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Rural Women: Powerful Agents of Change

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Member Spotlight* The New Field Foundation partners with rural women’s organizations to create change that benefits their communities.   New Field works with its partners to document progress, capture stories and collect data.  They have created a number of publications to share their learnings. New Field  also supports their partners to publish their findings on issues […]


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 […]


Face the Truth: Challenges of Building Locally Led NGOs

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The 2016 Retreat encouraged funders to be more introspective and consider if they are listening, learning and taking action to maximize the impact of philanthropy on addressing the challenges facing African communities. In her “ted talk” style presentation Saran Kaba Jones, Founder and President of Face Africa shared her perspective on the implications of power imbalances […]


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 […]


A Brief Overview of the U.S. Foundation Funding for Africa Report

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The U.S. Foundation Funding for Africa represents a first- ever examination of grantmaking by the nation’s foundation community specifically focused on continental Africa. Prepared by Foundation Center in cooperation with Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, this report captures all U.S. foundation funding focused on Africa, regardless of recipient location. We begin with an examination of the change […]


Solutions for Financial Inclusion: Serving Rural Women – PDF

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PDF – 2012 – This 2012 report, published by Women’s World Banking (WWB), highlights the findings of a gender research study in Uganda with low-income rural women and men with small- or medium sized farms. It sets out the specific gender-based social, cultural and legal barriers that rural women face in accessing and using financial services […]


Early Learning Innovation Fund Evaluation Final Report

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The Hewlett Foundation commissioned Management Systems International to conduct a formative evaluation of the Early Learning Innovation Fund. The Fund began in 2011 as part of the Quality Education in Developing Countries (QEDC) Initiative, a partnership between the Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This report is part of a series of […]


Groundbreaking Research Reveals Changes in Funding for Africa

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New report reveals foundation funding for Africa increased by 400% over past decade Washington, D.C —November 18, 2015. 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. According to new research released today by the two organizations, foundation grants targeting Africa […]