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FFA Rpt CoverU. S Foundation Funding for Africa 2015 Edition – 

A partnership between Foundation Center and the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG) has produced the first-ever overview of foundation funding specifically for continental Africa.  U.S. Foundation Funding for Africa examines changes in funding over a decade and provides a detailed portrait of giving in 2012. It compares differences in funding for organizations headquartered in Africa and funding for activities focused on Africa implemented by organizations headquartered outside of Africa. The report is based upon an analysis of Foundation Center’s FC 1000 annual data sets, which include grants of $10,000 or more given by 1,000 of the largest U. S. independent, corporate, community and grantmaking operating foundations. The FC 1000 sets account for more than 75% of all international funding by U.S. foundations.

Resources on funding in Africa – Identifying resources about the trends in grantmaking to Africa is part of our mission to promote effective, robust and responsive philanthropy. The following resources include those produced by the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group and developed from our activities, resources produced or supported by our members, and other publicly available resources relevant to funding in Africa.

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Annual Retreat – 2003 – PDF

PDF-2003 Retreat Report-Long-term strategies for addressing development challenges in Africa must be firmly rooted in local realities and experience, while enabling such experience and knowledge to inform macro-level policies, with their ability to enact sweeping change and mobilize significant human and financial resources.  A key challenge for funders in Africa is how to balance such […]

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A Profile of Child Marriage in Africa – PDF – 2015

PDF – 2015 – Child marriage, defined as a formal marriage or informal union before age 18, is a reality for both boys and girls, although girls are disproportionately the most affected. About a third of women aged 20-24 years old in the developing world were married as children. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), […]

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Access to Emergency Medical Services in the Eastern Cape Hearing Report – PDF

The South African Human Rights Commission (“SAHRC” or “Commission”) is specifically mandated to promote the protection, development and attainment of human rights, as well as to monitor and assess the observance of human rights in South Africa.

In 2007 the Commission hosted a Public Hearing on Access to Health Care Services, which partly examined emergency transport and transportation costs. The Commission found that there appeared to be insufficient provision of emergency care, which impacted especially harshly on rural patients, and further noted that the cost of transport was a major prohibitive factor in accessing their health entitlements.

Drawing from a number of written and oral submissions made by community representatives this report aims to provide insight into the complex and inter-related challenges in the delivery of and access to emergency medical services and healthcare in general in the Eastern Cape. The report also highlights the fact that poverty remains an inherent barrier to accessing basic services, and that measures aimed at addressing the current difficulties cannot be taken by the Department of Health alone, but requires committed and in-depth cooperation and collaboration at both an inter-sectoral (i.e between departments) and inter-sphere level of government, with further partnership needed with both civil society and communities in order to create sustainable solutions and achieve equitable service delivery on the ground.

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Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking: Sub-Saharan Africa

Online Report – 2015 – International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and the Foundation Center – “Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking” online report gives key findings from 2011 and 2012 on global human rights funding.  It includes a section on funding to sub-Saharan Africa. It lists the top 25 human rights funders to Africa […]

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Africa Progress Report 2015, Power People Planet: Seizing Africa’s Energy and Climate Opportunities – PDF

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Africa: The Billions that Got Away – PDF

PDF  – 2015 – TrustAfrica & Mail&Guardian Africa – Africa: The Billions that Got Away” This e-book documents Africa’s  $50 billion annual losses in illicit financial flows due to commercial transactions, organized criminal activities and corruption. It is part of TrustAfrica’s “Stop the Bleeding – Campaign to End Illicit Financial Flows from Africa”  that aims to […]

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Africa’s Wealthy Give Back-PDF

PDF – 2014 – UBS and TrustAfrica – This report provides a perspective on philanthropic giving by wealthy Africans in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Experts and almost 100 wealthy givers participated in surveys and in-depth interviews to compile this report.  The study aims to examine motivations for why wealthy Africans give […]

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AGAG Annual Meeting Report – 2006 – PDF

PDF-2006 -Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group -This meeting explored a range of issues including: Strengthening organizations in Africa Advocacy and grantmaking in America Facilitating networks and making connections among grantees U. S. Africa policy: implications for funders The double-edged impact of reporting on Africa  Download – 2006 Retreat Report  

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Annual Retreat Report – 2002 – PDF

