Mama Cash was the first international women’s fund in the world. Today, they fund and support women’s rights initiatives around the globe that challenge the root causes of injustice.
2017: Channel made a grant to support Mama Cash’s Leading from the South (LFSF) Fund Accompaniment Initiative. The LFSF was launched in January 2017 by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a 40 million Euro investment over four years and represents the first bilateral partnership with a group of women’s funds each based in the Global South. The LFSF managing partners are: African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), the International Women’s Indigenous Fund (AYNI-FIMI), Fondo de Mujeres del Sur (FMS) and Women’s Fund Asia. Not only does LFSF represent a significant amount of new money for women’s rights movements to be managed by women-led organizations; it is also significant that the Dutch Ministry chose to partner with women’s funds as sole fund managers; and to send funding directly to the Global South instead of through North-based organizations.
To learn more about LFSF, view AWDF’s video about the initiative.
With the LFSF Accompaniment Initiative, Mama Cash and Prospera – International Network of Women’s Funds provides accompaniment to the four LFSF managing funds in the form of capacity support and helps build on the opportunity and the lessons learned to benefit the women’s funds community and women’s funding movement as a whole.