Our members are the backbone of our success.
Established in 2009, UHAI is Africa’s first indigenous activist fund for sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. We support civil society organising for and by sex workers and sexual and gender minorities with: flexible and accessible grants; capacity support; support for Pan-African organising and advocacy, including support for activist-determined convening; and knowledge building and documentation.
UHAI is the largest funder of Eastern Africa’s civil society organising for sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. UHAI is the first funder of a majority of activist organising in Eastern Africa. Committed to identifying and supporting young, nascent ideas, sustaining funding, and accompanying that funding with capacity support in order to grow activist organisations to the kind of structural integrity that attracts further funding.
UHAI has supported organising in the five East African countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Following movement requests and research in the previous strategic period, in 2016 UHAI will introduce support to Ethiopia, and is undertaking a landscape analysis of organising in the Democratic Republic of Congo towards considering introducing support there too.
The organization also recognizes that in order to make significant progress in attaining equality, justice and dignity, it is imperative that our work contributes to and is linked to wider global and Pan African struggles. Therefore collaborate and engage with other civil society institutions and networks at continental and international levels.
TrustAfrica seeks to strengthen African initiatives that address the most difficult challenges confronting the continent. TrustAfricacurrently focus on three critical areas namely; securing the conditions for democracy, fostering African enterprise and achieving broadly shared prosperity and cultivating African resources for democracy and development.TrustAfrica works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. As a catalyst and convener, TrustAfrica is committed to generating and testing new ideas. The organization also strives to practice good governance and promote it among its grantees.
Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) is a pan-African and feminist Fund, established in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya. Using a rapid response grant making (RRG) model, the Fund supports unanticipated, time-sensitive, innovative, and bold initiatives. These enable African feminists and women’s rights organisations to seize windows of opportunity, fracture patriarchy, amplify their voices, enhance their visibility, and become significant actors who can influence policy and law while shaping discourse. This way, UAF-Africa fills a unique grant making niche within the African feminist movement, providing stepping stones to activists as they use their agency and resilience to achieve social, economic, political and environmental justice.
Established in 2001, the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grantmaking foundation that supports local, national and Africa regional women’s organisations working towards the promotion and realisation of women’s rights and recognition of African women’s leadership in all spheres of life. Through specialising in grant making and focused, tailored movement-building programmes, AWDF works to strengthen and support the work of African women’s organisations. By amplifying and celebrating African women’s voices and achievements, AWDF supports efforts that combat harmful stereotypes, and promote women as active agents of change.
Established in 2003, the East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN), formerly East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), is a membership association that brings together trusts and foundations in the East Africa region with the aim of promoting organised philanthropy. EAPN seeks to provide a platform for promoting indigenous philanthropy, strengthening the credibility of grantmaking institutions, and act as an intermediary between the civil society sector, government and private sector.
Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is an independent Tanzanian Not-For-Profit Development Organization that provides grants and capacity building services to Tanzania based Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). FCS was registered as a legal entity in September 2002 and started its operations in January 2003. FCS is currently one of the biggest and main sources of funding for Tanzanian CSOs.The idea to establish the Foundation was born out of a confluence of purpose between some leaders of the civil society movement and a group of Development Partners in 2002. This was motivated by amongst others a need to enhance CSOs engagement in national poverty reduction programs, increase ‘development aid’ harmonization, as well as to streamline DP’s support to CSOs. FCS is thus an intermediary support mechanism for CSOs in Tanzania and seeks to enable the latter’s effective engagement in poverty reduction initiatives in ways that are complementary to government efforts.
The GFCF is a Johannesburg-based grassroots grantmaker working to promote durable, people-led development approaches around the world by supporting the development of community philanthropy as a critical part of local civil society architecture. It works with individual community philanthropy organizations that are harnessing local assets, strengthening community capacities through the use of small grants, and building social capital, with a particular focus on the global south and the emerging economies of Central and Eastern Europe. The GFCF uses small grants, data collection, convenings and research (both at the very local and the policy level) to both advance and ground its work.
KCDF is a Kenyan development grant-making organization, founded and registered in 1997 as a public foundation, that supports communities to initiate and drive their development agenda by harnessing and growing their resources as well as securing their basic rights and services from duty bearers.KCDF works with poor, marginalised and disadvantaged communities as its primary target group and looks to provide them support in uplifting themselves from their situation through their own efforts. A secondary target group involves organised communities who are focused in looking to uplift themselves in a sustainable manner through asset building.KCDF thus invests significant resources to build, strengthen and sustain the core capacities of these communities by developing thoughtful, long-term collaborations with other actors such as governments, non–profit organisations, the business sector and individuals to achieve social justice.
