‘Leading from the South (LFS)’ – a new fund to resource women’s rights activism in the global South.

Leading from the South Fund is a global grant making programme aimed at providing support to women’s organisations, groups and movements around the world to lobby and advocate for their rights. Initiated in 2017 and financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the fund supports activism devised, implemented and led by women’s rights organisations in the global South. It is jointly managed by three regional women’s funds and one global women’s fund, each with an independent yet complimentary approach.

The Four administrators of the fund are:

In the Global South, women’s organisations and networks play a crucial role in influencing the policies of governments, leaders, communities and other actors to achieve Global Goal no. 5: gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls. LFS promotes cross-border cooperation and connects grassroots organisations with national, regional and global networks and movements.

Through grants, capacity development, and lobbying and advocacy, LFS will help equip organisations to influence policy, tackle power imbalances and reduce exclusion, violence, discrimination and inequality.

For information on our previous LFS calls, statistics, Frequently asked questions please see the links below. 

LFS Grants Awarded: Cycle 1 Statistics 

LFS Grants Awarded: Cycle 1 Full Grantee and Project List 

LFS Frequently asked questions