000 000
    Commitment Date:
    2006
    Closing Date:
    2011
    Phase :
    II
    Grant Number:
    261
    Grant Amount (USD):
    2 700 000
    Commitment Date:
    2012
    Closing Date:
    2016
    Introduction:

    The African Women’s Development fund is an Africa-wide grant-making institution which was established in 2001 to address some of the financial problems constraining the work of African women’s organizations.  In 2003 AWDF established a capacity building unit to address the capacity needs of the women’s organizations that it supports, in order to enable them to effectively implement programs in the thematic areas identified as priority concerns for women in Africa.  At its 35th Regular Meeting in May 2006 the Executive Board approved at grant of US$1 million to AWDF to fund Phase III. In 2012 ACBF and AWDF signed a grant of $2.7million towards AWDF Phase IV. 

    Project Description:

    The goal of the AWDF project is to promote economic empowerment and politicalparticipation of women in Africa. The two specific objectives are to:

    • Strengthen the institutional and human capacity of AWDF to effectively address theneeds of its grantees; and
    • Increase the institutional capacity of African Women Organizations to engage effectivelyon issues of women’s human rights and development in Africa.
Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.


H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.


H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.


Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.


Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.


Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana
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