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Welcome! Bienvenus! Karibu! مرحباً! Bem-vindo!

Urgent Action Fund-Africa, is a consciously feminist and women’s human rights pan-African Fund registered in Nairobi, Kenya. Operating as an innovative virtual organisation, the Fund boasts a strategic presence in Africa’s four sub-regions in East Africa: Nairobi, Kenya & Kampala, Uganda; North Africa: Cairo, Egypt; Southern Africa; Harare, Zimbabwe; and West Africa: Cotonou, Benin. Recognising the need to move resources rapidly on a continent where opportunities arise and decline quickly, UAF-Africa uses a Rapid Response Grant making model to support unanticipated, time sensitive, innovative and unique initiatives. The Fund supports women to seize windows of opportunity that promote women’s agency in democratic governance, economic justice, natural resources governance, conflict transformation and justice processes while protecting their personhood, integrity and human rights.

Our funding mechanisms ensure that we respond to most urgent requests in real time. We achieve this by working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. We conduct our due diligence for approval or decline of a grant within 48 hours, hence the name Urgent Action Fund-Africa. To date, the Fund has supported over 700 women’s catalytic initiatives in 48 African countries. Grant applications are accepted in the 5 African Union official languages (English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Arabic).

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.

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…

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.

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African Feminist Leadership Dialogue

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The African Feminist Forum (AFF) is being hosted in Zimbabwe for the first time. This moment presents a once in a life time occasion to create spaces for cohesive feminist organizing in Zimbabwe that had shut down due to social and political strain and apathy. It is also an opportunity to galvanize the energies of Zimbabwean feminists from across age, class, political and other divides. The participants to this breakfast meeting include African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Urgent Action Fund – Africa (UAF-Africa), and Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network and other feminists from different sectors and regions within Zimbabwe.

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