The Philanthropy Leadership Network
The Philanthropy Leadership Network (PLN) is a unique, dynamic partnership that harnesses the collective capacity of a network of independent development trusts and community grantmakers. The Forum was launched in 2005 to advance, build and strengthen sustainable community-based development in Southern Africa. With a growing pool of grantmaker leaders, the PLN is a leadership and peer learning network committed to social justice grantmaking as a powerful vehicle for change.
The Southern Africa Trust
The Southern Africa Trust was established in 2005 to support civil society organisations in southern Africa to participate effectively and with credibility in policy dialogue so that the voices of the poor can have a better impact in the development of public policies. The Trust mandate is to work on a non-profit basis, to undertake activities that contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequality and shall include activities related to public policy, official poverty reduction processes, human rights, stakeholder engagement, human and economic development, research, training, and capacity building. In delivering its mandate, the Trust will endeavour to strengthen the voice of poor people in public policy processes, to reduce poverty and inequality in Southern Africa in ways that promote regional linkages and a regional agenda.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund strives to change the way society treats its children and youth. This long-term vision captures the central role society plays in shaping children’s lives. Its mission is to give voice and dignity to the African child by building a rights-based movement. Driven by his love for children and a desire to end their suffering, former President Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (the Fund) by donating a third of his salary throughout his term in office to the formation of the Fund.
The Community Development Foundation
The Community Development Foundation Western Cape is a non- government volunteer-driven, charitable organisation that aims to strengthen its geographically defined community – the Western Cape – by facilitating philanthropy. Its unique approach is to partner with donors through designated funds or defined-interest funds to build permanent endowments which are used to support community projects.
Tanzania Community Foundation Network
Tanzania Community Foundation Network is a non-for-profit Trust, which acts as a supreme body over the operations of Morogoro Municipal Community Foundation (MMCF), Mwanza City Community Foundation (MCCF), Arusha Municipal Community Foundation (AMCF) and Kinondoni Community Foundation (KCF). The Trust’s mission is to improve livelihood of communities in Tanzania by facilitating community based self-help initiatives through demand driven technical and financial back-ups and upholding philanthropic values.
Independent Philanthropy Association South Africa (IPASA)
IPASA is a locally established, voluntary association of independent philanthropists, private foundations and other organisations associated with philanthropy in South Africa. The concept of independence relates to independence from government and the corporate sector in terms of governance.
We believe that committed and knowledgeable philanthropists can make a meaningful impact and facilitate change for the better in South Africa. By associating as IPASA, philanthropists and philanthropic foundations contribute to a learning agenda, enabling thought leadership amongst members, who come from diverse backgrounds and practice. This facilitates collaboration and builds a culture of giving amongst South Africans. The power of IPASA lies in its ability to bring organisations and communities together that would not otherwise connect
USA for Africa
Established in 1985, United Support of Artists for Africa is best known for its 1985 recording of “We Are The World” and the “Hands Across America” event in 1986. In these 35 years, USA for Africa has raised more than $100,000,000 to help ease the pain of poverty in Africa and the United States. While the challenges seemed insurmountable, our commitment stayed strong. We have accomplished our goal of creating opportunities and impacting real change.
We Are the World generated $75 million dollars for famine relief and recovery and development programs in Africa. More than 500 African organizations in 21 African countries have received funding from the We Are the World project.
Our Vision: Our vision today matches our vision in 1988. Hunger still exists, our climate is challenged, conflicts rage around the world. The need for people to care and act still exists, perhaps more urgently than ever before. While progress has been made, there is still abundant need. And we remain committed. We honor our past and those who led our early efforts, those who made our initial efforts so impactful, and salute those dedicated visionaries and volunteers who are spearheading our efforts today.
Our Mission: To take action that will help demonstrate the importance and power of individual participation and collective action in helping to solve the problems, address issues and challenges that presently confront our global society.
“We Are The World” is an anthem inspiring the world to focus on the needs of Africa and Africans.“Hands Across America” galvanized seven million people, both superstars and ordinary folks, to come together and highlight the problems of hunger and homelessness in America. These extraordinary events helped pave the way for pop culture to impact on issues of social significance; a trend that has helped millions of people and continues to prosper today.
United Support of Artists for Africa made a difference in many lives.
