This month marks the end of Caroline Hartnell’s tenure at Alliance magazine, and it brings us great pleasure to highlight her outstanding contributions to WINGS and to the field of philanthropy with a few words from our members and partners.
Chris Delatorre (WINGS) reports on the International Conference on Social Media for Good, linking the Post-2015 Agenda and the concept of diffuse collaboration to a new framework for distributed social networking. “If diffuse reciprocity represents the exchange of items of nonequivalent value, then distributed social technology is the best substrate for realizing a system in which every contribution, large and small, is recognized within a greater ecosystem of social reality and practice, and met with gratitude.”
Niamani Mutima (AGAG) recaps this year’s annual conference for the organization’s 15th anniversary. “‘Generation Next: Young People Shaping Africa’s Future’ was a timely topic, but ‘youth’ is a complex term, and even if you narrow down the age range — in this case 15 to 30 — it’s still challenging for grantmakers to figure out the best approach to match their foundation’s mission.”
Niamani Mutima (AGAG), Theo Sowa (AWDF) and Andrea Johnson (Carnegie Corporation of New York) talk about the triumphs and challenges of Africa’s youth, and why “harnessing their potential and creating an enabling environment for young men and young women to make their mark on the world is important to everyone”.
Niamani Mutima, executive director of Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, describes the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa as affecting “a range of interconnected social systems, from governance to education to food security”. For our latest interview, we asked Mutima for her view on responsive philanthropy, and to share how AGAG plans to bring needed attention to the network of organizations working with the local communities most affected by the outbreak.