ALF Centre for Gender Equality and Research
The ALF Centre for Gender Equality and Research (ACGEQR) coordinates and advances all gender-related activities and interventions of the Africa Leadership Foundation.
The Centre serves as a “centre of excellence” for the emancipation and integration of women into Africa’s Development. The ACGEQR’s main objectives are to;
- Promote and advocate the rights of African women through the effective development of programmatic interventions;
- Collaborate with inter-governmental organizations and development agencies for the economic, social and political empowerment of women in Africa;
- Conduct research on the outcome and impact of gender-related interventions in Africa.
The four (4) focus areas of ACGEQR
In other to provide strategically planned and executed research that takes into account women and gender issues which will in turn lead to more effective and sustainable development policies and programmes. ACGEQ continually conducts various research at both local and continent level on how to advance women’s rights in all sectors including but not limited to; health, leadership and political participation, and economic empowerment.
Current / Recent Project Activities
- Research on Social Investment Priority of Africans in the Context of COVID-19 and Unpaid Care and Domestic Work (UCDW) (2021)
ALF in partnership with OXFAM Pan African Program (OI-PAP) conducted a study in Fifteen (15) African Countries to identify social investment priority areas that can form basis for future advocacy with the African Union Regional Economic Communities (AU RECs) and other stakeholders in terms of recognition and reduction of heavy Unpaid Care and Domestic Work (UCDW) within the African Economy.
- Development And Creation Of The Maputo Protocol Scorecard And Index (MPSI)
The ALF working in collaboration with Plan International and the African Union Commission – Women, Gender and Youth Directorate (AUC-WGYD) developed a monitoring and evaluation tool for the Additional Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) called the Maputo Protocol Scorecard and Index (MPSI).
The MPSI is a useful tool that enables Member States to measure their progress in the implementation of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) Agenda. It also provides advocacy opportunity and feedback channels that give room for improvement in the implementation of the Protocol.
- Solemn Declaration of Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA) Report
The ALF contributed immensely to the drafting and advocacy document on gender equality in Africa which culminated in the creation of the Solemn Declaration of Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA) adopted by the Head of States and Government of the African Union in 2004. In 2014 the ALF developed the Solemn Declaration Index (SDI) Framework which is a tool used in measuring countries’ adherence and compliance to gender equality statutes among African countries. This framework is used in generating the SDGEA report.
ALF in partnership with the Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Network has consistently produced performance analysis report of AU member States in their implementation of SDGEA. This report usually covers MS 3 years SDGEA implementation activities.
Past Project Activities
- ALF and the Empowering Women in Agriculture Project (2018-2019):
ALF in liaison with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD conducted a baseline study on Women in Agriculture in Nigeria. ALF was also called upon by EWA to complete a survey on the involvement of women in the agricultural value chain in Nigeria, in preparation for the EWA breakfast meeting scheduled for Saturday, February 9th, 2019, at the margins of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.
- Study Tour of Public Health Facilities of Maternal Health Services Programme (2010)
ALF in collaboration with the Development Research and Projects Centre (DRPC), organised a study tour and knowledge sharing platform for 20 health administrators from 7 Northern States of Nigeria. The tour was to expose participants to best practice, effective models and policies as well as success stories of how states and some LGAs are able to implement sustainable maternal health programs which incorporate family planning servicesD