Training Workshop For Women NGOs Of Francophone Africa On Drafting A Project And Fundraising
Project Summary of one of the AWID Innovation Seed Grant Winners 2005
Recognizing that change doesn't happen through ideas alone, AWID invited the 2005 Forum participants to submit grant applications for projects that would transform ideas and perspectives picked up at the forum into projects for meaningful change. How does change happen? One step at a time, one project at a time.
The goal of the project is to help create competencies and fundamental skills for women NGOs of Francophone Africa that they need to better fulfill their mission and transform their convictions and engagements into concrete actions.
More specifically, the project aims to:
- Create an interactive space for exchange and to facilitate discussions on issues related to funding women NGOs' activities in Francophone Africa;
- Inform women's rights advocates on how to find funding for their activities;
- Develop and/or strengthen capacities in fundraising for NGOs in Francophone Africa;
- Share successful fundraising strategies with the participants;
- Bring participants to develop fundraising strategies for collaborative projects.
To realize these noble objectives, AFARD will organize a National Workshop that will last 4 days, a follow-up regional Forum Discussion Online that will last for 8 days.
The outcomes of the Workshop and the Forum will be compiled as acts and be largely disseminated nationally and regionally as well as to funders.
About the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AFARD) - Togo
The Togo branch of AFARD (Association of African Women for Research and Development ), was created January 15th 2000, thanks to the dynamism of a young Togolese woman who attended the AFARD Training Program on Leadership which took place July 1st to November 30th, 1999 in Dakar. Today, there are about forty members.
The objectives of the Association are as follows:
- To encourage the capacities of all Togolese women to take on research and to disseminate the results of that research;
- To unveil and highlight the role of women throughout history as well as their participation in all the processes of change at the cultural, socio-economic and political levels;
- To allow Togolese civil society to carry out training and advocacy programs in order to implement specific development policy choices;
- To develop strategies and advocacy tools which would allow Togolese women to gain access to centers of decision, to assert their social and political rights and to contribute significantly to the democratic process in our country;
- To create networks and strengthen partnerships amongst African women researchers and organizations working on gender and development issues.
Currently, the president of AFARD's sits as a member of AFARD's Regional Executive Committee and coordinates the Association's activities in Francophone West Africa.
For more information on the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AFARD) visit their website at: http://www.afard.org/French/baniere.htm