PDF-2002 Retreat Report-As the third in a series of annual retreats, the 2003 retreat in Chicago focused on both strategic issues, such as theories of social change and partnerships, and substantive issues, such as HIV/AIDS, challenges to democratization and the use of information technology. It also enabled members to discuss and formulate strategies for AGAG’s […]

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Annual Retreat Report – 2005 – PDF

PDF-2005 Retreat Report-Helping build capacity across the development spectrum from supporting the evolution of groups at the grassroots level to developing capacity building projects for established institutions was a common thread during the discussions at the 2005 annual retreat.  The session topics included: Identifying opportunities in times of challenge Strategies for supporting organizational effectiveness Pathways […]

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Approaches to Funding Social Innovation in Africa – Audio

Audio – Discussion of funding strategy use by Draper Richards Kaplan and the Skoll Foundationto support social innovation in Africa. Topics include grantmaking models, ideal characteristics in leaders and organizations, and lessons learned in funding in Africa. What types of organization is a good candidate for social innovation funding in an African context and what a […]

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August 2015 AGAG Newsletter – Web

Web Newsletter- August 2015 – Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group –  The AGAG Newsletter has updates on AGAG activities and information about trends in philanthropy and in Africa relevant to  funders interested in Africa . August 2015 Issue Generation Next: Voice and Impact Funder Collaborative in Education Keeping Connected – Regional Meetings Obama Advocates for Women […]

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Changes In Asset Management: The Impact of Funding Women’s Community Organizations in Senegal – PDF

PDF – 2015 – In 2013, the New Field Foundation conducted a participatory study to examine the changes that occurred for women’s community organizations receiving community grants. This showed increased food security, improved livelihoods, increased status of women, and greater access to health care and education for rural women and their families. It also showed that, because […]

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Changes in Family Health and Education: The Effects of Funding Women’s Community Organizations in Senegal – PDF

PDF – 2014 – In order to understand the extent of the changes created by rural women and their organizations as a result of the community grants, a participatory study was carried out by World Education Senegal.  The study involved 379 rural women, 35 women’s organizations receiving community grants, and two evaluation consultants. Central to […]

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Changes in Rural Women’s Leadership: The Effects of Funding Women’s Community Organizations in Senegal

PDF – 2014 – As part of its strategic grantmaking to support women and their families to overcome poverty, violence and injustice in Africa, New Field focused part of its efforts on southern Senegal as it emerged from twenty years of conflict. During 2006-2012, $3.5 million was awarded in 90 main grants to 20 non-profit […]

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Changes in the Landscapes in Africa and Philanthropy: Implications for Funders – PDF

  PDF-2013 -Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group -Retreat Report- The gathering was about changes – in Africa and in philanthropy. Neither has escaped the impact of dramatic shifts globally and locally in response to social, economic, and political trends. The discussions ranged from “big picture trends” in philanthropy and in Africa to specific changes affecting the […]

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Changes in U.S. Philanthropy: Implications for Grantmakers to Africa – Audio

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Children’s Ebola Recovery Assessment: Sierra Leone

PDF – 2015 – Plan International –  “Children’s Ebola Recovery Assessment: Sierra Leone” report details the impact of Ebola on the lives of children seven to eleven years old in nine districts in Sierra Leone. 1100 children were interviewed and they say in their own voice their hope for the countries recovery.  The report was […]

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Communication That Counts: Lessons From South African Social Investors-PDF

PDF – 2015 – GrantCraft – GrantCraft and Tshikululu Social Investments – This guide contains lessons from social investors in South Africa on how to communicate impact and how to communicate with partners, social investors and grantees. It also covers determining and meeting communication goals and which media will help propel particular messages. Link: Communication That […]

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Connecting Knowledge: Health, Education and Civil Society – PDF

PDF-2009 Retreat Report-The meeting explored the interconnection between education and health and the important role civil society plays in building strong communities.   An overview of the economic crisis and its potential impact on Africa helped to set the context for the discussions that followed over the next two days. The sessions organized by members provided an exciting […]

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Constructing a Developmental and Transformational Philanthropy in Africa

PDF – 2015 – Southern Africa Trust and AGN – “Constructing a Developmental and Transformational Philanthropy in Africa” report examines legislative environment for philanthropy in Africa. The report is by Southern Africa Trust and AGN. Link – Constructing a Developmental and Transformational Philanthropy in Africa

