Watering the Leaves, Starving the Roots

This report provides the latest analysis on the funding trends impacting women’s rights organizing and the financial status of women’s organizations around the world.

Trends in Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

Key trends in funding for gender equality and for civil society organizations from bilateral and multilateral agencies.


New Actors, New Money, New Conversations

This report contributes to filling a gap in understanding the current landscape of the corporate sector and other actors that are new to supporting women and girls, and the role they are playing in shaping related funding discourse and practice.

Financial Sustainability for Women's Movement's Worldwide

This report offers insights and strategies for achieving a significant increase in access to funding for women's rights work, and also to improve the effectiveness of women's organizations to raise more funds and utilize them to build stronger movements and progress gender equality globally.

Funding to fight HIV/AIDS through the promotion of women's rights: A case study from South Africa

This report presents the results from the AWID 2008 global survey of donors and women’s rights activists in relation to the funding sources, the conditionalities, and amounts given to women’s organisations to address HIV and AIDS.

Feminists, it’s time to decide where public resources go

What if we had trillions of public dollars for all people and communities hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis? Our policy brief and workshop facilitation guide can turn these "what if we had these resources" into "what we can use these resources for".

Autonomous resourcing: the engine room of feminist work amid a global pandemic

Feminists have mobilized on a massive scale to generate our own autonomous resources for daily acts of solidarity and survival and to respond politically, collectively, and powerfully to this moment. Many of these actions are coming from within communities and movements in some of the hardest hit and less privileged places, and especially amongst Black, LBTQI+, disability, migrant, land & labour movements. Some of the responses are localised, while others are global.


What does resourcing for social movements look like when the entire ecosystem is under threat?

In just weeks, the spread of COVID-19 has drastically changed the landscape of our lives. Long-standing deficiencies in systems of care, We can’t predict what the short or long-term effects will be. However, funders can - and should - take stop-gap measures to support organizing now.

Funding and Resource Mobilization for Young Women’s Rights Activism

Until recently, there was little understanding of the specific impact of human rights violations on young women or recognition of the critical role young women play in realizing women’s rights and tackling global challenges.  Today, because of concerted advocacy by youth activists, the situation is very different. Governments, multilateral institutions, private sector initiatives and civil society are increasingly adding a focus on young women to development programs, and channeling resources toward addressing the specific challenges and obstacles faced by young women.

Only 1% of gender equality funding is going to women’s organisations – why?

There’s been a $1bn boost in support in the last two years, but only tiny pots of money are trickling down to feminist groups.