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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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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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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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