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Taking A Second Look: Analysis of The ” Generosity During the Time of COVID-19 Reports

This report is a synthesis of messages from the four volumes of the “Generosity During the Time of COVID” reports published in 2020 by CivSource Africa. This report is an analytical endeavor that aims to ‘make meaning’ of the stories that were captured in these four volumes. The volumes were compiled during the first COVID 19 pandemic lockdown that happened in Uganda from March 2020 till July 2020. At the time of writing this synthesis report, a second COVID 19 pandemic lockdown had been announced for 42 days from June to July 2021.

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APN Catalytic Grants 2021

The Africa Philanthropy Network (APN) is the only continent-wide network of organizations and individuals in Africa and its diaspora that promotes the culture of philanthropic giving.  Since 2009 APN 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. APN collaborates with its members, and other CSOs to promote the voice and action of African philanthropy. APN does that by building solidarity and coordinated response in the African philanthropy landscape, growing voice, visibility, and influencing the power of Civil Society Actors and leaders to make the case and unlock the potential for individual and community philanthropy. The APN, through catalytic grants, aims to enhance new narratives that recognize and promote the value of African philanthropy.

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Eligibility for APN Catalytic Grants 2021

Are you eligible?

  • A Journalist
  • A Writer
  • A Storyteller
  • An Artist
  • A radio and TV presenter/producer
  • A Philanthropist
  • A Social Entrepreneur
  • A Social Researcher

 

Is your organization eligible?

  • APN Members Organization
  • A community philanthropy organization
  • A community foundation
  • A Journalist Club /Association
  • A Media organization
  • A Human rights organization
  • A Social enterprise
  • Professional association
  • Trade union/association
  • Any other kind of organization that identifies with the concept and practice of African philanthropy.

 

Are you based in:

  • This funding opportunity is limited to individuals and organizations based in Africa and in the diaspora.

If the answer is “Yes!” to most of the above questions, then you may be interested in applying for the APN’s Catalytic Grant.

 

 

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APN ESSAY COMPETITION ON THE POWER OF PHILANTHROPIC GIVING TO ADDRESS SOCIAL CHANGE FOR STUDENTS FROM AFRICAN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS

APN is implementing the Giving for Change Program funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Giving for Change is a consortium program that is implemented in collaboration with the Wilde Ganzen Foundation, Global Fund for Community Foundations, and Kenya Community Development Foundation in partnership with National Anchor Institutions in eight countries in the Global South:  Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Brazil and Palestine including the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Together we form a Giving for Change Alliance.

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APN STORYTELLING COMPETITION ON THE POWER OF PHILANTHROPIC GIVING TO ADDRESS SOCIAL CHANGE FOR AFRICAN YOUTH AGED 25 – 35 YEARS OLD

APN is implementing the Giving for Change Program funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Giving for Change is a consortium program that is implemented in collaboration with the Wilde Ganzen Foundation, Global Fund for Community Foundations, and Kenya Community Development Foundation in partnership with National Anchor Institutions in eight countries in the Global South: Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Brazil and Palestine including the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Together we form a Giving for Change Alliance.

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A SYNTHESISED REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF THE CORONA VIRUS DISEASE(COVID-19) PANDEMIC ON CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS IN WEST AFRICA

This report presents a synthesis of the findings on the impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic on civil society organisations (CSOs) in West Africa, with particular focus on Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. In particular, the report document show the COVID-19 pandemic has affected CSOs’ operations, funding prospects and relationships with donors and stakeholders. Given that CSOs are agile actors with an agency, this report further analyses’ strategic responses for mitigating the effects of the pandemic in ensuring their short-term survival and long-term sustainability. The findings, therefore, present data-based evidence to inform stakeholders’ engagement with West African CSOs.The implications of the findings for policy and practice are further discussed.

