In this conversation, African Philanthropy Network (APN) speaks with Bochum Samuel Bache, the Founder and Executive Director of Youth Advocates for Peace and Community Empowerment Cameroon (YAPCEC). He is also serving as the Cameroon National Youth Delegate to the Commonwealth Youth Council, and a Peace and Security fellow at the African Center for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). Bochum speaks more about the work he is doing in driving impact and change in Cameroon.
The APN 2022 Essay Contest’s top four winners participated in a recent webinar that focused on youth narratives of African Philanthropy practices. Featuring in the webinar was Teboho Polanka from Lesotho who was the top winner of the contest, Keyame Gofamang of Botswana who emerged second, Philip Hope Ifeoluwa of Nigeria who scooped the third position and Mercy Wangari of Kenya who took the fourth position. The winners were thrilled to share their perspectives on the significance of African Philanthropy in their different communities.
The African Philanthropy Network (APN) is excited to announce the twenty (20) winners of the Youth Essay Contest which focused on, “The Role of African Philanthropy in transforming community challenges through Innovation, Policy, and Practice”. The essay contest which was launched on the 25th of May 2022 attracted 300 essay submissions from youth aged 18 – 35 years old around the African continent. The goal of the APN Essay contest is to grow the culture of philanthropy among the youth. As a first step towards nurturing this philanthropic culture in African youth, APN decided to sponsor a continentwide youth essay competition to encourage youth to think about innovation and practice of African philanthropic giving in addressing development challenges. Furthermore, the essay contest provided a space for African youth to raise their voice and generate a new African philanthropy narrative.
On 12 March 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Soon, the international community sprang into action to respond to the pandemic. One of the critical members of the international community that responded to COVID-19 was civil society organisations (CSOs) who stepped in in various ways to fill gaps and complete the efforts of other stakeholders.
In Africa, the reach of CSO responses from a geographical perspective included rural areas, urban areas, refugee camps, informal settlements/slums, and townships amidst operational and financial constraints. According to reports, CSOs, many of whom were working at the grassroots level, persisted in their efforts to reach as many people as possible. Reports indicate that the nature of CSO responses was broad and varied and included providing food and services such as health care, access to education, awareness-raising and sensitization, defending human rights, and psycho-social services.