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The Learning & Innovations Portfolio identifies and engages with emerging issues of relevance to UAF-Africa’s mission and vision while keeping abreast of ongoing discourse in the field of African women’s rights. Positing herself as a learning organization that looks to learn from the valuable experience of partners and grantees, UAF-Africa closely monitors grant applications in order to get a palpable sense of country-level or regional trends on the ground and works on innovative approaches to engage and report on such trends. It is through this follow up that UAF-Africa aims to identify key gaps in knowledge and research for policy in the field of women’s human rights on the continent.

Strategically positioning herself as a learning organisation, UAF-Africa also works with her grantees in a participatory manner, seeing herself as an equal partner that aims to learn and grow from the lived realities of her grantees. It is also through following the work of grantees and partners that the Fund identifies innovative approaches devised to tackle the plethora of challenges facing African women, as well as strategies that women utilize to seize strategic opportunities that have the potential of furthering African women’s rights. The latter learning process furthers UAF-Africa’s vision of herself as a part of the whole; as such learning outcomes would eventually benefit human rights organizations and the public by feeding into regional advocacy discourse and the development of good practice around issues concerning women’s rights in Africa. The portfolio also facilitates the development of a learning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting policy that is designed around UAF-Africa’s unique rapid response grant making mechanism, which explores the effectiveness and efficiency of our model towards fulfilling the overarching goal of advocating for women’s rights.


Urgent Action Fund-Africa makes small grants intended to enable a short-term intervention in the course of a long-term strategy. We respond to most urgent requests within 24 hours. Requests received without endorsement may require additional time.

Urgent Action Fund-Africa is not able to make grants for humanitarian efforts, general programme activities, or individual participation in conferences.

In accordance with the Beijing Platform for Action, Urgent Action Fund-Africa gives priority to promoting and protecting the full and equal enjoyment by women of all human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction of any kind as to race, language, religion, sexual orientation, political or other opinions, national or social origin.

Urgent Action Fund-Africa makes grants in five categories:

  • Defending the defenders
  • Protecting women’s individual dignity, safety and autonomy
  • Justice and the rule of law
  • Economic Justice
  •  Natural Resource Governance & Climate Change

There are 2 different ways to submit a grant application. Choose only 1 of the following options:

  1. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM: Fill out the application form online.
  2. DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATION FORM:Download the application form on the right and send to our office via email, postal address below.



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