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Cost of Inaction-PDF

PDF – 2010 –  International Civil Society Support – A Report on How Inadequate Investment in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Will Affect Millions of Lives. The report examines the work of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Over 13 years, the resources provided through the fund have […]

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Death & Dying in the Eastern Cape: An Investigation into the Collapse of a Health System – PDF

PDF – 2015 – This special report of the TAC/Section27 NSP Review has been researched and written because throughout 2012 and 2013 awareness of the scale of the health system crisis in the Eastern Cape and its adverse impact on patients and health providers. This is not a report of statistics and numbers, but of […]

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Development Funding in Africa – Resource Directory – PDF

PDF-2008 Report -This Directory profiles a sample of the funders represented at the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group Conference and Retreat held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2008. It was compiled as a resource for participants. Each entry includes where the funder is headquartered, their website address, a brief summary of program and geographic focus in Africa. The […]

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Early Childhood Development Funding in East Africa – Map

Funding Map – 2015 – Foundation Center – Explore Early Childhood Development (ECD) Funding in East Africa. The map was created by the Foundation Center with support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation.  The map provides information that can help foundations and other stakeholders to understand funding trends and funding gaps and to identify partners […]

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Early Learning Innovation Fund Evaluation – Web

Web – 2015 – Early Learning Innovation Fund Evaluation – In 2011, the Hewlett Foundation awarded two grants to support grassroots innovations in improving children’s learning. Firelight Foundation and TrustAfrica were the recipients of the grants, tasked to support organizations working to improve children’s early learning and highlight their approaches.  The final evaluation, carried out […]

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Equal Footing Funding Landscape- Web

Web – 2015 – In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the King Baudouin Foundation partnered with Foundation Center to create Equal Footing, a freely accessible web portal for information-sharing and collaboration among those who invest and work in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Burundi. Equal Footing includes data about philanthropic funding across all issues […]

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Evaluation & Learning: Navigating the Range of Approaches Plenary Sessions – Audio

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Evaluation and Learning: Navigating the Range of Approaches – PDF

PDF- 2012 Retreat Report -The meeting explored how to navigate the range of approaches to evaluation and learning for grantmaking to Africa. The discussions revealed the complexity of the issues and the range of opinions in identifying the best solutions for each situation.   Questions raised included: How grant partners and funders evaluate their results? What […]

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Funding for Health and Basic Education Programs in Southern Africa – PDF

PDF-2007 -Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group -This summary report examined funding by forty-one American and two European funders for health and basic education programs for children and youth in ten Southern Africa countries between 2001 and 2005.  This report examines a sampling of grants so the trends discussed in the study apply only to the analysis of the sample […]

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Funding for Health and Basic Education Programs: Key Findings – PDF

 PDF- 2008 Report – This summary captures the key findings from a larger report that examines a sampling of grants from 2001 to 2005 to support health, basic education, and comprehensive programs for children and youth in ten countries in Southern Africa.  There are many funders in the United States, Europe, and South Africa who are supporting health and […]

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Funding for Health in Africa: Mapping the U. S. Foundation Landscape 2000-2002 – PDF

PDF-2002 Report-This overview of funding by foundations based in the United States for health-related activities in Africa for the three-year period from 2000 through 2002. We selected this period in order to cast a wide enough net to both include as many foundations as possible and to capture an profile of health funding throughout the continent. The report […]

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Funding for HIV/AIDS in Africa 2014 – PDF

          PDF- 2014 – FCAA Data Spotlight: Africa published by Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA) is excerpted from its resource tracking publication, Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2014. It highlights key facts about funding for HIV/AIDs in Africa in 2014 such as the top five recipient countries: South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Malawi, […]

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Funding Impact: Partnerships, Networks & Collaborations: A Learning Opportunity – PDF

PDF – 2008 Report – This conference was held in Johannesburg, South Africa and brought together over a hundred funders from the United States and countries in Africa and Europe. Over 25% of the participants represented African funders making the mix of people and funding agencies represented quite unique. More than once, delegates commented on what […]

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Funding in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities-PDF

PDF-2014-Report-Participants from seven countries on three continents attended the conference on “Funding in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities.” The first day focused on the cross cutting topics of the role of art in social change, trends in philanthropy to Africa and exit strategies. The second day offered a menu of specific topics and case study presentations […]

