For funders and others investing and working in Africa, having access to accurate and up-to-date information about philanthropic activity is critical. To meet this need, Foundation Center, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the King Baudouin Foundation recently launched Equal Footing, a freely accessible online tool that provides the data and knowledge needed to make informed funding decisions and maximize impact.
With an initial focus on Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi, Equal Footing makes it easy to scan the landscape of philanthropic funding. It includes more than 1,000 foundation and NGO profiles, social sector research, maps detailing funding activities, and case studies on grantmakers both in and outside the US. These resources enable users to see what types of development projects are under way, what solutions have had a measurable impact, and what needs are currently under-served.
Equal Footing is part of Foundation Center’s growing array of Knowledge Services that blend information, analysis and technology to benefit the social sector. These data-driven tools and content-rich platforms are designed for funders and their networks, consultants, advisers, and grantees.