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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,…

GIVING FOR RESILIENCE: MEET THE WINNERS OF THE EAST AFRICA PHILANTHROPY AWARDS (EAPA)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic caused untold suffering to many, mitigation strategies unveiled the best of humanity as the Jury of the 4thEdition of the EAPA found out.   Comprised of Rosemary Mutunkei – Philanthropy and Sustainability Practitioner, Shimi Ntuyabiliwe – Executive Director, Dr. Reginald Mengi Foundation (DRMF), Thomas Kyokuhaire – Country Director ADD International Uganda,…

Re-Imagining Philanthropy in the Era of Tech

My favorite session at the 7th East Africa Philanthropy Conference was Re-imagining philanthropy in the era of Technology facilitated by the Thunderbird School of Management.   The key take-aways: 1. Technology is great but we need to build solutions with local people, solutions that are context-based. “It doesn’t have to be complicated”. 2. Technology should be used…

Emerging Vehicles of Giving in Kenya

East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN) envisions an East Africa with vibrant and organized philanthropy that promotes sustainable development and social justice. The network’s mission is to nurture and grow a local giving and resource mobilization culture through effective grantmaking, advocacy, and networking. This aspect includes looking into the resource base, capacity, credibility, and practices of…

Organizational Strengthening success factors: Move at the speed of trust

While the value of strengthening philanthropic organizations to see improved health and efficacy is obvious, how to determine success is not. As part of strengthening the work of locally-led organizations, EAPN hosted the Community Philanthropy Peer Learning Forum on 17thNovember 2021.  The forum sought to provide a platform for speakers and attendants to interrogate various…

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