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AUGUST 2017                                                                            NEWSLETTER

APN Board gathers in Johannesburg  

Board members of the African Philanthropy Network (APN) met in Johannesburg this August under the new executive director to review organisational progress and give policy guidance.

The meeting was chaired by board chairperson Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo and welcomed the new APN deputy chair of the board, executive director at the Foundation for Civil Society in Tanzania, Francis Kiwanga and all other trustees.

“The Board welcomed Francis Kiwanga, CEO of the Foundation for Civil Society to a position of the board,” said APN executive director Dr. Stigmata Tenga.

Key areas of the discussion for the board included governance, secretariat strengthening polices and the systems. Board members also reviewed issues such as compliance for APN in other countries than Ghana where APN is registered.

The meeting was fruitful, said Dr Tenga. “The board convenes at a critical time as we review how to strengthen the organisation to suit the conditions on the ground. Voices of our members need to be heard and their influence felt in society,” said Dr Tenga.


“We need to nurture the culture of solidarity and inclusivity; while engaging communities and the society at large to also speak the same language and add voice to the effectiveness of African philanthropy.“
The board members who were in attendance included;


Board Chairperson – Dr. Bhekinkosi Moyo (Southern Africa Trust)
Board member – Wanja Muguongo (UHAI-UEASHRI)
Board member – Sinikiwe Makumbirofa (Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund)
Board member – Francis Kiwanga  (The Foundation for Civil Society)
Board member – Beulah Fredericks (Philanthropy Leadership Network)
Board member – Evans Okinyi (East Africa Philanthropy Association)
Board member – Abigail Burgesson (Africa Women Development Fund)
Board member – Susan Odongo (Kenya Community Development Foundation)
Executive director – Dr. Stigmata Tenga (APN)
Programme Associate – Nolitha Tiba (APN)

FCS supports CSOs to strengthen 121 youths forums in Unguja, Zanzibar 

About 121 Youth Forums have been strengthened in Unguja between the years 2016 – 2017, following the good work done by Civil Society Organizations which are based in Zanzibar.
 
According to the report produced after The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) monitoring and supporting visit, conducted from 5 to 13 April, 2017, the 121 strengthened Platforms were from North Unguja A and B Districts, West Unguja B District, and Central Unguja District.

The CSOs which were involved in this initiative are Safari Development Organisation (SADEO), Mtandao wa Asasi za Kiraia Kaskazini Unguja (NORECSONET) and Zanzibar Association of Information Against Drug Abuse and Alcohol (ZAIADA).
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The theme of the 2017 IPASA symposium is CHOICES AND RESOURCES: Philanthropy Confronting a World of Limited Resources
 
Registration for the 2017 IPASA Symposium taking place on 23-24 October in Cape Town is now open. The theme is “Choices and Resources: Philanthropy Confronting a World of Limited Resources.”  Please find the registration link below, which also includes details of the programme. Read more 

Community Media Trust: Amplifying young women’s voices; supporting for community health  



In short 12-minute inserts, Siyayinqoba, a television documentary series, helps young women claim their spaces by telling their own stories to other young women. Using popular media such as television and social media outreach, the programme makes substantial gains in the fight to give South Africa’s youth enough information to make informed decisions about their health rights. Read more 

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