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African Women’s Development Fund opens resource centre

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The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) with support from The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) on Wednesday commissioned a resource centre for African

women in Accra.

The resource centre is part of AWDF’s efforts to meet key strategic objectives of building a body of knowledge on gender development, showcase the contributions that African women have made to development in Africa and also build capacity initiatives which encourage good practice in NGO leadership and management.

The 100,000 Dollar resource centre is well equipped with a range of literature particularly suited to women working in the non-governmental sector and women looking to enhance their personal and professional development.

Special guest at the commissioning of the centre was the Executive Secretary of the AWDF, Dr Frannie Léautier who was excited about the establishment of the resource centre.

The Executive Director of the AWDF, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi in an interview with Myjoyonline.com after the commissioning disclosed that, the AWDF has achieved a lot when it comes to women development and capacity building.

Since its inception ten years ago, it has provided grants and offered technical assistance and capacity building programs to women at community and grass root levels. They have funded over a thousand women organisations in 46 African countries.

“We fund women’s organisations to work at community levels, grass-root levels. We also support women organisations who work on advocacy issues at national-regional levels. A lot of women’s organisations in Ghana who are doing extremely good job like the Ark Foundation, NETRIGHT, ABANTU for Development, The Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and many others are organisations that AWDF has provided grants for over the years,” she said.

She said it was important to establish the resources centre for three main reasons; to help support women organisations that they fund to build capacity which they have volunteers already in place for.

The second reason is for women organisations both within and outside Ghana to come and access information on organisational development, gender planning, feminist theory and lastly to be able to use the resource centre to mentor young people.

Ms Bisi admitted that AWDF has over the years been faced with a lot of challenges. She said it is sometimes difficult to work in certain parts of the African continent when it comes to communications problems, problems with infrastructure especially banking system and the various conflicts in Africa which sometimes displace women.

The Accra office of the AWDF is the regional secretariat and it serves Africa. It gets its funding from bilateral organisations such as the Norwegian government, Spanish and Dutch governments, the Ford Foundation and many others.

Story by Ernest Dela Aglanu

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