What's on this page?
On this page you will find information on our work in the Gender and Women Empowerment Programme, including achievements and progress so far.
What is the NEPAD Spanish Fund for African Women Empowerment?
The NEPAD Spanish Fund for African Women Empowerment was created in 2007 following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between NEPAD and the government of Spain. The Spanish Fund contributes to the eradication of poverty and the economic empowerment of women through financial and technical assistance to projects that support gender equality and the improvement of women's economic, political and social empowerment.
The programme works towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Africa by 2015 and considers gender equity, equality and women's empowerment as a pre-condition to sustainable growth and development.
Key areas supported by the Spanish Fund include education, health, promotion of economic fabric as well as social and political participation, with a particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa.
The agreement with the Spanish government runs for five years and is worth 50 million euros.
The primary areas of intervention are:
- Women's economic empowerment;
- Strengthening civil society and community-based organisations;
- Strengthening institutions.
What's happening in the programme?
At the third steering committee meeting held in April 2008 a total of 46 projects from 23 sub-Saharan countries were approved for funding. These organisation focus on women's empowerment issues including occupational skills, the development of income generating schemes, assisting women to be food secure, research and knowledge development, access to financing schemes, eradicating gender-based violence, access to HIV prevention, promoting girls' education, enhancing leadership skills, welfare assistance, ICT skills and environmental issues. To date 25 projects have ended, eighteen are ongoing, one is stopped and two have pending issues.
- The BIAWE Initiative
The NEPAD Spanish Fund is in the process of financing a pilot project, a business incubator for African women entrepreneurs (BIAWE) programme in East and Southern Africa (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa - COMESA) and West Africa (Economic Community Of West African States - ECOWAS).
- Global and regional participation
Representatives of the programme have played a significant role in highlighting women's issues at both regional and global conferences and forums, including:
What progress has been made so far?
Through funded projects, as detailed above, significant progress towards the programme's objectives has been achieved, including:
Increased number of women and girls with capacity to use ICTs. Digital Gap: 70 young girls trained in ICT skills in Niger and three rural women groups in Uganda.
Increase women's participation in natural resources management: 5,000 women mobilised in Rwanda to participate in re-forestation efforts in protected areas around Volcanoes National Park to plant 773,650 trees.
Who is leading the programme?
The NEPAD Spanish Fund is a component of the NPCA Gender programme. It is supervised by the head of the gender programme and administrated by the technical management team
The NEPAD/Spanish Fund Technical Management Team is led by:
Mrs. Ndeye Rosalie Lo
Tel: +27 (0)11 256 3658