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Africa In Focus: August 2015 Regional Newsletter

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Network Events

Employee Volunteering Conference
22-23 Sep, Johannesburg

The Other Foundation, Freedom For All
28-30 Sep, Soweto SA

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Glasspockets find: Open Philanthropy Project forms new partnership with Instagram co-founder. Foundation Center's Glasspockets facilitates candid and constructive conversation about foundation transparency and accountability.

NEW! The new Alliance app makes it easier than ever to access Alliance magazine. Download the free app today from the Mac App Store or Google Play and get free access to the June 2015 issue. Alliance magazine features articles by key thinkers from around the world. WINGS members get a 20% discount on new subscriptions.

Ending energy poverty by 2030: Katherine Johnston (Solar Aid) on why energy is the golden thread in development, and how a sustainable market for solar lights can help achieve universal access to energy.

Philanthropy In Quote

"One of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals developed by seventy nations (with the direct participation of 7.5 million people around the world) is to 'reduce inequality within and among nations.' So, why don’t more foundations embrace the term?" Brad Smith, Foundation Center


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Strengthening African philanthropy networks
This quarterly newsletter will focus on WINGS network news and work in Africa. Enjoy the read!

Network News

Philanthropy infrastructure in a transforming world
For the 2015 CIVICUS civil society report, Helena Monteiro (WINGS) highlights features of an enabling environment for philanthropy, and the role infrastructure support organizations play in helping to achieve them.

'Stop the Bleeding' seeks to end illicit financial flows from Africa
TrustAfrica is one of six Pan-African organizations to launch a unified campaign against illicit financial flows. This subject is a "key part of the conversations on Africa’s development road map".

Int'l Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa 
World leaders looked at how different sources of funding can support sustainable development, including the UN SDGs. WINGS members and partners Foundation Center, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and EFC, and OECD netFWD, hosted side events to discuss philanthropy’s contribution to the financing for development. African Philanthropy Network and the Southern Africa Trust also took part.

A Watershed Moment for African Philanthropy
The 2015 AGN Assembly was significant because, for the first time, members covered a majority of the costs. The network had previously relied on external funding. That in itself speaks of a maturing sector.

African Youth in Philanthropy and the AGN Conference
Global Alliance for Development Foundation and Nexus Africa hosted the first African Youth in Philanthropy Conference before the AGN Biennial Assembly this month. Article by Ashleigh Davids.

Ghana Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy
On July 09, Ghana joined Kenya, Indonesia and Colombia as a country of focus for the Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy to foster sustainable development.

Eye on Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim
Ibrahim recounts his journey to his work as a philanthropist and entrepreneur. In 2005 he shifted his focus to philanthropy. Proudly African, he wanted to influence transparency in governance.

Knowledge Center

State of Civil Society Report 2015
This new report from CIVICUS maps civil society’s current challenges and guides organizations as they develop their own responses.

Partnerships for Pro-Poor Policy Change in Africa
This report from Southern Africa Trust explores the experiences of its partners in coordinating collaborative campaigns for policy change.

The Landscape for Impact Investing in East Africa
The most comprehensive study of impact investment activity in East Africa to date, including highlights from 11 countries in the region.

Opportunities

[more] The Other Foundation is hiring for Head of Operations and Office Administrator positions. Contact admin@theotherfoundation.org for more.

[more] Contribute to the African Giving Knowledge Base. Submit your knowledge products to africanphilanthropy@trustafrica.org.

[more] John D. Gerhart Center at American University in Cairo is accepting abstract submissions for Takaful 2015, held in Abu Dhabi in November.

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