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Being a Foundation Program Officer

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The recent report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Relationships Matter: Program Officers, Grantees, and the Keys to Success speaks to the important role of program staff in the relationship between the funder and the organizations they support.  In this blog post,  Vuyiswa Sidzumo shares her perspective on the challenges and rewards in working as part […]


Remembering the Mudslides in Sierra Leone

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Conversation With* Joe H. Pemagbi, Sierra Leone Country Office, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).  The mudslides that happened in Sierre Leone in August 2017 added another layer of recovery burden to a community that was already struggling to recover and rebuild from the impact of the Ebola epidemic. The mudslides killed over a […]


Women and Community Engagement: Lessons Learned

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Member Spotlight* The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) makes grants to organizations that are led by women and working to improve the lives of African women. It has supported organizations in over 40 African countries. During the Ebola crisis in West Africa one of the issues that emerged was the important role that local organizations […]


2016 Retreat – Social Protest and Democracy

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Most of the usual opportunities when Africa grantmakers come together are as part of international or issue-oriented meetings, but AGAG’s annual meeting is one of the rare occasions where a common interest in Africa brings funders together.  In April 2016 representatives of funding organizations, NGO leaders and academics came together at the AGAG Retreat to […]


A Breakdown of the Distribution of U.S. Foundation Funding by African Recipients

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Within the U.S. Foundation Funding of Africa report, we provide an infographic illustrating which countries in Africa received how much funding from U.S. based foundations.  Overall, approximately $1.5 billion dollars were funded to Africa. The top 5 recipients being Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia and Senegal. On the opposite end of the list lives Gabon, […]


Foundation Funding By Geographic Focus

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The U.S. Foundation Funding for Africa report focuses on many aspects of foundation funding for Africa with a large focus on where money was given geographically.   In 2012, just over one-quarter of foundation giving for Africa targeted organizations headquartered in 36 of the 54 countries on the continent, led by the Kenya-based African Agricultural […]


A Brief Overview of the U.S. Foundation Funding for Africa Report

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The U.S. Foundation Funding for Africa represents a first- ever examination of grantmaking by the nation’s foundation community specifically focused on continental Africa. Prepared by Foundation Center in cooperation with Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, this report captures all U.S. foundation funding focused on Africa, regardless of recipient location. We begin with an examination of the change […]


Early Learning Innovation Fund Evaluation Final Report

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The Hewlett Foundation commissioned Management Systems International to conduct a formative evaluation of the Early Learning Innovation Fund. The Fund began in 2011 as part of the Quality Education in Developing Countries (QEDC) Initiative, a partnership between the Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This report is part of a series of […]


More Funding for African organizations to combat Ebola and other crises

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One year after WHO report on Ebola:  funders advocate for intensive funding of on-the-ground African organizations San Francisco, CA – Tens of thousands of lives have been devastated by Ebola. Community-based and international organizations led the response and in many areas the rapid spread of the disease has abated. But the crisis is far from […]


Deadline Extended – Apply to be a 2015 Conference Fellow

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2015 Conference Fellow –  Open to Graduate students and staff members of funding organizations and philanthropy support organizations only Each year AGAG invites applications for Conference Fellows who work as part of the conference team. Fellows provide administrative and logistical support for the conference and receive the opportunity to deepen their understanding of philanthropy to […]