- Raised more than $75 million to fight poverty in Africa
- More than 6 million people joined hands to fight poverty in America
- More than $25 million was raised across the US to fight hunger and homelessness in America.
These efforts touched the lives of more than hundreds of millions of people globally.
Phone: +1 3239543124
Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF)
To enable poor households to increase incomes and opportunities while improving consumption.
To empower the poor households graduate out of poverty and have sustainable social and economic development.
To build capacities of key stakeholders involved in poverty reduction initiatives with emphasis on community driven development, accountability, transparency and full participation in social and economic development aspects.
Core values that guide the organizations’ work include:
1. Respect for communities supported , exercising integrity and accepting responsibility for actions taken and decisions made
2. Accountability to stakeholders as well as those who support TASAF
3. Committed to acting honestly, truthfully, and with integrity in all transactions and dealings
4. Committed to avoiding conflict of interest and to appropriately handling actual or apparent conflicts of interest in our relationships
5. Committed to treating our partners fairly and to treating every individual with dignity and respect
6. Committed to treating our employees with respect, fairness, and good faith and to providing conditions of employment that safeguard their rights and welfare
7. Committed to being a good corporate citizen and to complying with both the spirit and the letter of the laws of the United Republic of Tanzania
8. Committed to acting responsibly towards the communities in which we work and for the benefit of the communities we serve
9. Committed to being responsible, transparent and accountable for all of our actions.
Phone::+255 22 2123583
The African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) is an international organisation established in 1994, with a mission “to expand and enhance the contributions Africans in the diaspora make to African development” The AFFORD family currently has offices in Sierra Leone and Belgium, Europe.
Our innovative approach mobilises the financial, intellectual, and political assets of the African diaspora and channels them to drive economic growth and social development in Africa. We also enhance the capacity of actual and potential investors and actively influence international policies to ensure that they address the real needs and root causes of underdevelopment and poverty on the continent.
Our mission is achieved through programmes and projects undertaken solely or in collaboration with partners in Africa, the U.K, E.U and other parts of the world.
These projects and programmes fall within the following overlapping themes:
Enterprise and Employment: At AFFORD, we believe that development is driven by sustainable employment which in turn is a by-product of business development and growth. Even though the diaspora has and continues to contribute to job creation and accounts for huge investments on the continent, we believe that by providing the right framework and support these efforts can be amplified. To this end, we offer business support to fledging entrepreneurs looking to enhance their productivity and grow their business.
We have done this by providing grants and setting up business resource centres in the UK and Sierra Leone; designed to give assistance and impart knowledge to entrepreneurs from seasoned business advisors.
Diaspora Remittances and Investments: Two main projects RemitAid™ and RemitPlus™ have been developed ‘to transform diaspora and migrant remittances into a sustainable form of international development finance’.
Diaspora Engagement and Capacity: We run a series of advocacy, capacity building and engagement events like our annual African Diaspora and Development Day (AD3) which has consistently proven invaluable in garnering support for our work.
Action-Research, Policy and Practice: We work with African governments to develop policies, structures and systems that facilitate optimum contribution of their Diasporas.
Phone:+ 44 (0) 203 326 3750
The Other Foundation
The Other Foundation is an African trust that advances equality and freedom in southern Africa with a particular focus on sexual orientation and gender identity. It gathers support to defend and advance the human rights and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual women and men, as well as transgender and intersex people in southern Africa – and it gives support to groups in a smart way that enables them to work effectively for lasting change, recognizing the particular dynamics of race, poverty and inequality, sex, national origin, heritage, and politics in our part of the world. It does this by working both as a fundraiser and a grant maker.
The Atlantic Philanthropies has provided a generous grant over a five-year period to cover all operational costs, subject to The Other Foundation being able to raise additional funds from other sources. In the longer term, we hope to be supported primarily by African-based philanthropy.
ZAMBIA GOVERNANCE FOUNDATION
ZGF supports civil society organisations by providing grants and capacity development support, promotes local philanthropy, convenes learning and sharing platforms, thereby strengthening communities’ ability to speak up for themselves and become active in shaping their own development.
Women Fund Tanzania
Women Fund Tanzania is a registered Trust and the first women’s rights fund in the country both as a movement builder, and as an activist and feminist organization.
is to contribute to the building of a strong women’s movement in Tanzania through making grants, strengthening women’s capacity, building strategic alliances and mobilizing resources.
is to see a Tanzanian society where women realize their full potential and engage fully in the transformation of their communities in order to achieve empowerment and social justice.
