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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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Entretien avec Barbara Nost: Directrice exécutive de la Zambian Governance Foundation (ZGF)

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

J'ai été amené en Zambie en janvier 2009 pour créer le Zambia Governance Fund comme on l'appelait alors, qui a été conçu comme un fonds commun multi-donateurs mis en place pour soutenir les organisations locales afin de devenir plus influentes dans le débat national sur le développement. Le parcours unique de ZGF a commencé lorsqu'un groupe de donateurs bilatéraux, à savoir, le Département du développement international (DFID), l'Agence suédoise de coopération internationale pour le développement (SIDA), l'Agence danoise de développement international (DANIDA) et la Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) et Irish Aid se sont réunis en 2008 pour discuter d'une manière plus coordonnée de canaliser l'argent vers les organisations de la société civile. À cette époque, la pratique consistant à soutenir de manière indépendante les OSC de différentes manières créait une duplication du travail et maintenait des coûts de transaction élevés. Les donateurs ont engagé de l'argent dans un fonds commun et la DANIDA s'est portée volontaire pour faciliter un appel d'offres international pour la gestion du Fonds de gouvernance de la Zambie nouvellement créé. Le fonds nouvellement créé a été confronté à certains défis initiaux, le plus pressant étant l'absence d'une identité juridique lui permettant de fonctionner de manière indépendante. Grâce à un processus de délibération, il a été décidé que le fonds deviendrait une société à responsabilité limitée par garantie de cinq Zambiens qui se sont portés volontaires pour créer la Fondation zambienne de gouvernance pour la société civile.

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Femmes philanthropes

Les femmes philanthropiques caractérisent une caractéristique clé de la philanthropie africaine en ce qu'elles vont au-delà de l'aide financière. Ils sont souvent également disposés à offrir leur temps et leur expertise. Il est également documenté que leur impact dans la philanthropie diffère généralement de celui de leurs homologues masculins en raison de leur volonté de s'attaquer à des problèmes «plus difficiles»; ceux qui sont moins susceptibles d'être quantifiables, par exemple, ou ceux qui touchent ceux qui sont en marge de la société. Les femmes ont tendance à ne pas se fier au bourdonnement de l'air du temps pour décider des causes à prendre, et sont donc susceptibles d'avoir un impact plus réel. Malgré cela, la représentation des femmes dans la philanthropie est encore minime ou superficielle par nature.

Ce livret est un petit pas en avant pour corriger cela. C'est une compilation de femmes qui ont consacré des années de travail philanthropique pour résoudre un nombre variable de problèmes à travers le continent. Ils ont offert du temps, de l'expertise et même des fonds, et en ont mobilisé d'autres pour faire de même. J'ai eu le plaisir de travailler avec la plupart d'entre eux au cours de ma propre carrière et j'ai été amélioré pour cela.

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Livret de femmes écrivains

Ceci est une compilation d'articles tels que vus sur notre blog appelé Simulizi, créé dans le cadre du projet de production de connaissances d'APN. Ils sont écrits par des femmes à travers le continent africain, qui ont été identifiées grâce au programme d'écriture des femmes organisé par APN en collaboration avec AWDF. Les écrits couvrent divers sujets, tous sous le thème général de la philanthropie africaine. Chaque écrivain offre une nouvelle perspective enracinée dans leurs origines géographiques et sociales respectives, ce qui en fait une expérience de lecture diversifiée et révélatrice ainsi qu'un aperçu précis de notre blog prometteur, Simulizi.

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