Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women

Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) is a fund that has been set up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands to improve the position of women and girls in developing countries. Despite global agreements on the rights, opportunities and safety of women and girls, limited progress has been made in this area and gender inequality is still widespread. This is undesirable, both from a humanitarian point of view and from the point of view of stability and economic health.

Demand for funding continues to exist. A new boost was needed to take forward efforts to combat the inequality faced by women and girls. It has therefore been a logical step to build on existing policies by creating FLOW, with a budget of € 80.5 million for the period between 2012 and 2015. FLOW finances 34 projects focusing on security, economic self-reliance and political participation in more than 100 countries.

On this website you will find information about FLOW and the projects that are financed by FLOW. Also the grantees can find information with regard to the implementation of their project.


International Women’s Day 2016 at FLOW

In celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day, we asked all the grantees to share selfies of the project teams on Twitter to show the faces behind the FLOW projects. In addition, as this was the last International Women’s Day celebrated together in the context of FLOW I, this provided a wonderful opportunity to instigate widespread appreciation for the efforts conducted by the teams. We would like to thank the grantees very much for sending in the great pictures. As promised, we have created a collage of all the pictures that were posted. Read more

FLOW 2016-2020 selected programmes

It is with great pleasure that we can announce the nine selected programmes that will be funded by FLOW 2016-2020 (Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women). The selected proposals aim to create opportunities for women and girls and foster a transformation towards an enabling environment in which women’s rights are better protected. At both local and national levels the programs will contribute to sustainable, inclusive development and to fight against poverty and the lack of equal rights for women and girls. Read more

MDG3 Fund evaluation published

Recently the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published the evaluation of the MDG3 Fund, which was the predecessor of FLOW. The evaluation was conducted by the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB) of the Dutch Government. Read more

Dutch development aid policy results 2014

Each year the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs publishes the results that have been reached the Dutch development aid policy. Last week the report over 2014 has been published. Women’s Rights and Gender Equality are an important thematic pillar within this policy. This pillar is reflected naturally in FLOW but also some other Dutch programmes like Women on the Frontline and the Human Right Fund. Read more

New: Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW 2016-2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands aims to improve the position of women and girls in the world. Hence, another round of funding has now been made available: Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW). Read more

FLOW additional funding report

With pride we present to you the summary of the FLOW additional funding report in English. The report captures the results achieved by the 28 projects operating under FLOW, that received additional funding. The results are discussed per theme and the report includes the three complementary themes as well, that were added just for the additional funding. In the report, you will also find the impact of the additional funding as measured by the FLOW Team with the Common Indicator tool, which was especially designed for FLOW. This information is accompanied by exemplary anecdotes that were reported by the FLOW organisations to whom we are much obliged for their continuous and detailed reporting. Read more

Photo contest - International Women's Day 2015

We are proud to announce the winner of the IWD 2015 FLOW phoro contest: Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres! Read more

Summary 2014 FLOW Annual Report

We hereby proudly present our English summary of the 2014 FLOW annual report. This summary provides you with a short overview of the results the FLOW projects have achieved in 2014 and overview of the monitoring activities the FLOW team has carried out throughout that year. Read more

FLOW brochure launched!

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared a brochure on the FLOW programme. This gives some insight in the priorities of FLOW and shows pictures that are derived from actual FLOW projects. The brochure is meant for external communication and will be shared by the Ministry on several occasions. Read more

International Women’s Day 2014 and FLOW

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014, FLOW grantees organize all sorts of activities. A small contest was organized to select the most creative and innovative activities. The absolute winner is the #BoardtheBusproject of Breakthrough; they will be mentioned on the facebook of Minister Ploumen. Five other projects have also been selected by the FLOW team and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as winners, and will receive extra attention on various forms of social media. Below you will find more information on all 18 initiatives that were submitted and who all deserve an honourable mention on this website. Read more

FLOW and the 16 days of Activism

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation, Mrs. Lilianne Ploumen actively supports the 16 days of Activism campaign on social media and thereby supports many FLOW grantees. Read more

Additional FLOW budget of € 5 million awarded for a further investment in women's rights

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the additional budget of € 5 million for Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) has been awarded to 28 grantees. Read more

Intensification of the FLOW Programme

Advancing women’s rights worldwide has been a long lasting priority of the Dutch foreign policy, and will continue to be a priority of the Dutch government. It gives us great pleasure to announce that for the period between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014, the Minister has decided to intensify the FLOW programme. An additional amount of € 5 million is made available to the FLOW grantees to increase the impact of their projects. Read more

International Women’s Day 2013 at FLOW

On 8 March International Women’s day is celebrated all over the world, naturally this day will not pass unnoticed at the FLOW office either. Read more

Women Moving Mountains – 20-22 November, The Hague

In November 2012 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands organised the Women Moving Mountains conference. All grantees from the MDG3 Fund and FLOW, about 60 participants from all over the world, gathered in the Hague to discuss funding for women’s rights. Read more

PwC and Femconsult responsible for the management of FLOW – 23 October 2012

It is with great pleasure that PwC and Femconsult have taken up the responsibility for the management of FLOW. We are looking forward to a warm and fruitful working relationship with all grantees. For more information on the responsibilities of PwC please read the mandate of PwC. Read more

FLOW: Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women