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Celebrating Africa Day with APN Members across the continent

 

Celebrating Africa Day with APN Members across the continent

 In celebration of Africa Day, APN members shared insightful reflections about the significance of the Africa month. Rouguiétou Khady SOW from TrustAfrica advocated for unity, stating, “Let us embrace the spirit of ubuntu and mbolo (togetherness) recognizing that our interconnectedness is our strength.” Jonathan Kifunda from Thubutu Africa Initiatives emphasized the protection of Africa, urging, “We have only one Africa, let’s protect it, cherish it, and make it great again.” Charles Kojo Vandyck from West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) highlighted philanthropy’s role in education, noting, “Through strategic investments, philanthropists can support initiatives aimed at fostering innovative teaching methods and enhancing infrastructure.”

Below is the full interview transcript:

 Q1. What is the significance of Africa Day to you?

 Rouguiétou:  This is a day of reflection and celebration of the continent’s unity, diversity, and rich cultural heritage. It symbolizes the progress we have made in our quest for independence, self-determination, and socio-economic development. It is also a reminder of the ongoing struggles and the collective responsibility we must work towards notably for a more prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable future for all Africans. The Africa Day is also a day of self-assessment and question for the African Union as an institution and for African countries individually, in relation to their state of progress and improvement, their construction and maturity at several level, in terms of growth at the economic, democratic, political and financial level.

Charles:  Africa Day is a moment for us to pause, celebrate our rich cultural heritage, and renew our commitment to forging a prosperous and harmonious Africa.

 Jonathan:   I see the African continent being a basket of food to people who are hungry. I see yams and maize, cassava and millet, I see fish in water bodies, I see natural resources and all potential climatic condition for food production. I see everything! However, my heart cries when I turn on the other side seeing our brothers and sisters in some African counties fighting, some are dying from hunger. I see the drought which is exacerbated by climate change coming with grooming face. I see miserable deaths which are caused by undefined diseases such as HIV/AIDS, COVID 19, and EBOLA etc. And above all I see some of African leaders who are living luxurious and expensive life while the land in their countries is covered by blood!

Q2. How do you see philanthropy contributing to educating an African fit for the 21st Century and building resilient education systems for increased access to inclusive, lifelong, quality, and relevant learning in Africa? 

Rouguiétou:  Philanthropy has always played a crucial role in advancing education by providing much-needed resources. Today, in the context of a global shift, philanthropy is faced with a need to adapt and inflect its contribution to the education sector as a driving force in creating robust education systems that not only responds to social contexts but also provides access to education and ensure that learning is inclusive, lifelong, high-quality, and pertinent to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Philanthropic contributions can fund innovative educational programs that contextualizes and address the diverse needs of African students, including marginalized and underserved communities. Philanthropy can also support the development of infrastructures, such as equipped schools, scientific laboratories, and digital learning platforms, crucial for quality education.

Furthermore, philanthropy can leverage the educational system level by collaborating with governments authorities by funding programs such as trainings, capacity strengthening, exchange or immersion programs, for teachers to ensure educators are equipped with necessary skills to deliver 21st – century adapted education.

Charles: One pivotal force in shaping the direction of education across the continent is philanthropy. Through strategic investments, philanthropists can support various initiatives aimed at fostering innovative teaching methods, enhancing infrastructure, and widening access to educational resources. For instance, initiatives like the provision of scholarships, building schools in underserved areas, or implementing technology-driven learning platforms can greatly impact educational outcomes. Philanthropy empowers individuals and communities throughout Africa to thrive in the complexities of the 21st century by advocating for inclusive, lifelong, quality, and relevant learning experiences.

Jonathan: Philanthropy is crucial in transforming African education systems to be inclusive, resilient, and capable of providing lifelong, quality learning. Through strategic investments in infrastructure, teacher training, curriculum development, and innovative solutions, philanthropic efforts contribute significantly to preparing Africans for the 21st century and beyond. Collaboration between philanthropic organizations, governments, and local communities is essential to sustain and amplify these impacts. Philanthropic organizations often fund the construction and renovation of schools, especially in underserved and rural areas. This helps bridge the gap in educational access. It sometimes works to support students from poor countries to access education. School feeding programs in rural schools in Tanzania is an example of how philanthropy works to support education transformation. Indigenous education which is provided by knowledgably elders in Africa plays a great role in leadership inheritance. Indigenous weather forecast still plays a significant role to farmers in remote areas and who are still unable to access modern weather forecast. This shows how the modern curricula if integrated by indigenous curricular can transform the African continent

Q3. How can technology be harnessed to enhance education in Africa and ensure inclusivity and relevance in learning? 

