The idea of creating a grantmaking and institutional support mechanism for Francophone women’s rights organizations was born in Bangkok (Thailand) on 28 October 2005 at the donors’ meeting where AWID action-research report on « Where is money for women’s rights? » was presented during AWID 10th Forum on « How does Change happen ? » The first part of the idea was materialized in 2006 with the creation of ROFAF (Network of Francophone Africa Women’s Organizations) thanks to an AWID Seed Grant for innovative ideas born at the Forum; but the second part related to the creation of a francophone women’s fund has been incubated at ROFAF in the form of a grant program. However after seven years of implementation this program has shown many limitations related to its ability to mobilize significant resources to reallocate, coordinate the entire grant-making process and monitor subgranted projects.
Because of this, in 2015 the author of both ideas decided to take back her original idea and create an autonomous Francophone women’s fund to meet the funding challenges faced by Francophone women’s rights activists and organizations. Thus was born XOESE, the Francophone Women’s Fund. XOESE [hᴐԑse] is a word that means « Believe in it » in Mina and Ewe – two African languages spoken in Togo, Benin, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.
XOESE is a feminist foundation of public utility created on September 1st 2015 and based in Lomé in Togo.