Empower Women Advocates in Africa

by Gender Action


Gender Action is working with the National Association for Women's Action in Development (NAWAD), to train Ugandan civil society organizations in international financial institution (IFI) gender analysis and advocacy. The World Bank (WB) and African Development Bank (AfDB) are the largest publicly-funded donors to low-income countries. The banks' current health-related investments in Uganda ignore critical gender issues and have the potential to harm the health and livelihoods of women and girls

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Despite commitments to promote gender equality and women's empowerment, WB and AfDB investments have a disproportionately negative impact on women and girls, and undermine women and girls' human rights. WB/AfDB projects exacerbate poverty and gender inequality by failing to engage women and girls in project design and implementation, ignoring barriers to accessing reproductive health and HIV services and investing in unsustainable health system interventions that are inaccessible to to the poor.


This project will empower NAWAD to develop and execute effective advocacy and community awareness campaigns on WB/AfDB investments in Uganda, and train fellow community-based leaders in gender analysis and advocacy.

Long-Term Impact

This project will enable NAWAD to raise community awareness and establish a civil society network to hold the WB and AfDB accountable for investments that harm the health and livelihood of women and girls in Uganda, and to advocate for investments that promote women's rights, health and empowerment.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Gender Action

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.genderaction.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @genderaction
Gender Action
Claire Lauterbach
Project Leader:
Claire Lauterbach
Programs Associate
Washington, DC United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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