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Strengthening local development by social enterprise in Kenya

Alliance magazine 10 June 2019

WE!Hub Victoria Ltd. (WeTu for short) is a social enterprise founded by Siemens Stiftung which works across seven locations on Lake Victoria on solutions for drinking water and energy supply, as well as in the …


Funding unchained: an activist approach to unlocking LGBTQI leadership in West Africa

4 Caroline Kouassiaman 17 May 2019

Today, on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), I won’t be at a LGBTQI community event or a film screening. Rather, I will be on a six-hour bus ride with my colleague Olumide, …


UNHCR unveils Refugee Zakat Fund

Alliance magazine 11 May 2019

The United Nations Refugee Agency has launched a new global structure that transforms UNHCR’s existing Zakat programme into a global fund aimed at aiding the most vulnerable displaced populations while meeting the needs of Islamic …

Pan-African investor network unveiled

Alliance magazine 26 April 2019

The African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA) was unveiled this month, which has been described as a unique network for social investors to fund innovative organisations tackling the continent’s social, environmental and economic challenges. Headquartered in Nairobi, …

Interview: Vijay and Umayal Eswaran

Andrew Milner 23 April 2019 For Subscribers

When Vijay Eswaran founded the QI Group of Companies in the 1990s with a number of partners, one of its premises was that some of its profits should fund social initiatives. Later, and with QI grown …

Momentum and interest in philanthropy is growing in Ghana

Alliance magazine 1 April 2019

Dr. Ben Ocra, Director of the Ghana Philanthropy Forum, discussed philanthropy trends in Ghana during an interview conducted by the Association of German Foundations. Ocra identified three ‘broad issues’ that will be at the forefront …

African philanthropy equals more prosperity – Part III

Tony K Ansah Jr 17 March 2019

When African philanthropy is stripped down to its bare minimum, there are fundamental aspects worth exploring here. Everything from individuals to informal and formal groups play a unique role in it. Also, the mediums used …

Sierra Leone and IFAD announce project to combat rural poverty

Alliance magazine 10 March 2019

A new project through the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of Sierra Leone aims to improve rural poverty through techniques in modernizing agriculture. This Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (AVDP) will …

System transformation? It’s in the genes

Sandro Giuliani 5 March 2019

Systems change is more than just a popular catchphrase, but its effectiveness depends on aligning strategies with a foundation’s institutional DNA Is system transformation an end in itself, an effective means to achieve a strategic …

Moving with movements

Solomé Lemma 5 March 2019

How should funders understand and respond to the forces that create systems change? Amidst Guatemala’s civil war, a small group of women in Santiago Sacatepéquez came together in 1988 to address chronic malnutrition and the …