Reflections from the third African Philanthropy Conference

 

What are some of the systems challenges that the philanthropic sector will potentially face in future, considering social and innovation impact? What are some of the models and approaches than can drive African Philanthropy? Where’s the money for Africa in climate financing?  How can technology advance African Philanthropy? What is the role of Youths in driving African Philanthropy?

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2022 Essay Contest

Theme:  The Role of African Philanthropy in transforming community challenges through Innovation,

Policy and Practice.

  1. 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 reclaim the power and elevate the practices of African philanthropy. In achieving this mission, APN is working in collaboration with its membership & other philanthropy support organizations to promote the voice and actions 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.

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Publications

APN Conversation with John Youhanes

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:

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Publications

SOCIAL IMPACT ENTREPRENUERSHIP: EXPERIENCE OF YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN ZANZIBAR

 

  1. Introduction

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.

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Blog (Simulizi)

Womn & Water: Why water is life.

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.

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Blog (Simulizi)

Equality for Growth (EfG) Success Stories from Informal Sector Traders

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.

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