Can a new wave of feminist funding change the way development is done?

A scene from the 2019 Women Deliver conference in Vancouver. Photo by: Women Deliver

VANCOUVER — Nearly $600 million was committed to women and girls last week in three new announcements at the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver. The money — mobilized from government, philanthropy, and private sector — will be a powerful force for women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health, but it’s just the beginning of a growing wave of feminist funding that experts and advocates hope can help transform the way development is financed.

Launched last Monday with a 300 million Canadian dollar ($226.3 million) commitment from the government of Canada and C$100 million from philanthropic donors, the Equality Fund will combine international feminist grant-making with an investment arm to back on-the-ground initiatives in middle- and low-income countries, such as countering violence against women and enhancing women’s economic security and leadership.

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.