Jumuiya Women Fund does not fund development projects but its grantees need to follow an approach consistent with the following principles.

  • The project must be women-centered
  • It should be responsive and participatory
  • It should be sustainable
  • It should be strengths-based
  • There should be an awareness of micro-macro links (in projects as learning sites)
  • They should be long term and flexible

At the heart of the Fund’s programme model is the belief that an evidence base is needed and that this evidence-base must be well documented and widely disseminated if this change is to be systemic.

The Fund is committed to long-term partnerships. Where JWF is not able to be a long-term partner it emphasizes the need for exit plans or sustainability plans beyond JWF’s support.


The JWF is a responsive and flexible donor that provides funding for projects that aim to address the systemic and structural causes of inequality. It takes an organic approach to its grant making, which acknowledges complexity and the dynamism of Kenya’s current situation. JWF believes that the best approach to programme development is to respond to what emerges from the sector.

JWF relies on the guidance of its Board of Trustees, which considers and approves every grant in the context of JWF’s Theory of Change. In practice then, the Fund’s programme is designed around its grant making rather than the reverse.


Jumuiya Women Fund’s overarching strategy is to support women-led civil society in its efforts to make effective contributions to the achievement of social justice. This is a strategic choice based on JWF’s view that this is where its resources can achieve the greatest impact, since this is where it can leverage the greatest influence.

JWF believes that if it supports practices to improve women’s rights, social justice, systemic failures will be identified and alternatives will be identified, women will be educated, they will organize and mobilize to realize their rights and by getting to know and understand their rights better, they will hold those in power to account. This will lead to rights being defended and their realization being accelerated. Collaborative research will also inform good practices in social justice.

At the same time, JWF also seeks to improve and sustain social justice philanthropy by improving its own strategy and advocating for social justice philanthropy.