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Funding Rural Women’s Organizations in Senegal – PDF

PDF – 2014 – This New Field Foundation presentation identifies key changes experienced by rural women and their organizations in Senegal due to the grant funding they received. It focuses on changes in women’s leadership and food security. Key Questions What changes have taken place for rural women’s groups and their members as a result of […]

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Fundraising Guide for Women’s Community-Based Organizations – PDF

PDF – 2014 – This fundraising guide originated from the desire to help grassroots organizations struggling to raise enough money to be able to meet their needs. Fundraisers developed this guide to help women’s groups better understand the world of grantseeking and build their skills to raise money for their desired causes and projects.  It […]

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Girls are Like Leaves: How Gender Expectations Impact Girls Education – A closer look from West Nile, Uganda – PDF

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In the Wake of Conflict – PDF

PDF – 2015 – This publication traces the evolution of New Field Foundation’s efforts to support peace and vibrant rural communities in southern Senegal as it emerged from twenty years of conflict. Between 2004 and 2014, New Field’s grantmaking program evolved organically to support the emergence of rural women’s organizations as drivers of development. Making […]

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Indigenous Rights Risk Report: Leveraging the Market for Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in Africa- Audio

This discussion explores the findings of First Peoples Worldwide’s “Indigenous Rights Risk Report” that advocates for the protection of Indigenous Rights as good business practice and shares examples in Africa. Topics include how communities, funders, investors, and corporations can use First Peoples Worldwide’s “Indigenous Rights Risk Report” as a market-based advocacy tool.  The findings make the case that […]

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Is Media Development Useful in Supporting Sustainable Development in Africa? – Audio

Audio – Discussion with Journalists from Internews about why media development is a critical tool for supporting sustainable development efforts in Africa and why funders should support it.  Internews work with local journalists to improve coverage of sustainable development issues.  It examined the importance of funder engagement in supporting African journalists and media in covering […]

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Journey to Equality: 10 Years of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa – PDF

PDF – 2013 – In February 2006, when a 13 year-old Zambian school girl was raped by her teacher, the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Protocol) was one of the tools that facilitated justice. This 2013 publication commemorates the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Protocol on the Rights of Women […]

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June 2015 AGAG Newsletter – Web

Newsletter – June 2015 – Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group – The AGAG Newsletter has updates on AGAG activities and information about trends in philanthropy and in Africa of interest to  AGAG members and other funders interested in Africa and the general public. In June 2015 Issue: African Youth as Trailblazers Will the Next Einstein be […]

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Lessons on Funding Women, Youth and Environment – AGAG 2014 Conference – PDF

PDF – 2014 – Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group – Summary of three sessions from the 2014 Annual Conference organized by members of AGAG on funding approaches and strategies in funding women, youth and environment projects. Added Value: The Effects of Investing in Rural Women’s Organizations- Session Organizers: New Field Foundation and the Global Fund for Women […]

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Listening to Youth: Market Research to Design Financial and Non-financial Services for Youth in Sub-Sahara Africa – PDF

PDF – 2011- MasterCard Foundation – Listening to Youth: Market Research to Design Financial and Non-financial Services for Youth in Sub-Sahara Africa is a report about YouthStart, initiative of the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and supported by funding from MasterCard Foundation. This report includes key findings and recommendations from the market research conducted by […]

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Looking Back, Building Forward: Lessons, Insights and Strategies – PDF

PDF – 2010 Retreat – The meeting reflected on trends in Africa over the past ten years.  There have been impressive advances but across the continent but communities still battle poverty, the impact of HIV/AIDS and economic disparities. International development aid and regional cooperation efforts have not been able to move the needle as far as […]

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Making the Right Fit: Supporting NGOs in Africa – PDF

PDF-2011 – Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group – Report-The findings and recommendations from this study AGAG conducted to explore attitudes and opinions about funding national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Africa directly or indirectly through intermediary organizations.  The findings are based on interviews with staff members of grantmaking, intermediary and non-governmental organizations. Our goals were to explore how […]

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MasterCard Foundation’S Work to Foster Economic Opportunities for Youth in Africa – PDF

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People’s Commission of Inquiry: Free State in Chains – PDF

The People’s Commission of Inquiry into the Free State Health System was held in Bloemfontein, Free State on July 7th and 8th of 2015. The inquiry was organized and hosted by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) but was set up as a public forum to enable people in the province to give testimony in front of an independent commission of inquiry.

