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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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ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WRITING! THIS CAN BE YOUR MOMENT TO CONTRIBUTE TO A PROSPEROUS AFRICA AND BEYOND!!

African Philanthropy Network (APN) is the only continent-wide network of organizations and individuals in Africa and its diaspora who promotes the culture of philanthropic giving. APN brings an ecosystem of philanthropy support institutions and civil society member organizations serving different forms of philanthropy currently in Sub Saharan Africa. Established in 2009, APN is 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.

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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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Inspiring change in ICT for women in Zambia through the Asikana Network By Laida Chongo

As a woman passionate about women taking up space in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT),  I believe in making calls for solid and strategic action that would allow for more women in the space. One such organizing that has been at the forefront in terms of accelerating growth in harnessing the digital space and internet rights for girls, is a bonafide Zambian Women Organization which has dedicated itself to mentoring young women in various ICT skills. The organization comes in form of a Network called Asikana Network, a women driven group that aims to empower mostly young women and equip them with ICT  skills to help in their various endeavours.

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Interview with EAPN team leader, Evans Okinyi

Tell us a bit about your current work and background

First of all, its a pleasure to be involved in this noble institute and I must say, this is a good way of profiling the work that we are doing as a network so that we can collectively drive the agenda of African Philanthropy. So, thank you so much and big up for the thought process that inspired this. I work with the East Africa Philanthropy Network. We are a regional network of philanthropic organisations that promote giving in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

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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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Vijana na Uhisani: Kuongezeka kwa Biashara ya Jamii

Katika miaka ya hivi karibuni biashara ya kijamii imekuwa mfano maarufu zaidi wa biashara kwa vijana katika nchi za Kiafrika. Kulingana na Ripoti ya Jukwaa la Ibrahim la 2019 Vijana barani Afrika hufanya 60% ya idadi ya watu wa Afrika walio chini ya umri wa miaka 25, na kuifanya Afrika kuwa bara changa zaidi duniani. Ushiriki ulioongezeka kutoka kwa vijana katika ujasirimali wa kijamii umehamasishwa kwa kujaribu kujaribu kukabiliana na shida ya ukosefu wa ajira katika nchi zao.

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Mahojiano na Barbara Nost: Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa Taasisi ya Utawala ya Zambia (ZGF)

Tafadhali tafadhali tuambie kidogo juu yako na shirika lako?

Nililetwa nchini Zambia mnamo Januari 2009 kuanzisha Mfuko wa Utawala wa Zambia kama ilivyokuwa ikiitwa wakati huo, ambayo ilibuniwa kama mfuko wa wafadhili anuwai uliowekwa kusaidia mashirika ya hapa nchini kuwa na ushawishi mkubwa katika mjadala wa kitaifa wa maendeleo. Safari ya kipekee ya ZGF ilianza wakati kikundi cha wafadhili wa nchi mbili, ambayo ni, Idara ya Maendeleo ya Kimataifa (DFID), Wakala wa Ushirikiano wa Maendeleo ya Uswidi (SIDA), Shirika la Maendeleo la Kidenmaki (DANIDA), na Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) na Msaada wa Ireland walijumuika pamoja mnamo 2008 kujadili njia iliyoratibiwa zaidi ya kupeleka pesa kwa asasi za kiraia. Wakati huo, mazoezi ya kusaidia AZAKi kwa njia tofauti yalifanya urudiaji wa kazi na kuweka gharama za manunuzi kuwa juu. Wafadhili walijitolea pesa kwa mfuko wa dimbwi na DANIDA ilijitolea kuwezesha zabuni ya kimataifa kwa usimamizi wa Mfuko mpya wa Utawala wa Zambia. Mfuko uliowekwa mpya ulikabiliwa na changamoto kadhaa za mwanzo, kubwa zaidi ni ukosefu wa kitambulisho cha kisheria ambacho kiliiwezesha kufanya kazi kwa kujitegemea. Kupitia mchakato wa kujadili, iliamuliwa kuwa mfuko huo ungekuwa kampuni inayopunguzwa kwa dhamana ya Wazambia watano waliojitolea kuanzisha Taasisi ya Utawala ya Zambia ya Asasi za Kiraia.

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