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Supporting Transformative Change in Africa: Wallace Global Fund

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Member Spotlight*

This week’s member spotlight focus is on the Wallace Global Fund (WGF). The mission of WGF is to fight injustice and protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends.The Fund supports organizations creating transformative change to promote democracy, human rights, public health and a sustainable planet.   

WGF Executive Director Dr. Ellen Dorsey was a speaker at the AGAG 2017 Conference and shared the work of the Fund to engage the philanthropy community in addressing two of the most urgent issues affecting the African continent today: climate change and energy poverty.  Dr. Dorsey shared the success of Divest-Invest Philanthropy that was launched in January 2014 by the Wallace Global Fund to support the wider divestment movement resulting in institutions and individuals controlling assets of more than $3.4 trillion pledging some form of divestment.  She accepted the 2016 Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Award for Brave Philanthropy from CIVICUS on behalf of the signatories of Divest-Invest Philanthropy for their commitment to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions.

 The Wallace Global Fund has also been a partner in supporting effects to strengthen civil society and democracy in Zimbabwe through the Zimbabwe Alliance (ZimAlliance).  The ZimAlliance is a donor collaborative formed in 2010 and assists organizations through grants, training, and technical assistance. The other partners include TrustAfrica, the Schooner Foundation, and the International Development Exchange.  The following organizations are examples of the work being supported by the ZimAlliance: 

  • Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, the largest civil group, working to promote democracy, human rights and good governance in Zimbabwe. 
  • Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), a women-specific movement leading campaigns for gender justice and political freedom. 
  • Magamba Cultural Activist Network that promotes the vision of freedom through youth activism and new media journalism. 
  • Habakkuk Trust is working to enhances citizen participation through education and social justice advocacy programs at community levels. 
  • Zimvoices, an association of key civil society organizations, formed to push for transparency and accountability of the electoral processes within Zimbabwe. 

For more information on the Wallace Global Fund, visit their website

  • Member Spotlight highlights how members of AGAG are working to promote robust, effective, and responsive philanthropy to benefit African communities. 

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