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Welcome! Bienvenue! Karibu! مرحباً! Bem-vindo!

Urgent Action Fund-Africa, is a consciously feminist and women’s human rights pan-African Fund registered in Nairobi, Kenya. The Fund boasts a strategic presence on the ground across the five sub-regions of Africa; in Tanzania, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Nigeria. As the first rapid response Fund on the continent, UAF-Africa adds value to the work of activists and civil society organisations focusing on women’s active socio-political participation and visibility by leveraging resources and opportunities for critical engagement that advance women’s human rights.

Our Vision

We envision...

A world where African women are leading change agents at all levels of society with full access to opportunities, justice and resources – a world in which women and girls thrive.

Working towards social change…

We support catalytic interventions through rapid response grant giving, deliberate collaborations on topical and emerging issues and protection of resilient women’s human rights defenders at risk.

What we do

As the first rapid response Fund on the continent, UAF-Africa adds value to the work of women’s rights activists and organisations through provision of critical financial and technical resources. At UAF-Africa money is recognized as a fundamental tool in protecting and advancing women’s rights and enabling their participation in crucial processes that contribute to shifting of power relations. Read More…

BREAKING NEWS: UAF-Africa Rapidly Deploys Feminist Ugandan Medical Doctor & Psychiatrist to Ebola Hit Liberia

UAF-Africa has provided a rapid response grant to a Ugandan feminist Psychiatrist & Mental Health Doctor to conduct a rapid assessment and gender analysis of the impact and response of the Ebola disease outbreak in Liberia. This urgent and critical step was necessary in order to have an insider and gendered perspective on some of the psychological, social and economic shifts that the Ebola has created and of the responses to the outbreak. The assessment would also focus on addressing the role that women and women leaders can play in stemming the EVD and preventing further spread.

Dr. Florence Baingana, a psychiatrist and a mental health specialist in collaboration with Liberia Center of Outcome Research for Mental Health (LiCORMH) will also hold community dialogue sessions and support groups for survivors of EVD, first responders, family members and community leaders. These sessions will also focus on peace building, trauma healing and awareness raising. The analysis produced from this mission will be useful in informing the responses in the other outbreak-struck countries as well as other disasters. Follow Dr. Baingana’s blog to get up-to-date information and news.

New Release: Solidarity across Boarders: Making Sense of the Ebola Crisis

The Ebola outbreak has tragically transitioned from an international public health crisis to a humanitarian emergency. A global elimination plan, influenced and shaped by women’s emotional and indigenous social intelligence and knowledge of their communities and supported by national, regional and international health bodies is badly needed to conquer this deadly catastrophe.

At UAF-Africa, we stand in solidarity with the affected communities and the thousands of courageous women who are making tough and life-changing decisions in the face of an extraordinary situation; women whose visibility and voices are not considered experts but have the conviction that their resilience to human struggles will win the day; women who are fearlessly engaged in front line efforts to combat Ebola. At UAF-Africa, we salute and celebrate the women who are doing all they can with little resources to make a difference for themselves and others.

In our latest solidarity piece, we highlight some of the key priorities for the international community to consider during and after the Ebola outbreak. Read more… 

Grantee Spotlight

National Women Association for Social and Educational Advancement (NWASEA), established in 1992, works to improve the social economic status of the disadvantaged women groups in Uganda through promotion of human rights, education and health so that they can effectively participate in community and national development programs.

In August 2014, the Ugandan National Land Policy was finally launched, following more than a decade of consultation and debate. The new land policy aims to, “ensure efficient, equitable and optimal utilization and management of Uganda’s land resources for poverty reduction, wealth creation and overall socio-economic development.” It builds upon Uganda’s 1995 Constitution, which grants “every person …a right to own property either individually or in association with others.” This new policy will allow women for first time the right to own and inherit customary land for the first time in history.

With a rapid response grant from UAF-Africa, NWASEA will organize three forums during which women from different sectors will contribute their views and ideas for the development and implementation of the new land policy reforms. The expected results of the forum include: sensitizing community to be part of the land policy implementation, discussing and participating in the new land reforms; and full inclusion of women in the inheritance, acquisition through buying, and ownership of land as stipulated in the land policy Section (3) 100 widows will acquire their land certificates.

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