Photo acknowledgement: Heidi Augestad
WoMin was launched in October 2013, and has been hosted by the International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa (IANRA) to date. The WoMin Alliance Trust was registered in July 2015 (registration no: Trust IT 2061/2015 (G)). From January 2016, WoMin will be in a position to sign its own funding agreements and independently administer its own finances.
Since October 2013, WoMin has received strategic direction from an oversight group of 11 women from 11 organisations across nine countries.
With the registration of the Trust, WoMin is now accountable to a seven-member Board of Trustees, which in turn is elected by and accountable to a WoMin Oversight Forum which meets every two years. This Forum is made up of all of WoMin’s allies spread across 14 countries. Each country will have a minimum of one place in the Forum meeting; the organisation nominated to represent WoMin’s allies at country level will carry a mandate to the Forum and will in turn report back to national allies following the Forum meeting.
Since April 2015, WoMin has a portfolio of three full-time staff and three regular consultants and advisors. WoMin also contracts consultants on an ad hoc basis to undertake specific tasks related to our content work. Much of our work regionally is undertaken in partnership with allies, and through WoMin’s working groups. In 2016, WoMin plans to expand its full-time staff by two: a campaigns coordinator for the regional campaign on energy, food and climate justice; and a coordinator to lead the regional work on extractivism, militarisation and violence against women. We aim to recruit staff outside of South Africa and housed in close allies, ideally in West and East Africa. One of the recruits must be a Portuguese speaker, complementing our research lead, who speaks fluent French, and helping WoMin achieve its goal of being a truly African multilingual alliance.