How to ensure that donor funding reaches, and simultaneously capacitates, marginalized community-based women’s rights organisations

In June 2017, Global Affairs Canada launched its Women’s Voice and Leadership Program (WVL). The program, which is driven by Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), responds specifically to the funding and capacity needs of small to medium-sized women’s rights organisations (WROs) and networks in developing countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

The WVL Program envisioned that support provided to civil society organisations would advance gender equality, empower women, and promote and protect human rights. The specific aims of the Program are to improve the management and sustainability of local and regional women’s rights organisations, to strengthen the capacity of women’s rights organisations to program and advocate to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and to increase the effectiveness of networks and alliances to affect policy, legal and social change. The WVL Program now includes 32 projects, in 30 countries, and is being implemented in collaboration with 21 partner organisations.

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