Gender

Over the last decade, Africa has made significant in-roads toward achieving gender equality in terms of putting in place normative frameworks, but declarations and the elaboration of legal frameworks, but several challenges remain if parity is to be achieved. Failure to address ongoing inequality between men and women across Africa hampers development on several important fronts: health, education, access to land and modern technologies.

The NEPAD Agency takes a holistic approach to gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment, with a view to integrating these concepts into its programmes and processes. One of its flagship programmes is the NEPAD Spanish Fund for African Women’s Empowerment. The fund is a partnership between the NEPAD Agency and the Spanish Government through the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (AECID) which has a total endowment of Euro 20 million. The NEPAD Spanish Fund has empowered African women with financial resources and technical expertise to unlock their economic potential, fight poverty and create wealth. Its interventions aim to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa.

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The NEPAD Spanish Fund has improved the living conditions for over 500,000 direct beneficiaries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Over the last decade, Africa has made significant in-roads toward achieving gender equality in terms of putting in place normative frameworks, but declarations and the elaboration of legal frameworks, but several challenges remain if parity is to be achieved. Failure to address ongoing inequality between men and women across Africa hampers development on several important fronts: health, education, access to land and modern technologies. 

The NEPAD Agency takes a holistic approach to gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment, with a view to integrating these concepts into its programmes and processes. One of its flagship programmes is the NEPAD Spanish Fund for African Women’s Empowerment. The fund is a partnership between the NEPAD Agency and the Spanish Government through the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (AECID) which has a total endowment of Euro 20 million. The NEPAD Spanish Fund has empowered African women with financial resources and technical expertise to unlock their economic potential, fight poverty and create wealth. Its interventions aim to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa.

Results:

The fund has achieved much since its inception in 2007.

77 projects have been supported in 35 sub-Saharan countries. Twenty-five 500,000 Euro grants have been awarded.

175 cooperatives have been created and provided with technical and financial resources for their members, 90 per cent of whom are women.

Economic empowerment of at least 74,435 women through the creation of jobs via income generation, increased agriculture productivity and access to land and title. Microcredit institutions established in 15 countries. In the Gambia, 10,500 women in very remote areas have gained easier access to microcredit services via mobile banking.

At an institutional level, the capacities of government institutions and civil society organisations including grassroots women’s organisations have been strengthened. This has led to an increased representation and effective participation of women in decision-making processes in political parties, local governments, the private sector and civil society organisations; in sound implementation of their National Plans for eradication and prevention of Gender Based Violence in some of the most affected countries.

Finding job opportunities for young people is a critical challenge for Africa, where 62 per cent of the population—more than 600 million young people—is below the age of 25. With no signs that population growth will slow in the decades to come, it is imperative that Africa needs to leverage the...

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The NEPAD/Spanish Fund for African Women’s Empowerment is a partnership between the NEPAD Agency and the Spanish Government through the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (AECID). It has benefited from a 20 million Euros contribution from the Government of Spain....

08 March 2016
Today, in Africa, too many young women remain outside the reach of what should be their full economic and self-empowerment potential.
Newly elected AU Chairperson and President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe
The 24th Session of the Summit of the African Union concluded in Addis Ababa on Saturday, with closing remarks from the newly elected Chairperson of the African Union, Robert Mugabe who is also the...
NEPAD CEO Dr Ibrahim Mayaki with Spanish Ambassador Juan Sell
NEPAD Agency Chief Executive Officer Dr Ibrahim Mayaki has thanked the Government of Spain for its long standing partnership and support towards the achievement of the African Union/NEPAD goals for...
The work and impact of NEPAD’s Gender Programme came under the spotlight yesterday, with a special event to mark International Women’s Day, commemorated on March 8.
Listening to Alemayehu Teshome speak, it is clear that the NEPAD Spanish Fund continues to make a difference in the lives of ordinary Africans. Mr Teshome is the Founder and Executive Director of...
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