CSO Nairobi Declaration on the Nairobi HLM2

We, the Participants at the Pan African CSO conference on  “CSO Preparatory meeting towards the second high level meeting  for Nairobi under the theme of ‘Fast tracking SDGs Implementation through Effective Development Co-operation’ held in Nairobi, Kenya on 24th – 25th October 2016, have come together as African Civil Society Organizations, including women’s organizations, labour unions, faith based groups, and networks, in the spirit of solidarity and partnership and as key actors in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation  from 35 African countries with over 500 million citizens of Africa to consolidate our position in our preparation to the second High Level Meeting .

Reaffirming that if the citizens of Africa are to see transformational and sustainable change in their quality of life in the Sustainable Development Goals context, the means of implementation and particularly the global partnership for effective development goals (GPEDC) must place gender equality, youth and women’s empowerment, as well as children at the centre of its focus in effective development co-operation.

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Vacancy Announcement: Head of Advocacy Programme @ FEMNET

Vacancy Announcement

Position: Head of Advocacy Programme

Deadline: Wednesday November 23, 2016


FEMNET, a pan-African women’s rights Organization, is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the position of Head of Advocacy Programme. This position provides an opportunity to manage and support exciting advocacy initiatives and campaigns on women’s human rights in a stimulating, multicultural and dynamic environment. The position is based in FEMNET Secretariat in Nairobi and involves travel across Africa and other parts of the world.

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To Apply:

Remuneration will be in line with the set procedures of the organizations and the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Interested candidates are requested to submit a Curriculum Vitae with 3 references, salary expectations with a 1 page motivational letter explaining why you are a good candidate for the position by email to: Please use “Head of Advocacy” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday November 23, 2016 by COB.


Add your voice to the #FightInequality Shared Vision and collectively build a global people powered movement

A massive global struggle is growing to fight inequality – We’re helping shape it and you can too

With inequality reaching levels not seen for a century there is a need for urgent action, but there is already cause for optimism. Around the world, extraordinary people are fighting inequality – from women garment workers in Bangladeshi factories fighting for the living wage; to youth activists in Zambia fighting for mining companies to pay their fair share of tax that funds public schools and health clinics; to indigenous communities fighting to prevent fossil fuel companies destroying their land.

A Fight Inequality Alliance is growing to stand in solidarity with their struggles. It’s building a Shared Vision that will articulate how we can bring struggles together and go further to counter the excessive concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a small elite and achieve a just, equal and sustainable world.

We’re excited. We believe such an alliance to fight inequality is aligned to our goals, and has the potential to be a significant force for change to help us reach them.

Through Advancing Accountability : Reducing Gender Inequalities initiative, FEMNET aims to help combat levels of inequality in Africa’s economies and encourage African governments to adopt and apply policies that ensure resource distribution benefits poor women and men by working in collegial with other organizations within the fight Inequality Alliance. This is timely, as there is increased political attention – especially in Africa – for solutions to Tax evasion & avoidance, the growth potential offered by Extractives, and the risks of Inequality.

We need your help to build a Shared Vision of what we need to do to fight inequality together. Transformational and locally relevant solutions are needed. Get involved and tell us what you think needs to be done! Your unique perspective is vital.

Have your say on the Fight Inequality vision from 18th Oct

This inequality explosion is one of the biggest crises of our generation, threatening human progress.  We can only turn this around if we come together and take action. We bear witness to a growing gap between the richest and the rest of society reach extremes not seen in a century. We bear witness to the devastating impacts of an unjust economic system in the lives of people around the world, and on the climate. The economic, ecological and human rights crises we face are intertwined, reinforcing and exist at both national and international levels.

National alliances to fight inequality are growing

Like-minded national civil society organizations, activists and social movements are debating what inequality means to them locally, and how people power can shift it.

To read about why we believe the national alliances are so important, what’s happened so far, what’s coming next, or to contact a national volunteer focal point in your country to join or help plan a national discussion, follow this link.

If you’d like to become a national volunteer focal point, email with your name, role, organizational name (where relevant), country and city.

Join in the Global Week of Action to Fight Inequality

A Global Week of Action to Fight Inequality will be held around 14 – 21 January 2017, around the time of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. It will use the heightened media focus around that time to be visible and vocal in our fight against inequality, to show that we’re growing and credible with a progressive, realistic and exciting vision to counter the solutions of the powerful 1%. Planning will get heavily underway as the Shared Vision takes shape. For now please put it in your diaries and workplans, alert the people that lead your communications, and look out for upcoming further information.

The next six months from Oct 2016 to March 2017 will be a critical phase.

The vision conversation is now live and will run until 14 November 2016.  Please share it with your colleagues and allies so we can make it even better.

