Fund for Gender Equality Grantees

The Fund announced in December 2015 the list of 24 new awarded grantees that will implement high-impact, innovative initiatives between 2016 and 2018 to spur the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals by boosting women’s economic empowerment and political participation and leadership. The top-quality programmes selected will start implementation in January 2016 in six regions – namely, East and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa, Americas and the Caribbean, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe and Central Asia.

With eight new countries among the grantees joining the Fund’s grant-making landscape, its global portfolio expanded to a total of 80 countries.

Summaries of awarded grants:

Programme Implementation

Collaboration forms the foundation of the Fund’s work with gender advocate partners across the globe. The Fund’s portfolio works on issues ranging from land rights to the green economy, to building the political leadership of marginalized women.

Once grants are awarded, the Fund for Gender Equality provides each partner with tailored support to strengthen their programme design and ensure that their results are not only achievable but also sustainable after the programme is complete.

Grantee programmes are monitored jointly by the Fund for Gender Equality staff and UN Women field offices. The Fund’s four Regional Monitoring and Reporting Specialists, located in the field, oversee regional portfolios. In-country, UN Women Focal Points provide grantees with day-to-day technical assistance. This collaborative approach ensures that each programme receives local and contextualized support tailored to their needs.

By joining forces with grantees, the Fund for Gender Equality provides them with the support and resources needed to execute impactful initiatives that empower women on the ground at the local, national and international levels.

Learn more about the Fund’s research briefs and videos on women’s economic empowerment in fragile contexts. Based on the experience of four supported programmes in Guinea, Lebanon and Sudan, the Fund explores in this knowledge initiative women's economic barriers and opportunities while capturing good practices, and offering recommendations to strengthen programming in fragile situations. 

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