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Building Stronger Partnerships: Conversation With EJ Jacobs

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Conversation With * EJ Jacobs,  Program Director, Nduna Foundation and author of ” The Conversation: Candid Perspectives and Advice on Fundraising Shared By Donors and Nonprofits.” Niamani Mutima, AGAG Director, talks with EJ Jacobs about his book, “The Conversation: Candid Perspectives and Advice on Fundraising Shared by Donors and Nonprofits.” They discuss his extensive interviews with […]


Funding for Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Data in Dialogue: Sub-Saharan Africa By Rachel Thomas, Director of Research Initiatives at Human Rights Funders Network. This post was originally published on the Human Right Funders Network website on June 25, 2018 Almost half of the human rights funding for Sub-Saharan Africa is awarded to organizations outside the region.[i] Jeanne Elone of TrustAfrica is surprised and […]


2018 Conference Highlights

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Disrupting Silos, Connecting Conversations, Creating Impact Representatives of funding organizations from Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States attended the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG) 2018 Annual Conference in April. Discussion focused on approaches to leveraging philanthropy to benefit African communities and building closer ties between those working in philanthropy based […]


Health in Africa: Developing Drugs for Neglected Diseases

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Webinar* Conversation with Dr. Monique Wasunna and Stephanie Davies May 17, 2018 9:30 am -11:00 am EST Please note that you can join the webinar via the internet or using local numbers for the following countries: Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, United Kingdom, and the United States.  REGISTER FOR WEBINAR HERE* Neglected diseases such […]


Report Highlight: Why Africa Matters To US National Security

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.   Why Africa Matters to US National Security, written by Grant T. Harris, outlines why the persistent misconception that Africa is irrelevant to U.S. national security is “dangerous” and that “serious engagement in Africa is needed.”  Harris was former Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council.  Among […]


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 […]


Conversation with Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

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Supporting Women as Leaders: What Funders Should Consider The 2017 World Economic Forum on Africa offered three priority actions for harnessing the power of women: empower, educate and employ.   But what does it take to support women to become leaders in their fields and communities? What are key considerations for funders who seek to support women’s […]


Harnessing the Power of African Women: AWDF

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Member Spotlight* African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) supports local, national and regional women-led organizations across Africa. As the first pan-African grant-making foundation, AWDF envisions a world where African women have social justice, equality, and respect for their rights and it works to mobilize financial resources to achieve this vision. AWDF champions African women in several ways. They focus […]


Championing the Environment: Global Greengrants Fund

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Member Spotlight* The Global Greengrants Fund (GGF) supports the efforts of communities to protect and restore their environments. GGF believes that solutions to environmental harm and social injustice come directly from those whose lives are affected. Since 1993, Global Greengrants Fund has made more than $71 million in grants to groups in 168 countries. GGF has […]