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).