Grant research and writing

Collaboration leads

This Network collaboration is between Alice Magaka, Executive Director of The Pink Box Initiative, and Lizza Marie Kawooya, Founder of Dwona Initiative.

QCT thematic area

Alice and Lizza’s collaborative work covers the areas of Health and Education & Employability.

Operational countries

Alice’s work focuses on communities in Tanzania, while Lizza works within Uganda.

Sustainable Development Goals covered

Goal 1: No poverty

Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing

Goal 4: Quality education

Goal 5: Gender equality

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Project description

Alice and Lizza have been collaborating on grant research and writing. Their work together was sparked by the Network’s Collaborative Connections Programme. This made them aware of each other’s initiatives, and they started to look for opportunities where they could apply for grants together. On an ongoing basis, they research together, share findings, and review each other’s applications before they’re submitted.


This ongoing support has been mutually beneficial, with them both receiving successful responses from grantmakers and getting through to subsequent stages of the processes.

Lizza says:

“It’s the whole idea of not doing it alone. As a young leader with limited networks and connections, anxiety can creep in. It’s hard to get your vision and dream out there. Working with Alice has been great. It’s good to work with another leader that understands the feeling of creating an environment that’s safe and supportive – knowing that we are both working to contribute to amplifying girls and women’s voices.”

Lizza Marie Kawooya, Founder of Dwona Initiative

Alice Magaka, Executive Director of The Pink Box Initiative

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