Have your say on the Fight Inequality vision from 18th Oct


Women’s Agency, Voice & Participation: Influencing Accountability to Women’s Human Rights

2015 was a critical period for women’s human rights advancement – affirming the continuous need for bold leadership by women’s rights organizations like FEMNET in mobilizing and coordinating women’s rights organizations and activists. In this annual report, we share with you strategic and impactful ways we continued to mobilize and ensure that African women and girls remained informed and engaged in sustained advocacy actions, influencing key policy decisions to ensure the women’s human rights agenda is at the centre of development outcome documents from the national, regional and global arena.

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Press Release: African Feminists at AWID Forum Call for Sustainable Resourcing

For immediate release:

Salvador, Brazil, 9 September: African feminists have called on donors to “put their money where their mouth is” by funding indigenous African women’s rights organisations threatened with closure as funding priorities shift.

While pledging to “get out of the box” and look into new sources of funding, including African philanthropy, a vibrant panel at the 13th AWID Forum organised by FEMNET noted that Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) “is not a favour” and remains the mainstay of many organisations.

“When you look at the financial outflows from Africa and existing global inequalities, we have a right to demand ODA,” said FEMNET Executive Director Dinah Musindarwezo. “It is ironic that we are being starved of resources at the very moment when we should step up our efforts to deliver on the Post-2015 Agenda.”

She noted that the stresses of funding reflect in credible organisations shrinking or closing; high staff turn-over; burn out and unhealthy competition among Women’s Rights Organisations (WRO) threatening movement building. “It is sad that mid- tier WRO are operating under severe financial constraints, and yet it is these women’s organisations that brought us where we are today,” said Ndana Tawamba, Executive Director of the Urgent Action Fund Africa.

“There is even less money for young women-led organisations, and WRO in West Africa threatened by fundamentalism,” added Diakhoumba Gassama, from Senegal.

The panel on “African Women and Money: Opportunities and Threats” observed that mid- size women’s rights organisations are falling between the cracks – too small to bid for the large global funds earmarked for International NGOs (INGOs) and too big for the small grants that these northern organisations administer in the global south.

“We need to guard against neo-colonial tendencies and demand that WRO in the global south be recognised and resourced,” said GL CEO Colleen Lowe Morna. “Failure to do so will result in the women’s rights agenda being perceived as imposed from the north and it will be resisted,” she warned.

Other threats identified include short term project funding; lack of institutional support; closing space for civil society in many countries; and the dropping of middle income countries from ODA support even though they still have huge income and gender gaps. “Women’s lives are not projects,” asserted Sally Dura of the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe. “We cannot expect to be sustainable when we hop, skip and jump around for funding.”

The panel welcomed the recent move by the Dutch parliament to allocate Euro 40 million over four years to be channelled through four Women’s Rights Funds for WRO in the global South as a “step in the right direction.”

Head of Civil Society in the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs To Tjoelker announced at the session that the lions share (approximately Euro 24 million) would be channelled through the Accra-based African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), with 10% earmarked for community organisations; 30% for upcoming organisations with budgets of around Euro 200,000 per annum and 50% for regional networks. The focus would be on advocacy, institution and movement building rather than service delivery.

The fund follows an outcry and global advocacy led by the Women’s Major Group at the outcome of the second Funding for Leadership Opportunities (FLOW) Fund, which went to nine INGO-led groups.  Unlike the first round, that covered 35, mostly southern-based WRO, the rules favoured INGOs in the second round.

The FEMNET session at AWID commended the Dutch parliament for its “listening ear” and praised the solidarity shown by Dutch feminist organisations that lobbied for remedial action. “We need to see many more dedicated funds of this kind,” said FEMNET chairperson and Malawian gender activist Emma Kaliya. “We should never under estimate our power or right to influence the donor agenda.”

“Such funds should go directly to the grassroots, without being mediated by northern NGOs,” added Jennifer Gatsi of the Namibian Women’s Health Network.

Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA) women’s rights head Alice Kanengoni-Kwaramba cautioned that with refugee and migration crises showing little evidence of abating, funding will remain in short supply. She said women’s rights organisations need to become adept at linking their struggles to the burning issues of the day such as climate change.

Deputy Director of the Open Society Initiative of East Africa (OSIEA) women’s rights Sarah Mukasa warned that “donors will always have their agendas” and African WRO should not get caught in the trap of dependency. ”What about influencing our own African philanthropists, to focus on social impact and feminist agendas?” she asked.

Other participants called on feminist organisations to re-engineer themselves. FOWODE director Patricia Munabi gave the example of the radio station her organisation had started in Uganda that is both generating an income and educating the public on women’s rights.

“There is need for feminists to influence how good money goes to fund good work,” added Musimbi Kanyoro CEO of the Global Fund for Women. “We must start telling our story and capture the good results from our work,” she said.

Despite the shrinking funds for women’s rights organizations, it is essential to observe ethical standards, Diakhoumba added. “Can we just accept money from everywhere because of the funding crisis? There is a need to radically reinvent our relationship to donors and learn to be equal partners.”

According to the facilitator of the session, Kenyan feminist, Researcher and Keynote Speaker at the AWID forum Awino Okech, “donors fund people, but they also fund ideas. How often do we as feminists create time to think about feminist labour and work?”




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