The Community Committee (COM COM) is Mama Cash’s participatory grantmaking decision-making body run for and by activists with experience in feminist movements. The COM COM makes decisions about who receives funding from the Mama Cash’s Resilience Fund, which provides core/general support to the groups, collectives and organisations led by women, girls, trans people and intersex people. Community Committee members also contribute to the grantmaking programme by providing thematic, issue, regional, linguistic and other context analyses in case of need, and by reflecting on the participatory grantmaking programme as we go to learn how to improve our processes.
The Committee is dedicated to creating a collective space driven by feminist values, including transparency, dialogue, and respect. Members of the Committee serve up to 3 years and receive an annual stipend to cover the costs related to their participation in Community Committee meetings and opportunities to enhance their feminist activism as part of a fellowship programme.
The inaugural committee is composed of 11 individuals who are former Mama Cash grantee partners or advisory members from diverse backgrounds, geographies, thematic expertise, languages, gender identities and sexual orientations.
Three members of the committee have chosen to stay anonymous.
Meet the Community Committee: