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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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Women Philanthropists

Women in philanthropy characterize a key feature of African philanthropy in that they go beyond financial help. They are often also willing to offer their time and expertise. It is also documented that their impact in philanthropy typically differs from that of their male counterparts due to their willingness to take on ‘harder’ issues; those that are less likely to be quantifiable for instance, or those that affect those at the margins of society. Women tend not to rely on the zeitgeist buzz when deciding what causes to take on, and thus are likely to have a more genuine impact. Despite this, women’s representation in philanthropy is still minimal or superficial in nature.

This booklet is a small step in correcting that. It’s a compilation of women who have put in years’ worth of philanthropic work to alleviate a varying amount of issues across the continent. They have offered time, expertise and even funds, and have mobilized others to do the same. I have had the pleasure of working with most of them in the span of my own career and I’ve been made better for it.

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Women Writers Booklet

This is a compilation of articles as seen on our blog called Simulizi, created as part of APN’s knowledge production project. They are written by women across the African continent, that were identified through the Women Writing Program organized by APN in collaboration with AWDF. The pieces of writing cover varying topics all under the umbrella theme of African Philanthropy. Each writer offers a fresh perspective rooted in their respective geographical and social backgrounds, altogether making for a diverse and eye-opening reading experience as well as an accurate glimpse at our promising blog, Simulizi.

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The Impact of Savings and Credit Groups on Women in Africa: Consolidating Case-Studies from Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania.

The growing involvement and influence of women in philanthropy has gone largely unrecognized, despite the ripple effect that it has had on economies of households across the continent. Traditional modes of giving that are the becoming bedrock of many women’s livelihoods and by extension, their societies’. These practices are not well documented and their impact is under researched. For instance, the inner working as well as impact of women’s savings and credit groups (also referred to as ‘giving cycles’) is severely under represented in philanthropic statistics. The popularity and prevalence of these Groups implies that research on their research would be particularly important in exploring how wealth is distributed in African communities, and the impact this has on women. So, it’s important we ask!

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GENEROSITY IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 V O L U M E 3

The easing of the COVID-19 induced lockdown is ongoing, and some sectors of the economy have recommenced operations. The curfew in the country was extended from 19:00hrs to 21:00hrs. Some shopping malls are now open, and they must comply with the COVID-19 standard operating procedures issued by the Ministry of Health. Public transport has resumed around the country.

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LEGAL ASSESSMENT OF CIVIL SOCIETY INCLUDING PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATIONS IN UGANDA

Uganda is one of several countries in Africa, which have adopted legal measures constraining legitimate activities of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including philanthropy organisations, through a myriad of laws.1 The legal framework in Uganda has encouraged government meddling in the sector, above and beyond regulation, while simultaneously building obstacles in the operational environment of CSOs. This legal framework violates commitments undertaken by Uganda under international and regional human rights treaties, in particular those related to freedoms of association, and assembly, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), both of which have been ratified by Uganda and provisions of which are also expressly provided for in the Constitution.

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