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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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Research on Impact and Implications of COVID-19 on Philanthropy Work in East Africa

The philanthropy research for which this report is concerned was organised as a collaborative process between the East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN) and Strategic Connections Ltd (SCL), the facilitating consultants.

We are grateful to the leadership of EAPN for commissioning this research study, and for entrusting us with the facilitation of the same. Special gratitude goes to the leadership, management and staff of EAPN for their cooperation and valuable inputs during the process. We are equally thankful to all those who provided crucial inputs towards the study, without which the study would not have been possible. Since it is not possible to mention everyone by name, we wish to extend thanks to all those who contributed either, directly or indirectly, towards the research study. The findings, conclusions and recommendations contained in this report are based on the research feedback, observations and reviews by the consultant as of the time of the study; we are conscious of the fact that such status is bound to change with time.

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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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Uganda Fact Finding Mission Report

From 8-10 January 2021, Boniface Mwangi, a journalist, activist and ambassador for pan-African social movement, Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity, visited Uganda. His mission was to examine political and human rights conditions on the ground, ahead of the country’s general elections, scheduled for 14 January. This report is an account of what he discovered and of significant developments leading up to the vote.

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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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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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