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APN in collaboration with Urgent Action Fund

APN in collaboration with Urgent Action Fund: Feminist Philanthropy in COVID-19 responses

The pandemic has had adverse effects on the world, but women have been overwhelmingly impacted. Over the last year, already existing structural inequalities that disproportionally affect women have been further entrenched within African communities. Interventions to mitigate the spread of the pandemic such as lockdowns resulted in the increase of womn’s care giving roles as they were forced to stay indoors. In some households, women became more prone to abuse from partners or other relations.

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CONVERSATION WITH MARY RUSIMBI

EMPOWERING THE WOMEN WE NEED FOR THE AFRICA WE ENVISION

AN INTERACTION WITH MARY RUSIMBI THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WOMEN FUND TANZANIA

In order to create the Africa we envision, it is important that we curb all manner of inequality that exists in our community, even if these inequalities have been created as a result of our cultural heritage. The inclusion of women, should not be regarded as a by the way agenda, but as a building block required in the structural development of Africa’s foundation and future. Such an ambitious objective is one that Mary Rusimbi and the team at Women Fund Tanzania are trying to bring to life with every element of creativity and innovation that they uphold.

Women Fund Tanzania is a Tanzanian based civil society organization that exists to change the narrative of women and girls by supporting their ambition and initiatives that identify an undivided cause to changing the course of history in their community. “As an organization is our undivided priority to ensure that we provide training, incubate talent and provide every kind of technical support as need arises. As regards allocating our supporting we ensure that 60% is wholly dedicated to the women in the rural community while 40% is allocated to the national level,” Mary eloquently established during her conversation with APN.

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CONVERSATION WITH SINIKIWE KADEMAUNGA

APN YOUTH OF THE MONTH

FEMALE YOUTHS CHOOSING TO CHALLENGE: SINIKIWE KADEMAUNGA

Sinikiwe was born with a condition that stopped the growth of her limbs, but the Zimbabwean is not letting her physical limitations hold her back. Sinikiwe is a blogger, youth philanthropists, life coach and social worker on a mission to change negative stereotypes around disability.

BACKGROUND STORY OF SINIKIWE

Sinikwe is the last child in a family of five children. As she narrates her childhood story, she painfully explains how her deformities were an unexplainable cultural abomination that brought nothing but trouble to her family. Given the patriarchal nature of most African societies, Sinikiwe’s mother bore the brunt of such an “abomination” and was accused of being the reason behind Sinikiwe’s disability. In the end Sinikiwe went to stay with her grandmother who was more than willing to look after her

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ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WRITING! THIS CAN BE YOUR MOMENT TO CONTRIBUTE TO A PROSPEROUS AFRICA AND BEYOND!!

African Philanthropy Network (APN) is the only continent-wide network of organizations and individuals in Africa and its diaspora who promotes the culture of philanthropic giving. APN brings an ecosystem of philanthropy support institutions and civil society member organizations serving different forms of philanthropy currently in Sub Saharan Africa. Established in 2009, APN is 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.

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Interview with AWDF Special Programs Manager, Abigail Burgesson by Stigmata Tenga.

Tell me your current work and background.

As you know I work with the AWDF and I’m the special programs manager. My key responsibility is managing philanthropic partnerships and networks, and then also doing resource mobilization and donor relations. For the last two decades, I’ve been working in philanthropy in Africa, which is really global philanthropy because of the wide reach externally. AWDF funds women organizations in africa, but we are connected to African women movements and global feminist movements. Here at AWDF funding is our whole work, which we support with capacity building and movement building as well. In the background of all this work is the relationship we have with different funders and networks including that of APN and that’s what brings us into the philanthropic space. We are also a part of PROSPERA Africa funds, which is the international networks of women’s funds.

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Inspiring change in ICT for women in Zambia through the Asikana Network By Laida Chongo

As a woman passionate about women taking up space in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT),  I believe in making calls for solid and strategic action that would allow for more women in the space. One such organizing that has been at the forefront in terms of accelerating growth in harnessing the digital space and internet rights for girls, is a bonafide Zambian Women Organization which has dedicated itself to mentoring young women in various ICT skills. The organization comes in form of a Network called Asikana Network, a women driven group that aims to empower mostly young women and equip them with ICT  skills to help in their various endeavours.

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Interview with EAPN team leader, Evans Okinyi

Tell us a bit about your current work and background

First of all, its a pleasure to be involved in this noble institute and I must say, this is a good way of profiling the work that we are doing as a network so that we can collectively drive the agenda of African Philanthropy. So, thank you so much and big up for the thought process that inspired this. I work with the East Africa Philanthropy Network. We are a regional network of philanthropic organisations that promote giving in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

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Interview with Francis Kiwanga, Executive Director for Foundation for Civil Society and African Philanthropy Network, Board Chairperson.

 “I believe in local empowerment, for there to be a true development, people cannot continue to be passive in the process but they have to participate to build a long-lasting development”,  Francis Kiwanga.

May you please tell us a bit about yourself and the work that you are doing at Foundation for Civil Society in Tanzania? I am the Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in Tanzania, the largest funding mechanism in the country. We are a grant making as well as a capacity development support facility for civil society organisations (CSOs) in Tanzania.  As for my background, I am a lawyer professionally. I have worked in the human rights field before I went into doing my consultancy work for some time. I have been with the FCS for 5 years now, joined back in 2015.

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Youth and Philanthropy: The Rise of Social Enterprise

In recent years social enterprise has become an increasingly popular business model for youth in African countries. According to the 2019 Ibrahim Forum Report youth in Africa make 60% of Africa’s population under the age of 25, making Africa the world’s youngest continent. The increased engagement from youth in social entrepreneurship is inspired partly by trying to adapt to overcome the unemployment crisis in their countries.

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Interview with Barbara Nost: Executive Director for the Zambian Governance Foundation (ZGF)

Can you please tell us a bit about yourself and your organisation?

I was brought into Zambia in January 2009 to set up the Zambia Governance Fund as it was called then, which was designed as a multi donor pool fund set up in support of local organizations to become more influential in the national development debate. ZGF’s unique journey began when a group of bilateral donors, namely, Department for International Development (DFID), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Irish Aid came together in 2008 to discuss a more coordinated manner of channeling money to civil society organizations. At that time, the practice of independently supporting CSOs in different ways created a duplication of work and kept transaction costs high. Donors committed money to a pool fund and the DANIDA volunteered to facilitate an international tender for the management of the newly created Zambia Governance Fund. The newly set up fund faced some initial challenges, the most pressing being the lack of a legal identity that enabled it to operate independently. Through a process of deliberation, it was determined that the fund would become a company limited by guarantee of five Zambians who volunteered to establish the Zambian Governance Foundation for Civil Society.

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