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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 […]


Innovation in Education: The Luminos Fund

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Member Spotlight* This month’s member spotlight highlights the Luminos Fund and their Speed School Program, an accelerated learning program. In September, 2017 the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an international initiative for innovation and collaboration in education, awarded the Luminos Fund’s Speed School project as a winner of its 2017 WISE Award, which recognizes and […]


Meeting Children’s Needs in Africa: Firelight Foundation

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Member Spotlight* Nurturing strong, healthy and happy children requires the collective efforts of the entire community. This member spotlight focus is on the Firelight Foundation that supports community organizations to mobilize their resources to help transform lives of marginalized children, youth, and families. Through their support to local organizations, they acknowledge that real change takes years […]


Empowering Women: Women Fund Tanzania

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We often overlook the work of local funding organizations in Africa. They are an important part of the philanthropy landscape and their impact is making a difference in lives of their communities.  One such grantmaking organization in Tanzania is the Women Fund Tanzania.  The Women Fund Tanzania (WFT) is Tanzania’s first and only women’s rights fund.  Their […]