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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…

REFLECTIONS AND LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE #SHIFTTHEPOWER MOVEMENT

REFLECTIONS AND LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE #SHIFTTHEPOWER MOVEMENT by Ida Maritim – EAPN and Ese Emerhi Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) “If money is involved, it should be in a way that empowers, not in a way that controls local communities.” – Ese Emerhi, Global Network Weaver, Global Fund for Community Foundations The #ShiftThePower…

FOUNDATION FOR CIVIL SOCIETY HOSTS THE CSO WEEK

The CSO Week is an annual event organized by a consortium of local and international Tanzanian civil society organizations.  It is the largest gathering of civil society organizations in Tanzania. Started in 2018 as a brainchild of a few local CSO leaders led by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) whose reflections revealed the need…

LOCAL ACTIONS FOR GLOBAL IMPACT: THE POWER OF THE GIVING TUESDAY MOVEMENT IN EAST AFRICA

LOCAL ACTIONS FOR GLOBAL IMPACT: THE POWER OF THE GIVING TUESDAY MOVEMENT IN EAST AFRICA Paige Omondi-EAPN Started in 2012 as a simple idea to encourage people to do good and promote generosity, #GivingTuesday has grown to be an instrumental tool in shaping ideologies on the power of individuals and organizations dedicated to transforming the…

LEGAL SERVICES FACILITY (LSF) MARKS 10 YEARS OF EVERYDAY JUSTICE FOR EVERYDAY PROBLEMS

LEGAL SERVICES FACILITY (LSF) MARKS 10 YEARS OF EVERYDAY JUSTICE FOR EVERYDAY PROBLEMS Jane Matinde- LSF This year marks an important milestone in the history of the Legal Services Facility (LSF) as the Basket Fund celebrates its tenth anniversary. Established in 2011 as a non-profit organization with the sole aim of improving access to justice…

NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US: Building a Disability Movement in East Africa

NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US: BUILDING A DISABILITY MOVEMENT IN EAST AFRICA Mike O’maera- EAPN There are over a billion people in the world living with various disabilities. Persons with disabilities have had to battle against biased assumptions, harmful stereotypes, and irrational fears for many centuries. The stigmatization of disability resulted in the social and…

GIVING TUESDAY EAST AFRICA SUMMIT

GIVING TUESDAY EAST AFRICA SUMMIT On 28th October 2021, the East Africa Philanthropy Network hosted Giving Tuesday partners for the Giving Tuesday East Africa Summit at a hybrid event with physical and virtual participants drawn from the region. As a precursor to the global Giving Tuesday campaign on the 30th November 2021, the Summit aimed…

Trusts and Foundation Law Review Process

Trusts and Foundation Law Review Process FACT SHEET  1. Trustees (Perpetual Succession) ActCap164 of the Laws of Kenya  The proposed amendments to The Trustees (Perpetual Succession) Act, Cap 164 of the Laws of Kenya are summarised into the following key themes.  a) Change of Name and consolidation – The Trusts and Foundations Act  ● The changes proposed to Cap 164 would expand its mandate…

Chandaria Foundation Partners with Clean Start to Give Women a Second Chance

Valentine’s Day this year was a memorable day for women serving timein Kenya. As love and roses filled the air, philanthropists, the private sector,government, non-profits, and well wishers came together to share the joy of generosity and partnership demonstrating that noone ever becomes poor by being kind.On the 14th of February 2022, the Lan-gata Women’s…

Accountability in Philanthropy

The Philanthropy sector in East Africa has been steadily working on building greater synergies and collaborations on the emerging pertinent matters that are collectively facing the sector. The stewardship of resources, the sourcing, utilization and accounting of these resources has been a thorny issue all across the sectors.Over the last 10 years practitioners in the…

Chandaria Foundation partners with Clean Start to give women a second chance

On the 14th of February 2022, the Lan-gata Women’s Prison received a most valuable gift a 12 million baking and clothing unit workshop fully stocked with machines including a seed capital start-up fund workshop that will serve at least 500 inmates inits facilities