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ACBF investment accelerates women's development in Africa

25 Aug, 2015


Interview with Nafi Chinery (AWDF) Full Transcript:

My name is Nafi Chinery. I’m Ghanaian and I work for the African Women's Development Fund.  

What does your organisation do?

Based in Accra the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) is a pan African feminist organisation working for the promotion of women’s rights across Africa. So we are grant makers, we fundraise, we use information to promote women’s rights in Africa.

How has ACBF had a positive impact on your organisation?

The grant, actually has helped AWDF  a lot. It is the first grant that we received from a donor that is looking at three different things which is seeking to build an institution which is the African Women's Development Fund and for me it is quite unique; If a look at the portfolio of the ACBF I can say that AWDF is unique, because it’s a feminist organisation,  it is the only organisation which is a grant maker that supports only women rights work on the continent of Africa and it’s the only organisation that operates in 42 African countries and works with over 1000 grantees, not to talk about the many women in the communities and in the  countries that we touch , so the fund or the grant that we received from ACBF has actually improved our capacity to be able to touch all those lives and to influence spaces, that’s spaces  that shape women’s development on the continent . The grant that we got in our first phase one for example, was an accelerator to receive a grant from the Dutch government, it was called the MDG fund in 2008 and AWDF was a recipient of the largest grant, which was 5 million Euro and what we did in that application was that we used our relationship with ACBF , that we know how to manage grants, we are managing grants from ACBF which is this much to be able to do this work and that gave us a leverage, an advantage over many organisations and because of our partnership with ACBF we have improved our systems and structures in AWDF for example we strengthen our M & E, we strengthened our grant making system because we have, we receive different types of training from ACBF, each time they come on mission and they invite us to training; so we improved and we were able to articulate that clearly in our application to the Dutch government for the flow funds so we were the highest recipients for that grant which was 5 million Euro, and that was because, among other factors our relationship with ACBF

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