African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a Pan-African grant making organisation that funds local, national and regional autonomous women’s rights organisations in Africa and the Middle East, that are working towards the promotion and realisation African Women’s Rights. Since the beginning of its operation in 2001, AWDF has awarded grants and provided technical support to over 1,340 women’s organisations in 43 out of the 54 countries in Africa and since 2017 in 2 countries in the Middle East. As part of the methods AWDF employs to assess the impact her grantees have made and are still making in the lives of women in their various project areas and on the continent at large, an annual Grantee Recognition Survey is conducted. This forms part of AWDF’s monitoring, evaluation and learning instruments. The survey seeks to identify achievements of past grantees, and highlight those whose partnership with AWDF contributed to said awards or recognitions. It also serves as a way of following up with grantees whose grants have ended.
The AWDF grantees are doing a tremendous job in line with AWDF’s vision of having “A world where all African women live in peace, with dignity and justice and where there is equality and respect for women’s rights”. This is through their tireless efforts of fighting for social justice in their communities,
contributing to the improved living conditions of beneficiaries and also increase recognition and inclusion of women’s rights issues in the development agenda at various levels.These genuine efforts have earned them recognition, awards and influence in their localities / communities, countries, the continent and beyond. The survey showcases the recognition / awards of AWDF’s grantees and also highlights the role AWDF played. These awards / recognitions come in different forms and AWDF seeks to systematically track and document such recognitions / awards annually. For the 2019 Grantee Recognition Survey, questionnaires were sent through Google forms to 61 organisations in 22 countries (48 organisations in 16 Anglophone countries and 13 organisations in 6 Francophone Countries) who were awarded with grants of US$5,000 and above in 2017. The sections below present the findings gathered from the responses received.