Where Philanthropy and Civil Society Meet
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CivSource–Africa is an independent non-profit advisory organization that seeks to refine the practice and footprint of philanthropy in Africa, for authentic civic engagement. We are pioneers in the space where philanthropy and civil society meet and seek to foster an environment that nurtures mutually beneficial relationships and stewardship of entrusted resources. We provide thought leadership on strategic financing models for effective philanthropy and civic engagement. We also facilitate open and informed conversations pertaining to philanthropic giving and civil society organizations.
Is short for civil society. Funding civil society strengthens their human rights work as critical partners in advancing good governance and development. Civ also ensures that our focus and that of funders remains the people and not the money.
We are a source of information and advice to funders on a spectrum of issues such as human rights, socio-political context, and other areas. To civil society we are a source of support to advance their potential.
Is the way we define the geographical, cultural and ideological space within which we operate, and it also speaks to our roots and grounding in our continent.
Mr. Sekajugo Collin, a Ugandan visual artist, is the third recipient of the prestigious annual human rights award. This award recognizes and celebrates extraordinary contributions of individuals to the field of human rights. It is given to individuals that have a stellar record in the advancement of human rights in Uganda.
The third annual Human Rights Convention organized by Chapter Four Uganda happened on 9th May, 2019. The overall theme of this year’s gathering was ‘Citizen Participation in Governance and Rule of Law’ and it brought together a number of partners that included Diakonia, Centre for Public Analysis (CEPA), CivSource Africa, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Uganda, Akina Mama wa Africa, Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability (UCCA) and Embassy of Sweden in Uganda. More
Refining the practice and footprint of philanthropy for effective civic engagement in Africa
When African philanthropy is stripped down to its bare minimum, there are fundamental aspects worth exploring here. Everything from individuals to informal and formal groups play a unique role in it. Also, the mediums used to give donations play an important role too. This will be a surface level look at philanthropy as it relates to more African prosperity. More
A major fire has engulfed the medieval cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, one of France’s most famous landmarks. The French President Emmanuel Macron called for donations for reconstruction and a number of French billionaires and big companies have very quickly responded. More
Around the world, people are calling for the redistribution of wealth. This rise in economic populism seeks to strip the corrupt powers that be of their riches and instead empower ‘the people,’ whether they be disenfranchised individuals or small businesses. Big business has, unfortunately, been a driver of these sentiments, having earned itself a bad reputation for reasons ranging from income inequality to the inappropriate use of corporate power. This has placed large multinational corporations on the defensive, struggling to protect their brands and win back popular support. More
The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, has launched the Philanthropy in China report which highlights key trends, opportunities and challenges that philanthropists – both Chinese and international – can leverage to maximise their impact. More
This April, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) hosted the Greater Giving Summit in Seattle. Bringing together over 170 participants from all over the world, the goals of the Summit were to facilitate new insights; engage with bold ideas and opportunities; and to connect people, projects and concepts, all revolving around promoting greater charitable giving around the world. More
The current report is an effort to put diversity back at the heart of philanthropy by drawing a comprehensive and provocative picture of current trends and challenges the world over – from individual forms of giving to community philanthropy and structured, institutional giving. More
According to the 2018 Global Giving Trends, the top 5 donated to causes were Children and youth (15%), Health and wellness (10.8%), Animals and wildlife (10.5%), Human and social services (8.1%) and Hunger and homelessness (7.6%).
54% of donors worldwide preferred to give Online with a credit or debit card while only 10% used the traditional bank/wire transfer system. In Africa, however, the trend is slightly different with 32% preferring to give cash, 25% online, 15% through a mobile app/wallet and 14% by bank/wire transfer.
Each of these, however, have played or continue to play fundamental roles in mass -based action demanding political, civic and socio-economic rights. Each of these is based on the African continent. Yet not a single one, or any of the other multitudes of African-based movements, is referenced in any of the literature on philanthropy and social movements to the best of my knowledge. More
Darren Walker, the President of Ford Foundation says there should be loud “shouts” of ‘glorious tongues at the coming of hope’ for philanthropy in 2019.
In the era of great challenges that this crucial sector faces, such as the “undemocratic nature of wealth and philanthropy”, structural racism in many parts of the world and a “rigged economic system” that strengthen the economic and social structures that separate the haves from the have-nots..More
In the March 2017 issue, Alliance magazine associate editor Andrew Milner’s article “Shading in the blanks on the philanthropy advice map” explored the how the US and Europe might be exercising a distorting influence in the field of philanthropic advisory services. He also looked at those locations around the globe in which the sector has yet to develop. However, I would respectfully add to that analysis a failure to intentionally engage donors of colour of wealth, particularly those from the African Diaspora.