Rouguiétou:  Technology can be a powerful tool to enhance education in Africa by providing access to quality educational resources and personalized learning experiences. E-learning platforms and digital classrooms can reach remote and underserved communities, ensuring that all students have access to education. Technology can also facilitate teacher training and professional development, allowing educators to improve their skills and methodologies. Additionally, integrating technology into the curriculum can help students develop critical digital literacy skills, preparing them for the future job market. To ensure inclusivity and relevance, it is essential to address the digital divide by investing in infrastructure, affordable internet access, and locally relevant content.

Charles: In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, there exists immense potential to revolutionize education in Africa, ensuring its inclusivity and relevance. Digital tools and platforms offer unprecedented opportunities to democratize access to education, transcend geographical barriers, and provide interactive and engaging learning experiences. For instance, the introduction of online learning platforms, educational apps, and virtual classrooms can reach students in remote areas where traditional educational resources are scarce. Embracing such technological innovations is essential for bridging the digital divide and equipping learners with the necessary skills to navigate an increasingly digital world.

Jonathan: Digital platforms can provide access to quality education materials and courses, especially in remote and underserved areas. Given the widespread use of mobile phones in Africa, mobile learning apps can deliver educational content directly to students. Apps like Ubongo leverage SMS and mobile internet to provide lessons and interactive quizzes.

Q4. If you could leave your fellow Africans with one message to reflect on this Africa Day, what would it be? 

Rouguiétou: As we celebrate Africa Day, my message is one of progress, and education is the cornerstone of progress. By prioritizing inclusive and quality education, we equip our youth with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate and contribute to a dynamic global landscape. We must harness the power of technology to bridge educational gaps, ensuring that every African has access to lifelong learning opportunities. This not only fosters personal growth but also drives societal advancement.

As we face the challenges of our time, from economic uncertainties to health crises, we must draw on our rich traditions of community solidarity and innovation. Let us embrace the spirit of ubuntu and “mbolo” (togetherness), recognizing that our interconnectedness is our strength. By working together, we can build resilient systems that not only withstand global disruptions but also thrive amid them. Furthermore, it is crucial to stay informed and engaged with global developments. The shifts in the global economy, the rise of new technologies, and the ongoing fight for social justice all impact our continent. We must be proactive in shaping our responses to these changes, ensuring that they align with our goals for sustainable development and equitable growth.

Jonathan: We have only one Africa, lets protect it, cherish it and make it Great again as it was during the Mansa Musa, Kwame Nkrumah Julius Nyerere etc. Let us embrace Unity and Diversity for the betterment of our mother land Africa.

Charles: Urgent investment in the education of future generations is paramount, as it nurtures their talents and unlocks their potential to drive Africa’s development forward. Together, we can create a continent where opportunities abound for all, and where every individual can contribute to Africa’s prosperity and success.

 

Note Conceptuelle Pour le recrutement des Jeunes Chargés de Recherches

Note Conceptuelle Pour le recrutement des Jeunes Chargés de Recherches

Thème proposé : Pratiques philanthropiques pour une liberté collective, face aux luttes collectives.

CONTEXTE
La Africa Philanthropy Network est le seul réseau continental d’organisations et d’individus en Afrique qui fait la promotion de la culture de la philanthropie C’est un espace qui permet aux Institutions africaines d’interroger et d’intervenir dans les dynamiques du pouvoir en ce qui concerne la façon dont la mobilisation la distribution et la dépense des ressources ont un impact sur les possibilités de changement transformateur en Afrique. L’APN a pour mission d’accroitre l’impact des pratiques philanthropiques africaines. Pour ce faire, l’APN travaille en collaboration avec ses membres et d’autres organisations de soutien à la philanthropie afin de promouvoir la voix et l’action de la philanthropie africaine à travers la construction d’une solidarité et d’une intervention coordonnée dans la scène philanthropique africaine ; de repenser et de construire le potentiel de la philanthropie africaine (individuelle et communautaire) afin de mener à bien le changement social.

