African Youth in Philanthropy and the AGN Conference

The African Grantmakers Network (AGN) held its third Biennial Assembly in Arusha in July. Themed “Philanthropy in Africa 2015 – People, Policy and Practice”, it brought together leaders in the field to discuss actions that will contribute to and sustain the growth of African economies. The program focused on incorporating contributions from by critical constituencies such as women and youth. Article by Ashleigh Davids.

Grantmakers — can you hear the call to support Africa’s small-scale farmers?

In his report from the African Grantmakers Network Assembly in Arusha, Yves Niyiragira (Fahamu) highlights grassroots initiatives that seek to promote agro-ecological policies for food security and sovereignty in Africa, calling on major grantmakers for their support. “How do we help to amplify the voices of rural women farmers who promote agro-ecological farming so that their message is heard all over the world?”

Distributed communication can help us reach our Sustainable Development Goals

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.”

Philanthropication thru Privatization: A way to build charitable assets?

Ezra Mbogori of the African Grantmakers Network saw PtP as providing an ‘important’ opportunity to free African civil society organizations from sole dependence on external funding and create meaningful, local sources of revenue. Jenny Hodgson of the Global Fund for Community Foundations echoed this observation and agreed that there are important possibilities to use the PtP concept to buttress a number of promising but still struggling community foundations in the South. Article by Lester Salamon.

Reflections from the AGN Assembly

The prominent role large foundations are increasingly playing, along with various high-profile initiatives encouraging giving, have drawn public interest to philanthropy more than ever. This renewed attention has brought with it new responsibilities, just as the public—empowered by the spread of technology and social media tools—grows more inquisitive. Transparency and accountability from governments, companies, NGOs and foundations are no longer options but necessities.