Welcome to the Joint Gender Fund Website

The Joint Gender Fund was established in 2008 by a group of concerned and committed donors who spent many hours over a two and a half year period discussing, debating, deliberating and eventually formulating a joint response to the unacceptably high rates of gender-based violence in South Africa.

The driving forces behind the establishment of the fund formed a Joint Steering Committee made up of the Ford Foundation, HIVOS and Irish Aid representatives. The Fund is being hosted and managed from the Johannesburg offices of HIVOS.


Our Role and Purpose

The Joint Gender Fund (JGF) supports integrated, comprehensive and transformative civil society interventions to address gender-based (GBV) in South Africa. Our vision is a strengthened sector that is more able to respond to GBV in the context of socio-economic inequality in ways that transform gender relations, address key intersections, and empower women and girls in particular.

JGF is a collaborative funding mechanism consisting of Irish Aid, Ford Foundation and Hivos (as primary contributors), and working in partnership with DG Murray Trust, DFATD and USAID. It was established in 2008 and emerged from a commitment to enhance the impact of funding in the field of GBV in South Africa. The Fund works to build cohesion and strengthen the sector’s response to GBV through funding and capacity enhancement support.

JGF has disbursed over R40 million in grants over seven years. We have partners across seven provinces, implementing a diverse array of programmes to respond to GBV and address the root causes of the problem.

Our Donors