Promoting Philanthropy in East Africa

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Impact and Implications of COVID-19 on Philanthropy Work in East Africa

Fully 1-in-5 people have a learning, mental health, physical, sensory or other disability that is a barrier to everyday living. People can be born with a disability, or acquire one due to an accident, aging, gun violence or in military service to our nations. ThomasEdison had learning disabilities, Harriet Tubman had epilepsy, Stephen Hawking used…

Partnerships and Collaborations

Partnerships between non-profits, government agencies, foundations and private sector are key in delivering greater and more sustainable impact on people’s lives, as per UnitedNations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) #17 which is about”partnerships for the goals.” Partnering is the accelerator that all development actors need in order to be able to identify previously unimagined solutions to…

Blended Finance: Alternative Models of Financing in Philanthropy

We are living in a time of increasing social needs combined with the greatest inequality in global wealth and the generosity of the givers is just not keeping pace. Philanthropists play a tremendous role in addressing this, but they need to be smarter and cutting-edge innovative philanthropy has never been so important to put limited…

Shared Value Model for Partnership

The compounding crises of last year brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic marked a pivotal mo­ment for the field of philanthropy. As we look to emerge from the pandemic, growing senses of hope for fundamental change are accompanied by a strong pull back to the way things were. The massive social and economic dis­ruptions have…

Re-engineering Philanthropy with Unity, Solidarity, and Purpose

When I landed in Nairobi after a long flight from Zambia to support the Secretariat for the 7th East Africa Philanthropy Conference representing Africa Philanthropy Network (APN), my mind was so en­gaged on the next three days. Pas­sionate about social change and driving the agenda of African Philan­thropy, I understand the need to re­position, rethink…

Feedback Mechanisms for Stronger Relationships

‍ On the third day of the Reengi­neering Philanthropy Confer­ence, the issue of feedback mechanisms was addressed in a session titled, “Completing the Cir­cuit: Strengthening Feedback Mecha­nisms between Civil Society and Funders towards building an enabling environ­ment for philanthropy”. It was an insight­ful session, which blended funding and grantee organizations who shared their experiences, recommendations,…