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Women’s Development Leadership Program participants and alumni are eligible to apply for funding to develop and implement real-world leadership projects through the WLI Leadership Fund.

Through the Fund, participants and alumni work together to address real challenges in the Pacific region in health, education, agriculture and food security, and safety and protection.

Project teams apply skills and knowledge learned on Award and collaborate around shared interest and expertise to:

  • scope, design and cost a proposed activity, through to implementation and reporting,  
  • work with local leaders and other actors, including men, in their countries to ensure their activity adds value, and
  • practice thinking and working politically, utilising networks and other WLI leadership tools and concepts. 

Since 2020, 26 Leadership Fund projects have been completed in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Nauru, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands.

Participants and alumni can apply to access the WLI Leadership Fund through the Leaders Hub.

News from the Fund

Evolution Of The WLI Leadership Fund 

The WLI Leadership Fund first launched in 2020 as the WLI Leadership for COVID-19 Response and Recovery initiative, enabling participants and alumni to work together to make a direct positive contribution to the  response in their countries. 

The experiences of WLI alumni who designed and delivered these projects during the pandemic are the focus of a research paper on support for women's developmental leadership.

In 2022, the Fund was re-launched as the WLI Leadership Fund.

The Fund provides small 'project'-style grants and opportunistic funding (ranging from AU$100 - $10,000) to support different types of leadership action in-country.

This may include, but not be limited to:

  • Provision of technical advice or research support on a specific policy or development issue,
  • Discrete funds to convene a meeting between alumni and other stakeholders on key issues,
  • Strategic alumni engagements, events and community service projects (where these are not offered by other program areas), and
  • Establishment of women's professional bodies to grow industry networks and/or undertake advocacy on sectoral issues.

Women's Developmental Leadership Program participants and alumni can apply through the Leaders Hub.

See Fund Projects In Action

Integrated Farming of Fish and Poultry, Fiji

By establishing sustainable fish and poultry farming systems, Aloesi Dakuidreketi, Nanise Tuqiri, Lani Ragusuloto and Laisani Macedru empowered women previously employed in the tourism industry to create both an income and a food source for their family during COVID-19.

School-based Awareness Project, PNG
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Veinanumi Project, Fiji
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COVID-19 Awareness and Support System, PNG
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