Case study: From a limited‐life campaign to the End FGM European Network

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At the end of Amnesty International Ireland’s successful six-year advocacy campaign to fight the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Europe, participating grassroots organisations across the continent formed a new network to keep the movement's momentum.

Before the original campaign’s sole funder Human Dignity Foundation stepped away, it provided seed funding and technical assistance to the new End FGM European Network during a vulnerable transition period. This brief draws from stakeholder interviews and a review of historical documents to present useful lessons for donors interested in supporting nascent organizations or catalyzing a burgeoning ecosystem of influential activists.