Supporting civil society action and movements to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)

Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria, Gambia, Mali, Sierra Leone, CĂ´te d'Ivoire, Liberia
3 years
End date

This project, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs aims to support civil society action and movements contributing to ending FGM/C. The project builds on MannionDaniels’ current relationships with local AmplifyChange organisations who advocate to end FGM/C at both community and national levels.

This project is centred around the following objectives:

  • Strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of grassroots and civil society organisations working on FGM/C
  • Create stronger and more inclusive movements to eradicate FGM/C
  • Contribute to the global knowledge base of FGM/C
  • Transform social norms surrounding knowledge, attitudes, and practices of FGM/C
  • Ultimately contribute to reductions in FGM/C prevalence.

In order to achieve these outcomes, the project:

  • Provides grants to FGM/C focused organisations and networks to enable local action
  • Offers tailor-built capacity building and grantee convenings to strengthen organisations and movements
  • Supports groups and the overall movement to implement sustainable strategies to ensure impact lasts beyond the project implementation period.

We have set-up 20 grants to directly finance Southern-based organisations. We have worked flexibility with these groups on the level of funding and technical assistance they need, and especially adapted in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic which has increased economic and social pressures on communities and CSOs.

Who else is involved

In addition to grant-making, we work with The Orchid Project, and the Global Fund for Women, to build the organisational effectiveness and ensure sustained impact of our grantees.

We have established a demand-led approach to capacity building that responds to case-by-case needs of grantees. FGM/C grantees have identified five capacity development priorities that create the framework for proposed activities:

  1. Partnership opportunities
  2. Successful strategies to end FGM/C
  3. Movement building
  4. Organisational development
  5. Evidence on FGM/C.

Download the full project poster, an individual case study from one of our grantees, and watch this animation video outlining what the project is trying to achieve and why.