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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

Katwse sistahoodWhat Happens When Young Women Mobilize and Organize

We would like to congratulate the Zimbabwean girl-led organization Katswe Sistahood, one of our grantees and among 20 recipients of the With and For Girls Award, a global initiative to support remarkable local organizing. 

Katswe Sistahood, which was selected from a pool of 125 nominees, received the award on Monday November 16, 2015 in London, has been active in ensuring that young women and girls in Zimbabwe have access to their sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR).

They continue to provide SRHR services and legal protection in an environment where there is limited access to these services because of religious beliefs. This is what happens when resources are entrusted to young women who organize and mobilize for change in their communities.

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