 
Bref aperçu du projet de recherche
Ce projet de recherche servira de plateforme pour que les jeunes puissent partager leurs perspectives sur les pratiques de don philanthropiques dans les luttes collectives à travers des documents de recherches Alors que nous nous efforçons de façonner les récits sur les dons africains selon les valeurs de l’Ubuntu, il est impératif que les voix des jeunes soient aux centre. Nous avons lancé le premier concours de rédaction de l’APN en 2021, avec pour objectif d’inspirer la jeunesse africaine sur le pouvoir de la philanthropie africaine dans la promotion du changement social. En 2022, le concours avait pour thème : « le rôle de la philanthropie africaine dans la relève des défis communautaires ». Puis, en 2023, le thème fut «la pratique de la philanthropie africaine à l’ère du changement climatique actuelles ». Depuis le lancement du concours , nous avons reçu un nombre croissant de candidatures, parmi lesquelles, les rédactions gagnants ont été récompensés et publié dans des livrets

Pour l’édition 2024, nous avons décidé d’approfondir la contribution des jeunes en façonnant les récits sur les pratiques philanthropiques africaines, en plaidant pour la reconnaissance de philanthropie en tant que stratégie durable pour le développement et les valeurs à travers des documents de recherches au lieu des rédactions ponctuelles.  La philanthropie africaine peut être un outil de mobilisation pour le changement des systèmes et en modélisant les pratiques et les structures alternatives qui encourage de nouvelles voix dans l’économie du savoir du développement.

La 4ième édition de 2024 portera sur « Les pratiques philanthropiques africaine pour une libertés collective face aux luttes collectives ».  L’adage selon lequel nous ne sommes pas libres tant que chacun d’entre nous ne l’est pas, prend davantage son sens aujourd’hui. Il ne nous sert plus à rien de fonctionner à vase clos. Comment commencer à envisager l’atténuation des divers défis présent dans les communautés africaines comme une responsabilité collective ? De quelle manières ces luttes sont-elles interconnectées, qu’ont en commun la justice climatique, la justice pour les personnes en situation de handicap et la violence basé sur le genre ? Comment le fait de les considérer comme liées peut-il modifier nos efforts et renforcer notre objectif de liberté collective ? Quel est le rôle des pratiques philanthropiques africaines dans les luttes actuelles et futures pour la liberté collective ?

Objectifs de l’intervention 
L’objectif de cette intervention est d’encourager les jeunes africains à s’engager dans les façons uniques et sans commune mesure dont les communautés africaines sont affectées par diverses luttes, et comment celles-ci entravent les libertés collectives ? Nous voulons que la jeunesse Africaine s’interroge profondément sur les impacts d’une dynamique permanente de pouvoir rationnelle dans les communautés et sur la manière dont les pratiques philanthropiques ont été mobilisés (ou pas) afin d’atténuer ces impacts ; comment la philanthropie africaine peut être un outil de liberté pour tous.

Lignes directrices pour la proposition de recherches
Quelques suggestions pour vous aider à formuler vos idées :

  • Comment la dynamique du pouvoir et ses effets subséquents affectent ils les communautés africaines ? Quelles communautés/groupes de population ont été particulièrement affectés par les effets de la dynamique du pouvoir existante ? Comment les communautés africaines se sont-elles mobilisées pour adopter ou atténuer les effets de la dynamique du pouvoir sur elles ?
  • Comment les acteurs de la société (civile) réagissent-ils au effets croissant des injustices sociales dans les communautés africaines ? Quelle est l’efficacité de ces acteurs en matière de changement de politiques en faveur de la justice sociale ?
  • Comment pourrait-on soutenir les communautés les plus touchées par les effets des injustices sociales ? (Envisager les solutions innovantes, incluant peut-être la technologie, le plaidoyer politique, la mobilisation des ressources communautaires)
  • Dans quelle mesures les politiques existantes ont-elles été efficaces dans la lutte contre les effets des injustices sociales systémiques existantes ? (Se concentrer sur les politiques nationales)

Un détail important à ne pas oublier est de montrer clairement le lien entre les luttes et les injustices et/ou le lien entre les mesures d’atténuations.

Couverture : L’appel couvrira les pays d’Afrique Saharienne
Langues acceptées Anglais et Français
Critères de sélection:
Les pitchs de recherches seront sélectionnés sur la base des critères suivants :

  • Originalité et créativité
  • Pertinence par rapport au thème et l’accent mis sur l’interconnexion
  • Clarté et cohérence des idées
  • Qualité de la recherche et des références

Durée de l’initiative
L’initiative de recherches sur la jeunesse sera mise en œuvre de Février à juillet 2024. Les échéances prévus sont indiqués ci-dessous

16 Février Lancement de l’appel à proposition
16 Février – 29 Février 2024 Ouvertures de soumissions
19 Mars L’annonce des sélectionnés
1er Avril – 18 Juin 2024 Délais des recherches
19 Juin – 30 Juillet Finalisation et publication

