Who we work with

Often described as a “small organisation with large footprints,” GL has strategically developed a programme delivery mechanism based on partnerships, networking and collaboration. The partnerships span from national government, local government, civil society, faith based organisations and media fraternities.

The outreach achieved through the partnerships is evidence of the commitment on the ground by activists, policy makers and drivers of change to ensure that the region achieves gender equality. GL’s work spans across 15 countries but with the post 2015 gender agenda on everyone’s lips, GL is reaching out to global partners to make a mark.

Local government: Through the Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government, GL has built relations with local government line Ministries and associations whilst attracting key allies from civil society.

Media: The work with media houses involves direct MOU’s signed with these organisations. GL also has several MOU’s with media education and development organisations through the Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC). GL is currently chair of GAMAG.

Women’s rights and gender equality networks: The work of the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance (the Alliance) takes place through national focal networks and theme clusters at regional level with whom GL has Memorandum of Understanding or MOU’s.

In 2014 GL had increased formal Memorandum of Understanding to 144. With 85 formal partnerships, the media programme, GL’s first programme, has the largest number of formal partnerships. With 14 partners in each, Madagascar, Zambia and South Africa are the countries with the largest number of formal partnerships. The number of international partnerships increased from eight to nine due to increased advocacy around the post 2015 agenda. Media is now part of a global media alliance, the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) whilst the Alliance is now part of Beyond 2015 and Women’s Major group

Read more in our latest annual report.