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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 & Dar es salaam, Tanzania; North Africa: Cairo, Egypt; Southern Africa; Harare, Zimbabwe; and West Africa: Abuja, Nigeria. 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 600 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.


Galvanising Women’s Rights Organising in Francophone Africa
Date: May 18th-20th, 2015
Location: Dakar, Senegal
Urgent Action Fund-Africa in partnership with Foundation for a Just Society, Global Fund for Women,  African Women’s Development Fund, New Field Foundation, Global Human Rights, and Mama Cash will be hosting a 3-day regional convening in Dakar, Senegal to support women’s rights organisations’ leaders from Francophone West and Central Africa to  develop their capacity in resource mobilization, unified and nuanced agenda setting and collaborative strategizing. For more information please read our concept note in English and French.

Grantee Spotlight

The Anti- Protest Law in Egypt has come under fierce criticism from activists and international rights organizations as it is seen to violate the constitutional right to assembly, as guaranteed by the Constitution.

In September 2014, 30 individuals including Ms. Yara Sallam and Ms. Salwa Mehrez were charged with 12 provisions that include the participation in unauthorized demonstration whose aim was to stop the implementation of the law and influence the effectiveness of the public authorities during the carrying out of their work and participating in a demonstration that breached, threatened public security and the interests of citizens law. In October 26, they were sentenced to three years in prison, to an additional three years of police surveillance, to a 10,000 EGP fine (1,000 euros), and to repayment for property damages they allegedly caused, in relation to their alleged participation in a protest on June 21, 2014.

IKHTYAR collective sought to appeal in the court of Cassation which is considered the highest judicial body in the Egyptian court system designated with the purpose of creating a central tool to provide exclusive and uniform interpretation and application of law. So while the previous courts were judging on the basis of the facts of the case, the Court of Cassation issues rulings on whether the previous courts applied the correct interpretation of the law or whether their rulings were politicized; if the Court of Cassation rules in favour of Ms. Yara Sallam and Ms. Salwa Mehrez, it would order that the case reopens in front of another court. It will therefore a precedence for the implementation and interpretation of the Anti-Protest Law which is needed to preserve the rights and lives of Egyptians. UAF-Africa provided the group with an urgent grant towards the appeal processes. Read the full story here.

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