This report acknowledges the dire situation in the province with regard to healthcare. It discusses each of the above findings and offers key recommendations for reform to ensure users of the public healthcare system can access quality services. The commission is committed to working together with communities, healthcare professionals, the provincial government and all other interested parties in order to drastically improve conditions.

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Poverty in a Rising Africa – 2015 – PDF

PDF -2015- Poverty in a Rising Africa discusses the data challenges faced when measuring poverty and inequality in Africa. The report also systematically reviews the measures of poverty and inequality in both monetary and nonmonetary dimensions. Major points discussed in the report include: How measuring poverty in Africa remains a challenge Poverty in Africa may […]

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Responsive Philanthropy: Ebola 10.6.14 – PDF

PDF – 2014 – Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group: Responsive Philanthropy: Ebola 10.6.14 – The spread of Ebola in the West Africa countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone signal the need for an effective and robust response by the public and private philanthropic community. As a network of grantmakers who care about Africa, the Africa Grantmakers’ […]

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Responsive Philanthropy: Ebola 12.1.14 – PDF

PDF – 2014 – Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group – Responsive Philanthropy: Ebola 12.1.14 – The spread of Ebola in the West Africa countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone signal the need for an effective and robust response by the public and private philanthropic community. As a network of grantmakers who care about Africa, the Africa […]

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Rural Women Cultivating Change – Video

Video – 2011 – New Field Foundation’s funding is contributing to significant change. As rural organizations connect and gain momentum, their leaders are influencing changes in attitudes and policies. Their members are removing barriers and improving the quality of life as they overcome poverty, violence and injustice. Due to New Field Foundation funding, and the efforts […]

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Sizing the Field: Philanthropic Practice by Africans-PDF

PDF – 2013 – Southern Africa Trust –  This report by African Grantmakers Network was created to provide information  about the extent and nature of the field of African philanthropy. The report contributes to a new framework for a new narrative of African philanthropy – and to help build the field. Link – Sizing the […]

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Status of HIV/AIDS in Africa – Audio

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Supporting Organizational Capacity: Finding What Works and Making the Case – PDF

PDF – 2011 Retreat Report – The meeting explored three overarching issues facing funders supporting organizations in Africa:  What does organizational capacity mean and how to achieve it? What are the expectations and experiences of funding directly or through intermediaries? What to consider when investing in organizations when confronted with weak infrastructure? There was a clear consensus […]

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The Other Foundation: Participatory Grant Making: A Success Story from Southern Africa-PDF

PDF – 2014 – The Other Foundation – The Other Foundation is an African trust for advancing human rights in southern Africa, it focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. This report outlines the pilot grant making phase of the foundation where the public was able to nominate via open call 12 […]

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The Philanthropic Landscape in the U.S: A Topology of Trends – PDF

PDF-2013 – Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group t-This paper was commissioned by the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group as a background paper for our strategic planning process. The findings were presented at the 2013 Annual Retreat by its author, Sandra Bass, a philanthropy consultant.  It highlights key trends in American philanthropy and implications for funders interested in […]

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U. S. Foundation Funding for Africa – 2015 Edition – PDF

U.S. Foundation Funding for Africa. 2015 – PDF – examines changes in funding over a decade and provides a detailed portrait of giving in 2012. It compares differences in funding for organizations headquartered in Africa and funding for activities focused on Africa implemented by organizations headquartered outside of Africa.   This first-ever overview of foundation funding specifically for continental […]

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Understanding the Opportunity for Impact Investing in Africa – Audio

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Where Global Meets Local: Realizing Human Rights on the Ground – Video

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Women’s Rights to Natural Resources – PDF

PDF – 2012 – The long-term well-being of the planet, its peoples and natural resources is of global concern to governments and civil society. As we face the 21st century challenges of climate change, growing population, and increasing demands on natural resources, it is relevant and strategic to consider the contribution of women in defining […]

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Youth at Work: Building Economic Opportunities for Young People in Africa-PDF

PDF – 2015 – MasterCard Foundation- This report by the MasterCard Foundation is a review of its Economic Opportunities for Youth programs reveals instructive examples of how holistic approaches can be designed and implemented in Sub-Saharan Africa and highlights themes, principles and points of evidence that can help further guide practices in this field. Link […]

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