Afghanistan – Funders’ Network for Afghan Women – Mapping Gender in Afghanistan
Author: Womens UN Report Network
Date: July 22, 2005
Please read on re: MAPPING GENDER IN AFGHANISTAN.
The Funders’ Network for Afghan Women
(FNAW) is a coalition of dedicated foundations and granting organizations, as
well as advocates, policy-makers and other agencies funding Afghan women’s
groups. FNAW members have committed to working together to better understand
and address the needs of grassroots civil society organizations in Afghanistan
that support women and children. Members share project assessments, security
information, experiences, and feedback from Afghan partners to prioritize
funding, expand on success stories, and build the capacity of women leaders in
The Network addresses common problems
faced by grantees, with an emphasis on sustainability, advocacy and
capacity-building. FNAW provides grantees with technical assistance, and helps
them better establish their own networks and partnerships. It is FNAW’s belief
that a coalition of funders can have a real, measurable policy impact on those
with the power to bring meaningful change to the lives of Afghan women and
girls. To this end, advocacy is key among FNAW’s priorities.
Women’s funds and other organizations
concerned with the future of Afghanistan have long recognized the need to
improve donor coordination and information-sharing to ensure that the goal of
building a lasting civic democratic society in Afghanistan has a viable chance.
They also recognized that the key to a democratic and progressive society is
improvement for women and children in a host of areas. The difficulty donors
and potential grant-seekers face in getting information from and about each
other has led to a growing tendency for all donations to “settle” amongst one
or two well-known grant-seekers, not necessarily best meeting the pressing
needs on the ground.
To address this problem, FNAW was
launched at an initiating meeting at the annual Women’s Funding Network 2004
conference held in Toronto, Canada, by major donors and policy advocates who
came together to create a network that could be a forum for information-
sharing and collaboration to reach new grantees, seek co-funding opportunities,
and build the institutional capacities of Afghan NGOs. The network includes
funders, grant-makers and advocates who, among other activities, are working to
improve the living standards of Afghans, and especially, to empower Afghan
women and girls through direct support to women’s projects and programmes.
Today FNAW is a thriving network,
meeting every month. Through collaboration, coordination and
information-sharing, ideas are being shared generously and frequently, thereby
improving the reach, capacity and efficiency of each member organization, and
ultimately, better meeting the needs of beneficiaries in Afghanistan.
MAPPING GENDER IN AFGHANISTAN
QUESTIONNAIRE IS ATTACHED
Replies kindly requested by April 30, 2008
Lauryn Oates, Coordinator FNAW – firstname.lastname@example.org
Anjuli Sherin – email@example.com
Gender in Afghanistan project aims tocreate a database of all projects and
programs in Afghanistan concerned with gender and/or improving the status of
women. Our objective is to assist donors and implementing organizations in
Afghanistan and elsewhere to coordinate, reduce duplication and overlap, and to
build on previous work, experience and lessons learned from “doing gender” in
Afghanistan. We aim to give donors the opportunity to identify potential
partners with expertise and experience in aparticular sector, to see where
similar projects have been conducted in thepast, and to network with donors or
partners engaged in common work, among other benefits. The database will be
accessible to any Afghanistan-basednational organization, to member funders of
FNAW, and to any organization that contributed data on their own projects and
programs to the database.
To leave the list, send your request by email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.