MS TCDC is the acronym for MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation, a state of the art development management training institution located in the East African region, situated in Arusha, Northern Tanzania.
Actionaid Denmark is our founding organisation, a Danish NGO, which today has a global presence through its affiliation with ActionAid International.
Throughout the year, and since 1967, MS TCDC has deepened the roots in offering different trainings and workshops which run concurrently in a lively international atmosphere promoting the sharing of experience and cross cultural mediation. Our excellent facilities together with a quiet and pleasant atmosphere makes MS TCDC an ideal place for reflection and learning.
MS TCDC offers a range of standard short courses and tailor made trainings, academic programmes, Swahili language courses, as well as consultancy and advisory services.
Furthermore, we offer conference, seminar and workshop facilities, which benefit from our range of accommodation services, our comfortable and equipped venues.
West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)
The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in 2005 to reinforce the capacities of civil society in the sub-region. The Institute became operational in July 2007.
A peaceful and prosperous West Africa where development is driven by its people.
We strengthen civil society in West Africa to be responsive, collaborative, representative, resilient and influential through knowledge sharing, learning, connecting and influencing.
Our Theory of Change
Our Theory of Change
Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS)
Following Circular No 832/61 of 17th July 1961 from the Secretary of State for the colonies and the felt need of all institutions including statutory bodies and voluntary organisations working for the welfare of the society at large, the Mauritius Council of Social Service was founded in November 1965. From a social service coordinating body, MACOSS has evolved into a Council of NGOs dedicated to social services and sustainable social development.
The Council was incorporated under Act 55 of 1970 voted in Parliament thus providing it with the appropriate legal framework.
A dynamic focal point and platform of the Non-Governmental Organisation Sector and Civil Society to promote sustainable development.
As an umbrella organization for NGOs, MACOSS seeks to promote social and community development and voluntary actions through non-governmental organisations. It strengthens its members by initiating communication and collaboration and networking among NGOs and between NGOs and Government and the private sector primarily through meetings, workshops, consultations and institutional development activities. MACOSS also facilitates its member organisations and strengthens their organisational capacity.
(a) To promote voluntary/charitable activities, community and social development in Mauritius, in particular, the advancement of social education, the furtherance of health and the relief of poverty, distress and sickness.
(b) To promote and foster co-operation in the achievement of the above purposes by bringing together representatives of the statutory bodies and voluntary organisations engaged in the furtherance of the above purposes.
i) To stimulate and promote economic, social and cultural activities for the advancement of the community.
ii) To assist in the planning and coordination of the activities of member organisations.
iii) To organise workshops, seminars, conferences and training courses for voluntary social workers, personnel of voluntary organisations, non-governmental organisations and professionals to strengthen their organizational and managerial capabilities.
iv) To co-ordinate the activities of NGOs in emergency and natural disaster activities and programmes.
v) To collect, diffuse and share information pertaining to adult education and development in particular.
vi) To promote, encourage and undertake experimental work.
The Council at the Annual General Meeting is the Supreme Body.
The Chairperson is elected for a one year mandate. The Council at the Annual General Meeting elects 1/3 of the Executive Committee members for a three-year mandate. One-third of the elected Executive Committee members retires annually and is re-eligible for election.
The Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day management of the affairs of the Council and the implementation of its programmes and policies.
Sub – Committee
Standing Sub-Committees assist the Executive Committee in its various tasks.
As at end of January 2016, 368 organisations were affiliated to the Council.
The Ghana Philanthropy Forum
The Ghana Philanthropy Forum, is a not-for- profit, non-membership organization established as a philanthropy support entity with the mandate to strengthen the capacities CSOs, NGOs, community foundations and other third sector networks in Ghana. We are motivated by our ability of increasing impact… and enhancing value! Together, we apply new thinking to big problems and find solutions for people with the most urgent needs.
We are strengthening the capacities of not-for-profit organizations, community foundations and other third sector networks in Ghana
We develop knowledge products through cutting edge research and building social action partnerships with public and private corporations
We scale up approaches that work, disseminate learning and best practices, and convening stakeholder meeting to promote broader collaboration and impact
Help scale up development approaches that work, disseminate learning and best practices
Developing knowledge products through cutting edge research and building social action partnerships to address social and economic challenges
Promote the community foundation concept, Impact Investment, Venture Philanthropy and emerging forms of social investments.
Providing visibility to third sector organizations to help them leverage resources to support their activities.
