…As ActionAid Nigeria Targets Special Grant For 100 Women Right Organizations

Network of Disabled Women (NDW) is among 28 other Women Rights Organisation listed as State and National Partners for ActionAid Nigeria Women’s Voice And Leadership Nigeria project.

NDW was among the seven organisations selected from Abuja and 21 others spread across six states of the federation.

Sharing the good news on her facebook page, Chief Executive Officer of NDW, Lois Auta said ActionAid Nigeria’s Women’s Voice and Leadership Nigeria project will commence the year 2 capacity building with Network Management and Advocacy training for local women’s rights networks and coalitions in FCT-Abuja.

This is just as 100 Nigeria-based Women’s Rights Organisation have been targeted to benefit from a special multi-year grant being put together by ActionAid Nigeria.

The grant is part of the Canada-Funded Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL) Project currently being implemented in 30 countries of the world.

A statement on the website of ActionAid Nigeria said the Multi-year Grant is a five-year predictable funding arrangement aimed at supporting the core mandates of 100 Women’s Rights Organizations and Networks at the state level, and Community Based Organizations at the Community level.

The statement said the provision allows beneficiary organizations to continue implementation of either an on-going intervention or new/novel interventions in the Women’s Rights space.

So far the state level funding has been disbursed as 28 organizations and Networks have been selected from 6 states and the FCT as State and National level partners for the project.

The six benefitting states include Cross River, Bauchi, Enugu, Lagos, Kwara and Kebbi.

With the funds yet to be extended to the community level, there is opportunity for 72 Community-Based Organizations (CBO) to join the list as beneficiaries of the grant.

The statement also urged CBO making impact in Women’s Rights and based in any of the WVL Nigeria project state to be on the lookout as any organization could be one of the 72 CBOs.

Aside the multi-year grant, there is also a Strategic Opportunity Fund which allows for agility in responding to women and girls’ rights issues.

According to the statement, it is a rapid response fund that is quick to access by Women’s Rights Organizations/Movements/Networks to better respond to rights violations as well as to seize unanticipated opportunities to create change in the lives of women and girls in the promotion and protection of women and girls’ rights.
“Remember the recent “Justice for Salome” Campaign in the FCT in November, 2019; the “50% Women Representation in Cabinet” protest in Abeokuta in December, 2019; and the “Justice for Goodness” Campaign in the FCT in February, 2020, that was the Strategic Opportunity Fund in Action,” the statement added.

Another grant listed is the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) designed to support new and innovative ideas and initiatives from Women’s Rights Organizations beyond WVL Nigeria project states.

“If your organization is not a beneficiary of the Multi-year granting and the Strategic Opportunity Fund, then put on your thinking Cap – the Strategic Innovation Fund might just be for you!

“This funding opportunity targets innovative ideas which can serve as a catalyst for new ways of doing things within the Women’s Rights movement in Nigeria. It will support actions at any level or any Women’s Rights Actor, so long as it is innovative and aligns with WVL project goal.

The statement said the SIF will be rolled out through a competitive Call for Proposals mechanism, where organizations will be expected to provide a brief concept note outlining their request.

It urged organisations to come up with innovative concepts relevant to women and girls’ rights with demonstrated capacity for effective implementation ahead of the launch of the SIF.

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