This report focuses on AWDF, an Africa-wide fundraising and grant-making initiative for African women. It is the first attempt at an Africa-wide philanthropic institution promoting social change through the funding of autonomous women's organizations. These funds are awarded as grants to women's organizations undertaking innovative and creative development initiatives, as well as to strengthen their capacity to extend resources and support to disadvantaged women on a sustainable basis. AWDF funds and provides technical assistance to organizations which champion the economic empowerment of women. In addition, grants are awarded in the areas of women's human rights, political participation, peace building and health reproductive rights and HIV/AIDS.