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The brighter the hot spot, the stronger the collective power. This map explores where a relationship between Global Fund for Women and grantee groups is more likely to yield a higher movement building impact.

Small version of movement-building map showing Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia

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Map created by Nick Rabinowitz.

Completed as part of a pilot project of the Women's Funding Network with the generous support of the Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation.

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Recently, we embarked on a project to utilize new data visualization technologies to explore our movement building impact geographically. We hope to understand the extent to which we have been successful in building strong networks and collective power in pursuit of common goals of women’s rights and social justice.

When you take a closer look, there is a high concentration of activity in conflict and post-conflict regions. The Balkans, parts of the Middle East, Colombia, and the Great Lakes region of Africa, including the eastern half of the Democratic Republic of Congo, all stand out as areas of more intense movement building activity. While relief aid is the traditional philanthropic response to conflict, Global Fund takes a different approach. By strengthening women-led civil society, including movements to protect women’s basic human rights and support women leaders, Global Fund uniquely meets a critical need in conflict regions.

We are learning that there’s a benefit to going beyond direct grant making and investing in developing networks of advisors and grantee groups. After decades of funding these networks, we now see the impact in the form of a robust, feminist movement with diverse populations and perspectives.

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Using data from the past 24 years of our grantmaking, we identified 19 indicators to measure the relationship between Global Fund’s grants, grantees partners and advisors.

Next, we weighted indicators based on the extent to which they were relevant to efforts to build strong networks and collective power in the pursuit of common goals. For example, Global Fund support to a grantee network, or to grantees that bring together a diverse population, is weighed more heavily than the length of time the Global Fund has supported a specific grantee.

Then, we pulled data toward these indicators on over 8,000 grants, 4,000 grantee organizations and 2,500 individuals in our portfolio. Working with a data visualization consultant, the data was adjusted according to the weights given to each indicator, run through an algorithm and plotted geographically.


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