Women’s organizations from the Global South are best placed to reach women and girls left furthest behind and work with them to transform their lives. Yet the expertise of these groups is overlooked and underfunded.
The Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) is unique in the United Nations because it does not just transfer funds. It offers careful, systematic support to women’s organizations to build the array of capabilities they need to put ideas and knowledge into practice.
The FGE offers:
Pooled funding of resources from diverse donors. All are committed to investing in stronger women’s movements and home-grown solutions to achieve gender equality. They stand behind a grantmaking mechanism with a history of delivering results, efficiency and rigorous reporting. Read more about our donors.
Global calls for proposals that apply high quality standards in a competitive process aimed at maximizing the impacts of investments in gender equality and the SDGs. At least 75 per cent of FGE contributions go to grants. Read more about our grantmaking process.
An effective strategy to reach women furthest behind by engaging with national women-led organizations. These groups understand the most pressing needs and the most promising strategies. Read more about how the Fund operationalizes the 'Leaving No One Behind' principle.
Accompaniment and growth for grantees through financial and technical support for project design and implementation, as well as capacity development. This empowering approach leads to stronger women’s organizations that are better positioned to make a difference. Read more about our results.
Global knowledge of what works through routinely aggregated evidence and data from grantee programme results and practices. Read more.
A passionate team of experienced professionals globally and in countries who have trusted relationships with civil society. Core team values are horizontality, solidarity, communication, creativity, transparency and flexibility. Read more about our team assessment at FGE Global Evaluation.
Don’t just believe us!
Below is what people say about working with us.
From our grantees
- “Thanks to the FGE, my organization is going to another level. This project has allowed us to lead the positioning of women, peace and security issues at the top of the political agenda in Albania.” Association for Women with Social Problems, Albania
- “The opportunity to work with FGE is a privilege. The quality, the flexibility, the warmth. FGE support has allowed us to finally achieve goals that we have been working towards for years.” Centro de Documentación y Estudios, Paraguay
- “FGE is a different donor. They really listen and engage. They are flexible. We feel like it’s one of the donors that actually understands us.” Pastoral Women’s Council, United Republic of Tanzania
- “[FGE] is one of the very few donors that gives much importance on the process of transferring a concept project idea into a full-fledged project document. This process ensures that the design is really home-grown, fully owned by implementing partners, and reflecting their local contexts and specificities.” Palestinian Centre for Peace and Democracy, State of Palestine
- “We have been monitoring projects for a long time. In fact, we have been awarded as one of the global best practices in implementing migration and development initiatives. Despite those awards, this is the first time we´re really understanding the science behind project management.” Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative, Philippines
From our donors
- “The Fund for Gender Equality is a trustworthy mechanism that not only offers the financial means but also accompanies them in the process, strengthening their capacities and providing technical guidance to ensure effective results on the ground. Germany is proud to support this mechanism. This is one of our best investments.” Government of Germany
- “The need for support is pressing and resources are scarce. Now more than ever, we as donors need to make smart investment decisions and sustained commitments. UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality is certainly an excellent example of addressing the complexity of gender inequalities with smart partnerships”. Government of Switzerland
From independent studies and evaluations
- “FGE remains uniquely placed within the international system to work with organizations and issues in the margins to reach some of the furthest women behind first.” 2017 FGE Independent Evaluation
- "Experience from FGE projects shows that implementing organizations (civil society) are now well-positioned to inform and further contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals." 2015 Independent meta-analysis of FGE grantee evaluations
- “Through the grant awarding process and later implementation of the successful projects, an eye is kept on the selection of the highest quality proposals that will actually have an effective impact on society… Thanks to this approach, UN-Women’s impact on the field can be measured and appraised.” European Commission, DEVCO Pillar Assessment Report of UN Women