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"African philanthropy is not a new phenomenon,  it is characterized by "Dynamic Localism" - people stepping up & stepping in to mobilize local resources to determine and drive their own development."
Ese Emerhi, Global Network Weaver, Global Fund for Community Foundations
'Mobilizing Philanthropy for Africa's Development'
MAY 2021 NEWSLETTER 
Dear Colleague,

In a survey carried out by our partner Alliance Magazine, four out of five people think climate change will be the dominant issue in philanthropy in the next 25 years. As both World Environment and Ocean Days are observed in June, it's time we explore green skills & opportunities, circular economy and sustainable climate innovations. 

With climate funding only making up 2% of total global giving and an even lesser amount channeled into urgent sustainable conservation in Africa,  we must explore how philanthropy can solve biodiversity in  Africa. We invite you to apply to and share our curated grant opportunities, surveys, news & events  with your own network. Also be sure to look through our website for more updates. 

 
As always, connect with us on our various online platforms and let us know  here if you would like to partner with us. 

Let's all join in #GenerationRestoration.
Philanthropy  Circuit
 Feature
Our feature for the month is the recently relaunched Philanthropy Forum Uganda which brings together institutions and individuals engaged in philanthropy in Uganda to interact, share information and engage in efforts that promote philanthropy.  The Forum further seeks to increase the recognition and contribution of the philanthropy sector to the national development agenda. Read more here.
Circuit News
The East Africa Giving Research is Live!  

The role of philanthropy in driving socio-economic development cannot be ignored. The East Africa Giving Research seeks to understand drivers of local giving, emerging trends and identify opportunities for growth.

Are you an organisation working in East Africa? Share your feedback with the East African Philanthropy Network on their Giving Research. Take the survey here.

 
ACT Foundation is Collating Data Through the African Nonprofits Technology Survey

ACT Foundation needs your help to understand the level of technology adoption in African Nonprofits and identify the most pressing tech needs in the sector.   
 
ACT Foundation is inspired by the incredible and selfless work of nonprofits and belief that technology has a critical role to play in helping mission-focused organizations respond to new challenges, serve more communities and become resilient.

Kindly share your thoughts in this 10-15 minutes survey.
Take part here
Cloud Computing Opportunities & Challenges for Nonprofits

On May 21 2021, Philanthropy Circuit shared civil society perspectives on cloud computing in a webinar organised with the West Africa Civil Society Institute - WACSI, the Nigeria Network of NGOs - NNNGO, and Cloud Computing Architect  Samuel Adranyi - Founder of Afrilogic Solutions. 

Cloud computing bring benefits such as greater global interconnectivity, data access & protection, and scaled up productivity amongst others. However, the nuances of Africa's digital culture -  limited data availability & connectivity, a lack of digital literacy and requisite technical expertise presents challenges to nonprofits. How can these be manoeuvred?  Watch the replay here.
Localisation Agenda: Questioning the Intermediary Donor System 

#ICYMI Philanthropy Circuit Program Coordinator, Eme Iniekung,  was part of a panel in a webinar series organized by the West African Civil Society Institute on  April 29, 2021.

Catch the panelists insights into gaps in the intermediary donor funding system characterized by; restrictive funding, transactional funding processes, imbalanced power dynamics, and a disconnect between donor and beneficiaries here.

 
Upcoming Events
Giving The African Way: Introducing the Kisima Resilience Fund 
 
The Centre for African Philanthropy and Social Investment - CAPSI is launching a continental campaign to highlight African giving through positive story telling across the African continent, as well as hosting conversations on how Africans can mobilise resources towards the public good. 

This first campaign will focus on supporting the AU CDC in raising the required resources to procure adequate vaccines for the continent.  


Date: 3 June 2021
Access: Free
Register
The IFC Sustainability Exchange 

Join a community of global sector leaders at #IFCEXCHANGE to explore TECHNOLOGY to foster ethical and equitable advancement, TRUST and mutual understanding to address disparities and promote public good and TRANSFORMATION for society to become more equal, prosperous, and resilient. 

Date: June 9 2021
Access: Free
Register here
Echoing Green Big Bold Benefit

Join Echoing Green's Big Bold Benefit 2021, a virtual celebration of the collective impact of a global community of social innovators! The program will feature next-generation change-makers whose visionary leadership at the intersection of racial justice and social innovation represent the transformational change the world needs.

Date: 15 June 2021
Access: Free
Register here
Reports
Community Driven Systems Change Report
 

This Firelight Foundation report was created over a three-year period across nine countries, beginning in 2017. 

The Foundation undertook a process of inquiry, learning, co-creation, and validation with community-based organizations (CBOs) that produced these recommendations for philanthropic reform. 

The report provides a robust outline for how funders can center CBOs in their philanthropic work by moving through the “what, why, and how” of community-driven systems change.

The report highlights the gap between how the global development sector and CBOs from eastern and southern Africa conceptualize success, effectiveness, and sustainability, while providing tools for donors to bring their work more into alignment with CBOs on the ground in communities. 

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CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report

Each year, CIVICUS publishes the State of Civil Society Report to analyse how contemporary events and trends are impacting on civil society and how civil society is responding to the major issues and problems of the day.

This is the 10th edition of the CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report, focusing on civil society action and developments affecting civil society in 2020, looking back over 10 years of civil society activity and highlighting key ideas for action in civil society in 2021 and beyond.

This report is of, from and for civil society, drawing from numerous in-depth interviews and online consultations with civil society activists, leaders and experts, and others close to the major stories of the year.

The 2021 report is also informed by CIVICUS’s ongoing programme of research, analysis and advocacy, and the work of our members, networks and partners, particularly the CIVICUS Monitor, an online platform that tracks civic space conditions in 196 countries.  


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Current Grants
Green Skills Innovation Challenge

Are you a Green Economy changemaker actively equipping people with green skills?Ashoka and HSBC are collaborating on the first-of-its-kind Green Skills Innovation Challenge. This competition is open to social entrepreneurs in selected markets with ventures that equip individuals & communities with the skills needed to thrive in the transition to a green economy. 

Grant size: USD 15,000 - 20,000
Deadline: 4 June 2021 
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MIT SOLVE 2021 Global Challenges

The 2021 MIT Solve Global Challenges are open!
Anyone, anywhere can submit a solution to any of the five global challenges; Digital Inclusion, Equitable Classrooms, Resilient Ecosystems, Health Security & Pandemics Challenge,  Anti-racist Technology in the US.

Grant size: over USD 2,000,000

Deadline: 16 June 2021
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The Blue Action Fund 

The Blue Action Fund is seeking  grant proposals from NGOs with proven experience in coastal and marine conservation and sustainable livelihood development in the area, focusing on Africa’s Atlantic coast from Morocco to South Africa (for projects that can be completed within up to five years).  

NGOs must provide match funding of at least 25% of the total project costs (in exceptional cases more than 10%1 ). The Fund encourages applications by consortia of NGOs that include local implementing partners.

Grant size: USD 4,000,000
Deadline: 25 June 2021
Read more
Upcoming United Nations Global Campaign Days

June 1  - Global Day of Parents
June 5  - World Environment Day

June 8  - World Oceans Day
June 12 - World Day Against Child Labor
June  20 - World Refugee Day  
June  27 -  Micro, Small and Medium-size Enterprises Day

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