The findings in this study are informed by a sequential explanatory mixed-method design which involves first collecting and analysing the quantitative data followed by qualitative data. As part of the quantitative phase of this study, a survey questionnaire was administered to 313 CSOs across the six countries (i.e., Cameroon – 36 CSOs; The Gambia-16 CSOs; Ghana-86CSOs; Liberia-27 CSOs; Nigeria-80 CSOs; and SierraLeone-68 CSOs) between June and July 2020. Following the quantitative data administration and analysis,6 focus group discussions were conducted with 48 CSOs who first participated in the quantitative phase between July and September 2020. Additional, key informant interviews were conducted as part of the data collection in each country. The final analysis in this report integrated the quantitative and qualitative data, which provided nuanced perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 on CSOs’ in West Africa.

 

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HEART DRIVEN AFRICAN PHILANTHROPY – APN ROUND TABLE CONVERSATION WITH MR SURAJ RAY THE CHAIRMAN OF MACOSS

Pouvez-vous nous parler un peu de vous et de votre organisation?

MACOSS is the national platform for NGO’s in Mauritius. It was established and enacted by an Act of Parliament since 1970.  MACOSS have more than 100 NGO’s as members. All these NGOs are legally registered organizations working in different fields of specialization and implementing different sets of activities.

I serve as the voluntary chairperson for MACOSS.  This position is nominated by the members.  Therefore, my duty is purely philanthropic. I give and offer my service to the organization with a voluntarily.  As MACOSS, we have an established permanent secretariat of paid staff members. We have a clear governance structure at MACOSS with a Board of Directors. As an established institution we have put in place a strategy of worthy consideration in order for us to ensure that we achieve our desired vision and objectives. As an organization our prominent objectives are advocacy or rather policy influencing, networking, and empowering our NGO members. These are some of our fundamental objectives. We are a representative body as MACOSS; therefore, we collect the views of the civil society and then we submit these views to the government and various partners in order for us to ensure that we are meeting the needs of NGOs.

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In Conversation With: Junayna Al Sheiban from Tanzania Feminist Collective

In Feminism Is For Everybody bell hooks talks about consciousness-raising groups, where women would organise to meet and discuss matters of sexism and patriarchy. These would often be someone’s house, a café, anywhere that could safely host a group. The idea was that in order to fight the patriarchy, one would need to learn how it worked and affected them. In the last few decades, these sites have become more expansive, finding homes on various corners of internet and inviting larger groups of women to learn from each other. One such site is the recently founded Tanzania Feminist Collective, which consists of women and non-binary people, with the “goal of wanting to provide education on rape culture, misogyny, women’s rights, and the nuances surrounding bigotry and how this is harmful to the fabric of Tanzanian society.”

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Reflections on webinar on Youth Led Development: Giving Young People the Power and Voice

As part of its series of youth focused webinars with the aim of contextualizing social impact entrepreneurship, Africa Philanthropy Network (APN) hosted the “Consultative Youth Webinar on the role of African Philanthropy in creating enabling environment for youth led development” on May 6th, 2021. Speakers of the webinar were Positive Youth Development Activist and pharmacy student at the University of Zambia Florence Mulenga; Chimwemwe Kaonga, the Programs Director at Concerned Youth Organization in Malawi; and Reynald Maeda the Executive Director of the United Nations Association in Tanzania.

As expected from the diverse expertise from the speakers featured, the discussion yielded a number of descriptions for youth led development and African philanthropy. The definitions range from young people working for development of other young people, without ignoring what is happening outside youth group to all initiatives of development that have been initiated by youth.

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A divorced woman won her case, got a house, farming land

Gender-based violence (GBV) has reached at the crisis level in Tanzania, adversely affecting women and girls. According to the 2019 Ministry of Health Study on Gender, 40.1 per cent of women experienced physical violence, while 13.8 per cent experienced sexual violence in adult life and only 27 percent arrived at health facilities within 72 hours. “Incidents such as wife-beating, men insulting women, grabbing their land, throwing things at them, are also on the rise in our communities,” noted a gender expert, Michael Thoshiba in an exclusive interview.

However, through legal aid and paralegal (a person who is not a lawyer but trained on basic legal issues to assist community members in resolving disrupts or to refer complicated issues to proper authorities) services which are widely available in almost all the districts of Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar, victims of GVB incidents are assisted to secure their rights.

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