Great Lakes region

In the DRC, the work of FAS, Women as Partners for Peace in Africa (WOPPA) and other NGOs led to the creation of a network of women's groups, or the CAUCUS, at the Inter-Congolese Dialogue in Sun City in 2002. The CAUCUS has become an important forum for discussing strategies for women's networks and has since been formalized as an NGO.

Follow-up work by FAS and UNIFEM in 2004, with the support of various UN agencies, the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) and the Ford Foundation, helped Congolese women focus on the upcoming elections by creating a national platform called the Cadre Permanent de Concertation des Femmes Congolaises (CAFECO), whose work focuses on women's political rights. CAFECO brought together representatives from 11 provinces, whilst a national bureau and provincial branches were also created.

Delegates from the different provinces of the DRC at the setting up of CAFECO in Kinshasa, DRC, January 2006

When conflict broke out in Burundi in 1993, a number of women's associations representing women from different ethnic groups created the umbrella organization, the Collective of Burundian Women's Associations and NGOs (CAFOB). Since then, FAS has worked to strengthen the organization so that it can work more effectively to promote women's rights in the country.


Mano River region

MARWOPNETt's platform was created at its General Assembly in Monrovia, Liberia, in 2004, during which its bureau was elected and its constitution adopted. MARWOPNET opened its own secretariat, three national chapters and branches at the grassroots level. This enabled it to begin implementing its Plan of Action and expand its work into local communities.