Fund for Gender Equality

Women entrepreneurs supported by grantee Partenariat Recherche-Environnement-Médias, Guinea. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saade and Ghinwa Daher.

The Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) has one guiding purpose: to support national, women-led civil society organizations in achieving women’s economic and political empowerment and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

An instrument for feminist philanthropy based on principles of accessibility, trust, and women’s ownership, the Fund is a unique global grant-making model. It transforms financing from diverse donors into high-impact initiatives by women-led organizations, investing in their ideas and abilities to pursue interventions closely attuned to women and girls left furthest behind—97 per cent of its projects working with at least one category of vulnerable groups, and 70 per cent involving two or more.

Since its creation in 2009, the Fund has strengthened the capacities of 131 organizations and delivered USD 65 million in grants to 121 projects in 80 countries. Projects have directly improved the lives of 570,000 people and benefitted millions more through lasting changes to public policy.

To maintain the highest standards of quality and impact, the Fund constantly learns from past experiences while looking ahead and exploring new ways of working. With select grantees, it is currently experimenting with alternative grant-making approaches involving upscaling and social innovation.

Featured publications
  • Fund for Gender Equality annual report 2017–2018

    Fund for Gender Equality annual report 2017–2018
    Supported by photos, data, info-graphics and individual stories of impact, the FGE 2017-2018 Annual Report highlights key aggregated results achieved by its 26 active projects; presents the main findings and recommendations of the first FGE independent evaluation and introduces its fourth grant-making cycle 2018-2019, a scaling and innovation initiative. More

  • ‘Leaving no one behind’ in action

    ‘Leaving no one behind’ in action
    This brief contains observations from the Fund for Gender Equality’s seven-year experience working with civil society. Gender equality is at the forefront of the 2030 Development Agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals include a stand-alone goal to advance equality, and gender-related targets mainstreamed across the Global Goals. Something has opened a door for drastic progress in the lives of women and girls worldwide, it is the principle of leaving no one behind. More

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality