How Can Grant Making Better Support Women’s Civil Society?
The e-discussions will be active from 16 October 2017 to 31 October 2017 and everyone from women’s civil society is welcome to participate. The discussions are intended to capture real-world experiences and observations. Therefore, it is not necessary to be a thematic expert to participate. We invite you to contribute to this discussion and solutions exchange by telling us:
- Leaving No One Behind: How can we bring the valuable experiences from women’s civil society around reaching marginalized rights holders into government and inter-governmental spaces?
- Capacity Development: What kinds of support does women’s civil society need most and how can grant making contribute towards this?
- Learning from What Doesn’t Work: What has and hasn’t worked regarding grant making for women’s civil society? What should we do differently?
Moderator: The discussion will be moderated by Katherine Garven from Impact Ready.
Katherine Garven is a program design and implementation consultant who specializes in results based management, monitoring and evaluation, and gender equality and women’s empowerment. She uses innovative communications technologies to help stakeholders express themselves and share their stories through audio, video, and multi-media platforms. She has designed numerous socio-economic development programs for Indigenous communities in Canada and has conducted international evaluations for United Nations organizations and not-for-profit groups. Katherine is currently conducting the Global Evaluation of the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality with Impact Ready LLD.
Topic 1: Leaving No One Behind
In committing to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN member states have recognized that the dignity of the individual is fundamental and that the agenda’s goals and targets should be met for all nations and people and for all segments of society. Furthermore, they have committed to reaching first those who are furthest behind. This discussion group will exchange experiences and perspectives around how women’s civil society can positively influence government policies and actions to better serve marginalized groups. The discussion group will also look into how grant making to women’s civil society can be leveraged to advance the agenda of “leaving no one behind”.
Topic 2: Capacity Development
Women’s civil society plays a key role in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEEW). Strengthening the capacities of women’s civil society directly increases its ability to effectively advocate for women’s rights and advance the GEEW agenda. This discussion group will identify key areas where women’s civil society would benefit from support and capacity development. Through this e-discussion, members of women’s civil society will exchange experiences and perspectives around how donors and grant making can strengthen their work and support them in achieving their goals and objectives.
Topic 3: Learning from What Doesn’t Work
To effectively advance the gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEEW) agenda, actors must constantly re-evaluate approaches and strategies to identify what works best. Some of the most valuable learning often emerges from experiences that did not go as planned or initiatives that did not achieve planned outcomes. This discussion group will exchange experiences and perspectives around lessons learned from initiatives that did not go as planned or that did not achieve desired results and will discuss what could have been done to achieve better outcomes. Through this discussion, participants will help generate knowledge to strengthen future grant making.
When contributing to the discussions, please indicate which question you are refering to by marking A1, A2, or A3 (answer 1, 2, or 3) before your comment.
Empower Women is partnering with the independent evaluation team, Impact Ready, to host this live discussion with the Fund for Gender Equality grantees and Empower Women members and friends.
Everyone is welcome to participate!