Convening stakeholder meetings and trainings to promote broader collaboration and impact
STAR GHANA FOUNDATION
PROFILE OF STAR GHANA FOUNDATION
The STAR Ghana Foundation has an established network across civil society, media and government. We have experience of galvanising change which addresses pressing development and social challenges. Since 2010, we have managed funds worth more than $70m (GHS348m) and have an impressive track record in delivering a successful programme that has supported 232 partner organisations across every district in Ghana. We are non-partisan and work to the highest standards of transparency in our management systems and reporting. We uphold the highest standards for our work, with strong technical expertise, robust financial and programme management, and quality administration systems.
Fund for Congolese Womens
In the DRC, women and girls face multiple vulnerabilities due to general insecurity, prevalence of sexual and domestic violence, high rates of poverty, and limited availability of resources and don’t have access to services. Women are disproportionally affected by these challenges due to inequality, and social, cultural, and political marginalization. FFC has seen the impact of grassroots organizations in effectively promoting women’s rights. However, these local initiatives faced many challenges in accessing funding
FFC was established in 2007 by Julienne Lusenge and a group of Congolese women to fund Congolese women’s groups that were not able to access funding through other sources. The idea was to create a proximity fund in order to bridge the gap between international donors and local women’s initiatives. The struggle of small or informal organizations to reach international donors can be explained by many factors such as strict funding regulations or heavy reporting requirements. Moreover, insecurity, lack of infrastructure and poor communication channels often discourage donors to work with groups in marginalized area of the country. That is where FFC comes in.
The Young Queer Alliance (YQA)
The Young Queer Alliance (YQA) is a non-governmental, youth-led and apolitical organisation registered in the Republic of Mauritius to empower youth, promote equality and leading change for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Intersex (LGBTI) people. Founded on the 1st February 2014, YQA was officially registered on the 1st September 2014 after a successful complaint at the Equal Opportunities Commission due to homophobic authorities.
Within these few years of existence, through advocacy, activism and field interventions on various legal, social, policy making and health matters, coupled with a strong networking among LGBTQI youth and other stakeholders, the YQA has positioned itself as a reference in the struggle for equality in the Republic of Mauritius for the LGBTQI community at large and for local and regional actors.
The Young Queer Alliance is dedicated to advance equal human rights of LGBTQI people in the Republic of Mauritius. Supported by various local and regional partners and philanthropies and instilling the culture of volunteering and activism among young people; the YQA seeks to empower young people to promote equality and be leaders of change. For this, our main pillars of action are:
No movement, no organisation exist without a critical mass of individuals with the ability to mobilise, organise and act. At YQA we believe in human potential and their work, and the difference they can make for LGBTQI people in their communities – at workplace, in schools and at home. We equip young people and community actors with the appropriate tools and confidence to be role models and leaders so as to network and influence others.
PROMOTING ACCEPTANCE AND CELEBRATING DIVERSITY
Mauritius is a concentration of richness of civilisations and diversity inter-mingled. Believing in the tested aptitudes of Mauritians to be accepting and celebrating diversity, the Young Queer Alliance goes in communities reaching people from a diverse range of ages, sexes and ethnic and religious appurtenance to foster dialogue on issues of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression.
The commitment to promoting acceptance and celebrating diversity is further translated to actions through numerous media interventions, visibility, I-stories and promoting space-sharing between LGBTQI and heterosexuals.
RECLAIMING AND CHANGING LAWS
Strong and accountable institutions and representatives are key components in the struggle for equality. At YQA, we will continue to lobby government and political representatives to amend laws that do not ensure equality for LGBTQI people or enforce existing laws on sexual orientation. We will also empower institutions and hold them accountable for violations of basic human rights.
Despite the progress for Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals (LGB), we recognise that transpeople are still not recognised under laws in Mauritius and LGBTQI people face harassment, discrimination, persecution and lack of equal opportunities. Thus, at YQA, we will continue fighting to ensure that transpeople are regarded as citizens with equal rights as well as continuously holding local representatives accountable for laws they pass and decision they take as well as advocating for a better society.
The Young Queer Alliance envisions a society where “being human is the sole prerequisite to have equal human rights”.
YQA provides various services to attain its mission:
- Education, empowerment and sensitisation
- Psycho-social counselling and case management
- HIV/AIDS and STIs prevention
- Safe spaces and emergency sheltering (emergency sheltering for LBT women and girls only)
- Advocacy and research