Funders targeting support to benefit communities in Africa represent a diverse set of grantmakers targeting a broad array of priorities, according to a new report from Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG). In fact, more than half of the survey respondents provide support for two or more issue areas, specified populations, and/or countries or regions.
The Africa Funding Landscape: A Profile of Funders Focused on Africa and Perspectives on the Field moves beyond grant dollars to capture the what, how, and why of current funding targeting Africa. The report is based on a survey of private and public funders headquartered in North America, Africa, and other regions.
Among the key findings:
Respondents also cited several challenges to achieving the desired impact of funding in their focus area. Chief among them was inadequate funding. Other challenges included their lack of knowledge about the local landscape and opportunities for engagement, as well as differing priorities of funders and their grantees and “closing space” restrictions on civil society and philanthropy.
“The survey is one of a series of activities we have embarked on leading up to our 20th Anniversary Conference in May 2020,” said Niamani Mutima, executive director of AGAG. “We wanted to capture a snapshot of trends in the field and gain a better understanding of attitudes and interests among those funding in Africa.”
Download a copy of THE AFRICA FUNDING LANDSCAPE report HERE