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Philanthropy in a recession

Shelagh Gastrow 11 August 2017

In principle, philanthropy should be focusing on organisations that are involved in systemic change and government should be supporting those organisations that deal with basic human requirements. In that case, non-profits are unlikely to be …


Interview: Maurice Makoloo of the Ford Foundation

Alliance magazine 1 August 2017 For Subscribers

When it comes to relations between civil society and business, it’s not a straightforward case of angels versus demons, says Maurice Makoloo, the regional director of the Ford Foundation in eastern Africa. What stops them …


Mobilization and power shift are key to community development

Era Shrestha and Srijana Thapa 12 July 2017

Is community-driven development just a fad or an achievable vision? Can a very (economically) poor community invest in its own development? These were some of the central questions of the 20th anniversary Kenya Community Development …

Organizations #ShiftThePower through becoming self-sustainable

Constant Cap 28 June 2017

A workshop on Building Organizational Assets and Community Power at the Kenya Community Development Foundation  (KCDF) conference in Nairobi taught organizations sustainability strategies. The workshop was led by Subusiso Zwane of Southern Africa Trust and …

African philanthropy gaining momentum, new report suggests

Sarah Sabatke 27 June 2017

Philanthropic activity in Africa is gaining momentum according to the 2017 Wealth Report, sponsored by real estate business Knight Frank. The report, fully titled ‘The Wealth Report: The global perspective on prime property and investment,’ …

Philanthropy can eliminate neglected diseases

Bill Campbell 16 June 2017

Giving away money is hard work. Or at least it should be. Having spent 30 years leading businesses at JP Morgan Chase and Visa, I’ve picked up some habits that are hard to break in …

A new era for African philanthropy research

Gideon Boako 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

Academics with an interest in the African philanthropy landscape will gather at the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) conference in Accra, Ghana from 21–24 June. It is a gathering that is overdue. One …

New initiatives promote knowledge of African philanthropy

1 Amanda Aguilar 25 May 2017

While philanthropy is an integral aspect of African society, the study and promotion of African philanthropy is still developing. However, two African organizations – TrustAfrica and Southern Africa Trust – are seeking to change that. …

Winners celebrated at the Ghana National Philanthropy Forum

Ghana National Philanthropy Forum 4 April 2017

The Ghana National Philanthropy Forum, which also debuted the National Philanthropy Excellence Awards, took place at the Accra International Conference Center on 23 – 24 March, with the theme ‘Philanthropists as agents for national development’. The …

Why Kenyans give (or don’t)

Halie Dalton 20 March 2017

In a nationwide survey, Yetu conducted quantitative research in all 47 Kenyan counties in order to gain a greater understanding of philanthropic behaviour among Kenyans. Yetu, an organisation dedicated to building a better future in …