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EDGE Funders poses the big questions

Niamani Mutima 28 May 2013

The EDGE Funders Alliance Just Giving conference asked the questions: what is to be done and how do we do it? Current trends in philanthropy that encourage more focus on investing philanthropic resources to maximize …

Participating in a global community helps you innovate locally

3 Paula Jancso Fabiani 3 May 2013

The Global Philanthropy Forum, a community of nearly 1,800 donors and social investors, has held its 2013 conference in the middle of April in San Francisco. The event focused on debating ongoing issues like hunger, …

Development is the democratization of problem-solving: Patrick Awuah and Ashesi University

1 Peter Laugharn 30 April 2013

I wrote yesterday about Salman Khan and the enthusiasm he is generating for work in education by social entrepreneurs and new philanthropists. Sal Khan is an investment analyst by training with an entrepreneurial engineer’s sense …

And the winner of the first Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize is …

1 Alliance magazine 15 April 2013

It is with great pleasure and pride that we can now announce the first winners of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize: Jane Weru and Kingsley Mucheke of the Akiba Mashinani Trust, Kenya. We have chosen …

Funding women’s rights in the DRC: perspectives of a local women’s fund

2 Nyota Babunga 8 April 2013

Over the past 18 years, the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced ongoing conflict, with escalating sexual violence capturing the attention of people everywhere, including funders and the international media. …

Measurement? There are many ways to define impact

Jenny Conrad 26 March 2013

As with many such events, at the most recent Social Investor Breakfast Club, held in London on 21 March, the discussion on ‘Impact Investing in Africa’ led to an acknowledgement that the term impact can …

Woods, trees and the rise of African philanthropy

Jenny Hodgson 23 November 2012

In the early 1990s, I spent a year living and working in Uganda. One day I was with some friends driving back from a trip to one of the beautiful game parks there. It was …

Accountability in a changing world: reflections from the AGN Assembly

2 Ana Paula Borges Pinho 14 November 2012

The prominent role large foundations are increasingly playing, along with various high-profile initiatives encouraging giving, have drawn public interest to philanthropy more than ever. This renewed attention has brought with it new responsibilities, just as …

African philanthropy on the move: celebrating the AGN Assembly

4 Barry Smith 7 November 2012

Over the last several months, I have had the pleasure of being part of the organizing team for the Second Biennial African Grantmakers Network (AGN) Assembly – What’s New? What’s Now? What’s Next: Growing African …

African Grantmakers Network Assembly: What’s new? Now? Different?

Colleen du Toit 6 November 2012

At the outset let me say that these blogging notes are my own impressions of key themes emerging from a fantastically rich African Grantmakers Network Assembly experience. I am not aspiring to cover the entire …