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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.

Grantee Spotlight

Recognizing the growing need for information in dealing with sexual violence, UAF-Africa supported a group in the Nuba Mountains to document and develop a gender knowledge base in Arabic. This was aimed at tackling the knowledge and awareness problem, and the need for alternatives for organizing workshops and trainings. The group seeks to develop digital learning materials on protection and advocacy tools and documentation of violations with focus on sexual violence and information in supporting sexual violence victims- medically, psychologically and legally. The target for these materials will be first responders to sexual violence victims, including families, local community members, healthcare and psychological support providers, and the victims themselves.

In order to reach a majority of the community members, the materials (both visual and audio visual) will be translated into the main languages: Fur, Zagawa, Oncho, Jimang and Beja. Furthermore, the organization plans to create support groups to start conversations among the victims and the unified community with guidance from legal, medical, and psychological professionals. These groups would be created through website interactive forums which would also be available in social networks and mobile applications such as WhatsApp, and would additionally link the victims with volunteer care providers and legal assistants when in need for private consultancy through direct messages, SMS, phone calls and via communication applications such as Viber or Skype.

On the advocacy level the group plans to circulate a monthly electronic newsletter on the latest situation of women rights in Sudan and the active call for actions in collaboration with women rights groups inside and outside Sudan in order to create a larger solidarity network for women’s rights CSOs.  Read more….

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