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Cross-sector cooperation needed to combat East Africa’s hunger crisis

Aid & International Development Forum 20 October 2017

The combination of drought, El Niño and conflict has left East Africa struggling to survive. The region is facing a monumental hunger crisis with 24 million people affected in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan. …


Red Cross launch world’s first humanitarian impact bond

Alliance magazine 12 September 2017

The world’s first ‘Humanitarian Impact Bond’ has been launched by The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to improve the financing of aid in conflict-hit countries. The Humanitarian Impact Bond, set up by the …


Vois Africa gives voice to young African philanthropists 

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Vois Africa was established after the first African Youth in Philanthropy Conference in Arusha, Tanzania in 2015. The conference revealed the lack of a youth agenda in philanthropy and that young people were not adequately represented or included on the relevant platforms where …

Data strategy and capacity building in East Africa 

Foundation Center 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

In East Africa, giving is a key driver behind community development, and the practice of philanthropy ranges from a wide variety of community giving models, to family philanthropy, faith-based giving, and corporate philanthropy.   However, East …

Interview: Michael Faye of GiveDirectly

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Cash transfers account for less than 5 per cent of development aid, yet there is strong evidence to suggest that they are effective, borne out by the experience of GiveDirectly. Its co-founder, Michael Faye, tells Charles Keidan how the approach …

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,’ …