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Ese Emerhi

Analysis 2 Ese Emerhi and Chinedu Nwagu 13 March 2023

Finding the middle ground between form and function for community philanthropy in Nigeria

In Nigeria, the realities on the ground don’t always match up with the way funders operate. What would it look like if there was a system that supported small and local groups doing direct action? …

Interview 1 Ese Emerhi 28 February 2023

Sarah Mukasa on African philanthropy and why trust matters

I was lucky enough to catch up with Sarah Mukasa, Division Director, Women’s Rights at Open Society-Africa, in Entebbe, Uganda, after her plenary session ‘Strengthening an Infrastructure for African Philanthropy’ at the most recent African …

Conference reports Ese Emerhi and Tarisai Jangara 16 December 2022

Driving change: A new moment for African Philanthropy at the African Philanthropy Network Assembly 2022

The African Philanthropy Network (APN) Assembly in 2022 (co-hosted by the East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN), CivSource, and Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF)) was the first assembly since the 2018 Assembly in Mauritius. The Covid-19 …

Opinion 1 Eshban Kwesiga and Ese Emerhi 15 September 2021

Trust is the currency of life – and the accelerator for community-led change

This article is part of a series of articles about Community-Led Philanthropy, co-hosted by GlobalGiving. The conversation explores the ways philanthropy can support community-led change.  There is an African proverb that goes ‘he who does not …

Opinion Nkasi Wodu and Ese Emerhi 9 June 2020

Bad philanthropy: The rinsing of toxic money

Last weekend, Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol, England, toppled a statue of Edward Colston, an English merchant who made his money off the slave trade. Colston was also ‘Bristol’s most famous philanthropist’, according to …