Dr Stigmata Tenga, the Executive Director of the APN had a conversation with John Youhanes the Executive Director of the Nile Youth Development Action (NYDA); and currently, he is serving as a Policy Mining Officer for the African Union Commission. The conversation was focusing on the work John is doing in driving impact and change within his space. The conversation forms part of the series that APN is hosting with key African Youth across the continent that are harnessing their relevance in championing productive change across the continent. The conversation was as follows:
Africa Philanthropy Network (APN) hosted an online webinar titled “Social Impact Entrepreneurship; Experience of Youth Engagement in Zanzibar” on April 25, 2022. The purpose of this Webinar was to increase understanding of social entrepreneurship initiatives, what is working well and what does not work well in Zanzibar. APN has a mission to promoting this practice and work to promote for a policy environment that will recognize its potential in youth economic empowerment and sustainable development.
As we continue to document what African Giving to Africans, we decided to enquire from some pure minds on what they thought of some of the ideas we ponder on here at APN. Below are some joyful, curious and interesting responses from children aged 11-13 on what (African) giving is:
There has been a spotlight on climate change, and issues related to climate change this year. Finances have been pledged towards mitigating various crises that have emanated due to legacies of extraction, industrialization and environmental degradation.
In Africa, water access, management and distribution remain key issues that affect womn. At UAF-Africa, we know that the water crisis is very personal for women. According to UNESCO (2016) an estimated three quarters of households in sub-Saharan Africa fetch water from a source away from their home and 50% to 85% of the time, womn are responsible for this task. Currently, through climate financing, water management projects are largely privatized leading to womn facing more nuanced struggles with accessing safe and clean water. Typically, due to climate financing being controlled by multilateral finance institutions – projects are largely proposed/bid for by private entities, funded by development institutions and the management of water is shifted to private control, leading to monetization of a natural resource which is a human right. This means that for many living on the margins, the cost of water is now prohibitive and yet this is a vital resource for sustaining life.
The past 12 years of working with informal sector actors, Equality for Growth (EfG) has continued to provide women with access to rights and business knowledge, opportunities, resources, and legal justice. Through utilizing an approach of collaboration, we have worked in partnership with our beneficiaries to empower them in raising their voices and awareness of their agendas.
EfG have trained women market traders to be paralegals and legal community supporters who have been working on preventing and handling Gender Based Violence in marketplaces and deliver free legal aid and support to market traders, through this platform they have been able to reach 10,360 market traders, handled over 630 cases for the past 3 years.
The Africa Philanthropy Network (APN) is the only continent-wide network of organizations and individuals in Africa and its diaspora that promotes the culture of philanthropic giving. Since 2009 APN 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. APN collaborates with its members, and other CSOs to promote the voice and action of African philanthropy. APN does that by building solidarity and coordinated response in the African philanthropy landscape, growing voice, visibility, and influencing the power of Civil Society Actors and leaders to make the case and unlock the potential for individual and community philanthropy. The APN, through catalytic grants, aims to generate new knowledge and inhence narratives that recognize and promote the value of African philanthropy.
Project Title: Reshaping Narratives on African Giving: Writing Workshops for African Writers
Storytelling has and is still an important part of African culture. So much essential knowledge on our histories, safety, novel ideas has been passed from one African generation to another through stories. An integral part of our work on reclaiming and (re)shaping what African philanthropy means on a global scale involves re-telling the stories that have been told on African giving. Outdated narratives that shape giving as a vertical, master-servant enterprise need to be replaced with indigenous examples of giving as always being a core part of who we are.