Empower Women Advocates in Africa

by Gender Action

Dear friends and supporters,

Thank you for supporting Uganda’s National Association for Women’s Action in Development (NAWAD) through Gender Action’s Global Giving appeal. We’re proud to report that with your support, Gender Action and NAWAD have launched ‘Banking on Health’ – a comprehensive report on World Bank and African Development Bank investments in reproductive health and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. From Japan to Uganda, Gender Action and NAWAD have been busy conducting hard-hitting advocacy to protect the women’s rights to good health. 

On October 10, 2012, Gender Action together with NAWAD and our  Cameroonian partner LUKMEF released the comprehensive advocacy report and database, ‘Banking on Health: World Bank and African Development Bank Spending on Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa’ at the World Bank (WB)/IMF Fall Annual Meetings in Tokyo. The report analyzes World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB) investments across sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting how good quality matters as much as high quantity in reproductive health and HIV/AIDS spending.

On November 14, 2012, NAWAD staff went on local radio to present program on the obstacles to good reproductive health and HIV/AIDS care in Uganda highlighted in ‘Banking on Health’. On November 15, 2012, NAWAD conducted a workshop with 50 participants including healthcare practitioners, patients and local government officials. NAWAD presented the ‘Banking on Health’ report and provided participants with copies. In small groups, participants identified additional challenges to those highlighted in ‘Banking on Health’ that prevent women from accessing care, including women’s frequent lack of pregnancy clothes, sexual coercion by male partners, and women’s discomfort with birthing practices at health centers. Check out our new photos under the photos tab from the November 15 advocacy day!

NAWAD’s advocacy with its Ugandan partners has paved the way to hold their government and IFIs accountable for their investments – for that, we have you to thank! We are drawing our GlobalGiving project to a close but welcome you to support NAWAD directly by emailing: nawadorg@gmail.com

Stay tuned to Gender Action (www.genderaction.org) to support Gender Action directly, and learn more about our ongoing reproductive health and HIV/AIDS advocacy and the other ways you can support women across the world to promote gender justice in all International Financial Institution investments.


Dear friends and supporters,

With the money you’ve raised, we’ve been able to research the effects of international financial institution investments in sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS care with our partners at NAWAD. Our research has shown how obstacles to accessing reproductive health care and HIV/AIDS testing and treatment remain insurmountable for a large number of Ugandan women. We also been able to train NAWAD and share with them the tools they’ll need to train other groups to monitor healthcare investments and keep up the advocacy effort for more and better reproductive health and HIV/AIDS spending.

In October, Gender Action staff will travel to Japan for the Annual Meeting of the World Bank to present our final report and push for better and more funds for more and better spending on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Our partners at NAWAD are planning a day-long workshop and event in western Uganda, including a radio broadcast, and together with other Ugandan activists will meet with Ugandan government officials to conduct further advocacy.

We will soon draw our GlobalGiving project to a close after these October events and use the remainder of your contributions to support NAWAD’s work. Stay tuned to this site in October 2012 for our final report on our advocacy at the World Bank and NAWAD’s activities in Uganda.

Did you know that in 2011 the World Bank spent less than 1% of its total budget on reproductive and sexual health and HIV/AIDS programs in Sub-Saharan Africa? And that the African Development Bank spent just over 1.5% of its total budget on reproductive and sexual health and HIV/AIDS in 2011?

These are just two of the findings of research by Gender Action, NAWAD, and other partners on reproductive and sexual health and HIV/AIDS spending in sub-Saharan Africa. Through Global Giving, you have raised almost $5,000 to empower NAWAD to train civil society groups to hold the World Bank and African Development Bank accountable for their investments. How do you think the money should be spent? Contact us at info@genderaction.org

Our partners at NAWAD are diligently analyzing the data collected from their field visits in Uganda to best inform our awareness raising activities in 2012. This spring we will prepare information and awareness campaigns on user fees, and NAWAD will hold gender analysis workshops for other Ugandan civil society organizations. We hope to be very busy this summer as NAWAD goes back out to the Mbarara and Kiruhura districts to talk about user fees and World Bank operations!

Our partnership with NAWAD is also informing our new network of Gender IFI Watchers which will be launched this April at the 2012 Association for Women in International Development Forum in Istanbul.

This August, our partners at NAWAD interviewed providers and their patients at hospitals and health centers in Mbarara and Kiruhura districts on World Bank promoted user fees that reduce poor women’s access to RH and HIV/AIDS services. As we finish up Phase One of our project, NAWAD is analyzing the data procured from the interviews to inform our Phase Two activities: holding information and awareness campaigns on user fees, as well as gender analysis workshops for other Ugandan civil society organizations.

Your continued financial support for this project will enable NAWAD and Gender Action to train additional Ugandan civil society organizations in IFI gender analysis and advocacy.



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Gender Action

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

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