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Exploring the Why

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The Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG) organized its first “retreat” for Africa funders in 2000. Since then, AGAG’s annual convening has been an opportunity for funders working in Africa to meet each other, share information, and explore issues of common concern. In May representatives from forty grantmaking and philanthropy support organizations from five countries attended […]


Guest Blog: You Can’t Hack Trust

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Trust is the foundation on which every philanthropic relationship rests. And individual and family philanthropy is no different.  While we live in an age of disruption, instantaneous global communication and rapid solutions, some things simply cannot be achieved via short-cuts. Trust, a core element of any relationship, is one of those things which simply can […]


Women in Conservation in Africa: Conversation With Fiesta Warinwa & Didi Wamukoya

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 Conversation With * Fiesta Warinwa, Director of Policy Engagement and Didi Wamukoya, Wildlife Law Enforcement Manager, African Wildlife Foundation AGAG Executive Director, Niamani Mutima, talks with Fiesta Warinwa and Didi Wamukoya about their work with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). Established in 1961, AWF is the only wildlife conservation organization working exclusively in Africa. […]


Survey of Africa Funders – Closing Soon

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The 2018 Survey of Funders Active in Africa was launched to capture up-to-date perspectives on the interests, strategies, and approaches of funders and grantmakers and to understand why and how they are seeking to benefit African communities. We hope to get the most comprehensive view possible, so we are inviting all funders (regardless of where […]


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 […]