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In Nigeria, philanthropy’s COVID-19 response raises questions

Shaninomi Eribo 30 June 2020

At the end of February, the first case of COVID-19 in Nigeria was recorded in the city of Lagos – the nation’s defacto commercial capital with a population of almost 20 million people, about 4 …

Alliance magazine, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy to host upcoming webinar on global practice of philanthropy

Alliance magazine 30 June 2020

The University of Cambridge Judge Business School Centre for Strategic Philanthropy will join Alliance magazine on Wednesday, 1 July at 16:00 CET for a webinar looking at understanding and improving the global practice of philanthropy. …

Benban solar park in Egypt receives $4 billion in funding

Alliance magazine 25 June 2020

Egypt’s Benban park, a 37 square kilometre solar park in Aswan desert with over seven million photovoltaic panels, has received $4 billion in funding from thirty international infrastructure developers. Among the investors is infrastructure fund …

Facilitate development from below and from within: Seven practice-based recommendations for philanthropists

4 Fons van der Velden and Ntombi Nyathi 23 June 2020

World Bank data indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to cause the first increase in global poverty since 1998. Organisations such as Oxfam International argue therefore that it is the time ‘for bold and …

Africa’s Business Heroes prize competition launched by Jack Ma Foundation

Alliance magazine 17 June 2020

The Jack Ma Foundation has launched its ‘Africa’s Business Heroes’ prize competition for the second year in a row. The competition is organised by the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative, the Jack Ma’s flagship philanthropic programme …

Bad philanthropy: The rinsing of toxic money

Nkasi Wodu and Ese Emerhi 9 June 2020

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 …

Peer dialogue: Achieving solidarity needs a brave strategy

1 Halima Mahomed and Theo Sowa 2 June 2020 For Subscribers

Guest editor, Halima Mahomed talks to Theo Sowa, CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) about how funders can support social movements Halima Mahomed: Most institutional philanthropy goes to particular types of institutionalised civic …

The quality of the relationship

Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan 2 June 2020 For Subscribers

Philanthropy can be an effective ally for social movements if the two can develop relationships based on trust I was born and raised in The Gambia, which for 22 years was ruled by the world’s …

Bridging the divide between NGOs and social movements

Nana Asantewa Afadzinu and James Savage 2 June 2020 For Subscribers

Differences between formal NGOs and social movements have kept them apart, but it doesn’t have to be that way Progressive civic activism of all stripes is under attack, and targeted further under the pretext of …

Working together to make the difference

Ghislain Muhiwa 2 June 2020 For Subscribers

If foundations are to help bring about the meaningful changes that people in Africa want, they need to support social movements For several years, rising injustice and social inequality have been the catalyst for social …