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Winners of $3m Climate Breakthrough Awards awards announced

Alliance magazine 20 February 2021

Mohamed Adow, the Director of Power Shift Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, and Nicole Rycroft, the Executive Director of Canopy in Vancouver, Canada, were recently announced as winners of the Climate Breakthrough Award. The award is …


When Covid came for Africa’s third sector

Shaninomi Eribo 16 February 2021 For Subscribers

Almost a year ago, the widespread outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus the fragile state of health infrastructure in most African countries. As infections spread across the continent, the ability of national …


Safety and wellbeing: promising funder practices to support partners

Alison Miranda, Vanina Serra and Wedad Bseiso 12 February 2021

Restrictive legislation, targeted attempts to surveil or hack, threats to physical safety: these are only some of the constraints facing activists and organisations, mainly imposed by government and private sector actors, restricting or shrinking civic …

Pooled funder African Visionary Fund commits $1m in core support to African-led organisations

Alliance magazine 10 February 2021

African Visionary Fund – a pooled fund with support from partners such as the King Baudouin Foundation US, Segal Family Foundation, Skoll Foundation, and Tawingo Fund – have announced $1 million in general operating support …

Aid spending in Africa must be African-led – it needs a Black Lives Matter reckoning

Dedo Baranshamaje and Katie Bunten-Wamaru 25 January 2021

If we use this pivotal moment to shift funding to grassroots groups we could unlock transformational change. While the US continues to reckon with its long-simmering struggle against racial injustice, it is important to remember …

New registry looks at corporate social responsibility in Ghana

Alliance magazine 14 January 2021

The African Institute of Philanthropy (AISTIPHI) and Philanthropy Space have launched a registry looking at corporate social responsibility among businesses in Ghana. The registry, which was released this month, receives, verifies, and publishes official reports …

Collaboration and community in the fight against climate change

Dory Trimble and Laura García 11 January 2021

The Honnold Foundation (HF) and Global Greengrants Fund are both fighting climate change at the grassroots level. We fuel climate movements built and mobilised by community leaders worldwide, directly supporting the people at the frontlines …

The pandemic and its shadow: lessons in standing with women’s rights organisations

1 Bethan Cansfield and Chiara de Luca 3 January 2021

As the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, a shadow pandemic of violence against women and girls is emerging around the world. Like many organisations, the Sigrid Rausing Trust’s grantees are sounding the alarm about …

Reaching youth with sexual health information in rural Zambia demands innovation

Mavis Banda 29 December 2020

Kalumba, 19, lives with his grandmother in a remote rural community on Mbabala island on Bangweulu, Zambia’s largest lake. He lost his parents at a young age. The island, located in Samfya district, is home …

Governments cannot squander lessons of Covid-19 in working with civil society

Daniel Ferrell-Schweppenstedde 23 December 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed many flaws in government policies and relationships around the world, from the underfunding of health services to public mistrust of official advice. But in our sector, one of the most …