History of SAAF
The Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF) was established in 2006 as a multi-donor funding mechanism to support small local organisations working to increase access to safe abortion. It provides small flexible grants to non-governmental organizations for projects working on advocacy and awareness raising, service delivery and research.
There have been rounds of funding so far:
- 2007-2010 Round One: $15 million
- supporting 50 projects in 35 countries
- 2011-2014 Round Two: $9 million
- supporting 35 projects in 26 countries
- 2014-2017 Round Three: $19 million
- supporting 103 projects in 50 countries
SAAF focuses on the needs of the marginalized and most vulnerable women and girls, funding projects which provide abortion services within a comprehensive package of sexual and reproductive health services, including post-abortion contraception.
SAAF encourages abortion services to be provided to the fullest extent of any national law and at the highest possible standards of care, and for legal and policy reforms to be implemented in countries where abortion is restricted.
By visibly funding projects using an international funding mechanism, SAAF works to de-stigmatize abortion and to legitimize the abortion debate – creating and supporting a ‘network of champions’ who are more empowered to work at local and national levels.