Comment postuler?
Posez vos candidatures par le biais de ce lien avant le 29 Février 2024.  Les dossiers seront recueillis entre le 16 février 2024 et la clôture se fera au plus tard le 29 Février 2024 à 23:59 EAT. Pour toute question veuillez contacter Karen Chalamilla à l’adresse (kchalamilla@africaphilanthropynetwork.org

Call for the Youth Research Associates

Concept Note for the Youth Research Associates

Proposed Theme: “Philanthropic practices for Collective Freedom from Collective Struggles"

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 elevate the power of African philanthropy giving practices. In achieving this mission, APN is working in collaborate with its members & other philanthropy support organizations to promote voice and action of African philanthropy through the building of solidarity and coordinated response in African philanthropy landscape; rethinking and build the case for the potential for African (individual and community) philanthropy to drive social change.

Brief Insight to the Research Project
The APN Youth Leaders in Research Project will offer a platform for youth to share their perspectives on philanthropic giving practices in collective struggles through research papers. As we work towards shaping the narratives around African giving under the values of Ubuntu, it is imperative that youth voices are at the center. We launched the APN Essay contest in 2021 with a focus on drawing inspiration from Africa’s youth on the power of African philanthropy in championing social change. In 2022, the theme was; “the role of African philanthropy in addressing community challenges”.  Then, in 2023 the theme was; “African Philanthropy Practice in the age of ongoing Climate Change”. Since the launch of the contest, we have received an increased number of entries, from which wining essays have been awarded and published in booklets

For the 2024 edition we have decided to deepen the contribution of youth in shaping the narratives about African philanthropic practices, advocating for recognition of philanthropy as a durable strategy for development and values through research papers instead of one-time essays.  African philanthropy can be a tool to mobilize the demand side of systems change and by modelling alternative practices and structures that encourage new voices in the mainstream development knowledge economy.

The call 4ذ contest in 2024 is “African philanthropic practices for Collective Freedom from Collective Struggles”.  The adage that we are not free until every single one of us is free holds true now more than ever. It no longer serves us to operate in silos and in isolation. How can we start thinking of alleviating the various struggles in African communities as collective responsibility? In what ways are these struggles interconnected; what do climate justice, disability justice and gender-based violence have in common? How can thinking of them as connected, shift our efforts and fortify our goal of collective freedom. What is the role of African philanthropic practices amidst the current and future struggles towards collective freedom?

Objectives  
The objective of this intervention is to encourage young Africans to engage with the unique and disproportionate ways African communities are impacted by various struggles, and how these hinder collective freedoms. We want young Africans to deeply interrogate the impacts of an ongoing dynamic of relational power in communities, and how philanthropic practices have been mobilized (or not) to mitigate these impacts; how African philanthropy can be a tool for freedom for all.

Guidelines for the research proposal
Here are some prompts to help shape your thoughts:

  • How power dynamics and its subsequent effects are affecting African communities? Which communities/population groups have been particularly/uniquely affected by the effects of existing power dynamics? How have African communities mobilized to adopt or mitigate the effects power dynamics have had on them?
  • How are (civil) society actors responding to the increasing effects of social injustices in African communities? How effective are these actors in addressing policy change for social justice?
  • What would it look like to support communities most impacted by the effects of social injustices? (consider innovative solutions perhaps including technology, policy advocacy, community resources mobilization).
  • How effective have existing policies been in tackling the effects of existing systemic social injustices? (focus on the national policies)

An important detail you must not forget is to clearly show the connected nature of the struggles and injustices and/or the connected nature of the mitigation measures.

Coverage: The Call will cover sub–Saharan Africa countries

Entry Languages: English and French.

Selection criteria:

Research pitch will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Relevance to the theme and clear focus of interconnectedness
  • Clarity and coherence of ideas
  • Quality of research and references

Duration
The youth research initiative will be implemented from February through July 2024. Below are the planned deadlines.

16ذ February Launch a call for pitches
16ذ February – 29ذ February 2024 Submissions open
19ذ March Announcement of Selected Youth Associates
1st April – 18ذ June 2024 Research work
19ذ June – 30ذ July Finalization and publication

How to apply?
Apply through this link by 29ذ February 2024.  Pitches will be collected between 16ذ February 2024 and shall be closed not later than 29ذ February, 2024 at 23:59 EAT. For any questions, please contact Karen Chalamilla at the (kchalamilla@africaphilanthropynetwork.org

 

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