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APN Essay Contest 2023

Concept Note for the 3rd APN Essay Contest

Proposed Theme: “African Philanthropy Practice in the age of ongoing Climate Change”

APN Background

Africa Philanthropy Network is the only continent-wide network of organizations and individuals in Africa and its diaspora who promotes the culture of philanthropic giving. It is conceived as a space for African institutions to interrogate and intervene in the power dynamics that shape how resource mobilization, distribution, and spending impact the possibilities of transformative change in Africa. APN’s mission is to reclaim the power and elevate the practices of African philanthropy. In achieving this mission, APN is working in collaboration with its members & other philanthropy support organizations to promote the voice and action of African philanthropy through the building of solidarity and coordinated response in the African philanthropy landscape; rethinking and building the case for the potential for African (individual and community) philanthropy to drive social change.

 

Brief Insight into the Essay Contest

The APN Essay Contest was created to give a platform for African youth perspectives. As we work towards (re)shaping the narratives around African giving, it is imperative that youth voices are centered. Our first APN Essay contest was hosted in 2021 and focused on drawing inspiration from Africa’s youth on the power of African philanthropy in championing social change. The 2nd APN Essay Contest was in 2022, and we focused on the theme “the role of African philanthropy in addressing community challenges”, and received the highest number of entries since the launch of the contest.

The theme for the 3rd APN Writing Contest is: African Philanthropy Practice in the age of ongoing Climate Change.” Climate change is currently one of the biggest global health threats in the world. Although Africa contributes to only 2%-3% of global greenhouse emissions, the continent is disproportionally affected. A main takeaway from the 2022 APN Annual Assembly was the idea that meaningful philanthropy needs to simultaneously address current issues, as well as alleviate any future impacts that may hold back our growth. Efforts to mitigate the effects of Climate Change on the continent need to embody this exact outlook. As the threats that climate change posits for our communities worsen, it is imperative that we are proactive in building awareness and mobilizing efforts and resources to support those most affected. We want African youth to take the reins on thought leadership around this global crisis. What is the role of African philanthropic practices amidst the current and future effects of climate change?

 

Objectives  

The objective of this essay contest is to encourage young Africans to consider the unique and disproportionate ways African communities are impacted by climate change.  We want youth to interrogate the impacts of an ongoing global health issue on communities most relevant to them, and how philanthropic practices have been mobilized (or not) to adopt or mitigate these impacts.

 

Guidelines

Here are some prompts to help shape your thoughts:

  • How climate change and its subsequent effects are affecting African communities?
  • How have African communities mobilized to adapt or mitigate the effects climate change has had on them?
  • How are other philanthropic actors responding to the increasing effects of climate change on African communities?
  • How effective have existing policies (national/ regional/ foreign) been in tackling the effects of climate change?
  • What would it look like to have a more enabling environment when it comes to policy change for climate change and sustainability?
  • Which communities/population groups have been particularly/uniquely affected by the effects of climate change?
  • What would it look like to support communities most impacted by the effects of climate change? (consider innovative solutions perhaps including technology).

 

Expected Outcome

The expected outcome is an array of perspectives on the disproportionate impact climate change has on African communities, and what is the role of philanthropic practices in mitigating these impacts. We expect to receive in-depth analyses anchored by examples from communities all over the continent. Ultimately, the contest would aim to encourage a generation of young leaders who are raising concerns about this global health crisis and are committed to promoting sustainable, impactful philanthropy-related solutions across the African continent.

 

Methodology and the Scope

Format and Target Group: The 3rd APN Writing Contest will invite non-fiction essays from youth aged 18-35.

Coverage: The Contest will cover all African countries

Entry Languages: English and French.

Areas for Focus:  We will use APN’s framework for considering African philanthropic giving models, and how these models can be strengthened with the use of emerging technologies.

Giving within a specific community or direct network

  • One-to-one: examples would include giving for the education of direct acquittances/family members.
  • Many to one: examples here include mobilizing a neighborhood or village to build a local health center

 

Giving that happens outside one’s immediate community

  • One to many: examples may include funding and supporting a national entrepreneurship program
  • Many to many: this may include giving money other for disaster response

 

Entry Requirements:

  • Contact details (emails, social media IDs)
  • Copy of national ID or passport
  • Passport size photo (jpeg or PNG format, high resolution, 1024 x768 Pics, not more than 7MB)
  • Maximum 1500–1800 words, font Arial Narrow, size 11.  References and footnotes are not counted in the word count. Nonadherence will automatically be a disqualification. Plagiarism shall not be tolerated and all entrants are encouraged to cite their work if they intend to use information that is not theirs.

 

Judging criteria:

Essays will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Relevance to the theme
  • Clarity and coherence of ideas
  • Feasibility and practicality of the proposed solutions
  • Quality of research and references

Timeline

The essay Contest will take place between 22nd March 2023 and shall be closed no later than 12th April 2023 at 17:00 EAT.  The judging panel will evaluate and select the entries to be selected as winners.

 

22nd March 2023 Submissions open
12th April 2023 Submission closed
12th June 2023 Winners announced

 

Submission

Submit your essay and other required document through email to: stories@africaphilanthropynetwork.org no later than 12th April 2023 at 17:00 EAT.

 

Awards

APN shall award 10 winners. The first five will receive a monetary award and the last five will receive a certificate.    The table below provides more details:

 

Winners Level in USD Other Incentives 
1st 500 Feature in a Storybook for 2023

Uploaded on APN Web and Simulizi blog

Slot to speak in APN Webinars

Commissioned writer for Sumulizi blog

Winning Certificate

2nd 450 Feature in a Storybook for 2022

Uploaded on APN Web and Simulizi blog

Slot to speak in APN Webinars

Commissioned writer for Simulizi blog

Winning Certificate

3rd 425 Feature in a Storybook for 2022

Uploaded on APN Web and Simulizi blog

Slot to speak in APN Webinars

Commissioned writer for Simulizi blog

Winning Certificate

4th 400 Feature in a Storybook for 2022

Uploaded on APN Web and Simulizi blog

Slot to speak in APN Webinars

Commissioned writer for Simulizi blog

Winning Certificate

5th 375 Feature in a Storybook for 2022

Uploaded on APN Web and Simulizi blog

Slot to speak in APN Webinars

Commissioned writer for Simulizi blog

Winning Certificate

6th 350 Feature in a Storybook for 2022

Uploaded on APN Web and Simulizi blog

Slot to speak in APN Webinars

Commissioned writer for Simulizi blog

Winning Certificate

7th 325 Feature in a Storybook for 2022

Uploaded on APN Web and Simulizi blog

Slot to speak in APN Webinars

Commissioned writer for Simulizi blog

Winning Certificate

8th 300 Feature in a Storybook for 2022

Uploaded on APN Web and Simulizi blog

Slot to speak in APN Webinars

Commissioned writer for Simulizi blog

Winning Certificate

9th 250 Feature in a Storybook for 2022

Uploaded on APN Web and Simulizi blog

Slot to speak in APN Webinars

Commissioned writer for Simulizi blog

Winning Certificate

10th 200 Feature in a Story book for 2022

Uploaded on APN Web and Simulizi blog

Slot to speak in APN Webinars

Commissioned writer for Simulizi blog

Winning Certificate

 

 

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