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African Proverbs on Giving & Generosity

July 10, 2020

CivSource Africa presents a compilation of African proverbs on giving and generosity.CivSource started a campaign called #OmutimaOmugabi (A Heart that Gives) to find, highlight, document, and celebrate the ways in which Africans give. This little 'Book of Proverbs' is the outcome of that effort.

Cultures of Giving; North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa

Philanthropy in the Arab Region

March 22, 2018

The report provides an overview of the current state of philanthropy in the Arabregion, particularly shining a light on new areas and innovation within philanthropy,and the implications of these for its future role. We hope this will enable us to betteraddress the question: how do we support and build philanthropy's role as an agentof social change?

Enabling environment and civic space; Middle East; North Africa

Global Philanthropy Data Charter - Arab Foundations Forum Case Study

July 31, 2017

The Charter was created as part of a collaborative process to help guide the philanthropic sector's data-related work and instil a data culture. The updated Charter it is soon to be released as a toolkit along with 4 of our Members' Case Studies – as the third organization to present its case study, the Arab Foundations Forum gives us a framework on the environment of collecting data in the Arab Region.

Data and technology, Information and Communications; Middle East; North Africa

Claiming Agency: Reflecting on TrustAfrica's First Decade

November 29, 2016

While this is a book about TrustAfrica as a philanthropy institution thataims to mediate resources – fiscal and otherwise – towards a more justsociety, we are but one cog in the wheel; the programme achievementsare a testament to the cumulative efforts of the hundreds of partners onthe ground who are working every day to address these critical challenges,in what are fluid and challenging contexts.

Enabling environment and civic space; North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa

The state of Arab philanthropy and the case for change

July 13, 2016

The Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) has spent the past two years studyingthe landscape in which the forum functions. AFF, as a membership-basednetwork of philanthropic foundations based in and/or working in the Arabregion, is uniquely positioned to canvass the region's donors, grantmakers,and civil society players, and to draw conclusions about the stateof the region's philanthropic sector. The overarching conclusion presentedin this viewpoint is that there are many challenges, but also ways in whichwe can help to mitigate these challenges over time. The article points tothree key ways in which the philanthropic sector is being challenged.

Enabling environment and civic space; Middle East; North Africa

Of Narratives, Networks and New Spaces: A Baseline Mapping of the African Philanthropy Infrastructure Sector

March 23, 2014

This research reflects a sector that is small, but growing steadily in numbers and diversity of offering. It also shows, not surprisingly, that the sector is mainly aligned with where institutionalised philanthropy is most visible i.e. South Africa. At the same time, however, the growing number of pan-African institutions reveals the commitment to broadening the base, and perhaps an increase of demand. Poor visibility of the sector and the limitations of existing frameworks in reflecting adequately its value, role and impact have been cited as important issues, as is the necessity of developing strong communications strategies to help profile and build awareness of the work.

North Africa; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure; Sub-Saharan Africa

Growing African Philanthropy - What's New? What's Now? What's Next?

January 1, 2013

The African Grantmakers Network (AGN) convened its 2012 biennial assembly in Johannesburg, South Africa, between 30th October and 1st November, 2012.The assembly brought together over 300 participants and 75 speakers, 54% of whom were women and 46% men, from more than 25 countries in 30 structured conversations and countless informal ones to discuss Growing African Philanthropy: What's New, What's Now, What's Next?In addition, 344 people followed the AGN assembly conversations through live streaming from 29 different countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.This document presents the key strands of the conversations that took place at the assembly -- as well as some of the milestones in the growth of AGN that occurred during the assembly.We present this document as a thought leadership resource for the development of philanthropy in Africa. We hope this "shared thinking" way of presenting what emerged during the discussions will help to construct a valuable African narrative of philanthropy that is shared across an emerging community of practice. And we hope that it will help to point the practice of African philanthropy in a good direction.

North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; Trends and innovations (#NextPhilanthropy)

Civil Society Space in Africa

January 1, 2012

If there is an event or a series of events that demonstrate the need to protect democracy and reclaim the space for civil society; it is none other than the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East. These have reaffirmed the crucial point in democratic and transitional studies; that is; that economic development without political and social progress is not sustainable. By all standards and indices, North Africa was always rated highly in terms of economic performance, yet simmering underneath was a revolution as a result of the closure of the public sphere. So when in 2011, popular uprisings spread like bushfire in that region, many in academia, media, civil society and governments were caught unprepared. Change came from unexpected circles, challenging assumed doctrines and theories associated with the functionality of organised formations.

Enabling environment and civic space; North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa

From Charity to Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy

December 1, 2008

From Charity to Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy, provides a preliminary overview of Arab philanthropy in eight countries of the region including: Egypt, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The purpose of the study was to document the varying forms of institutionalized philanthropy that currently exist as well as provide recommendations for how philanthropy can become more effective. 

Middle East; North Africa; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness

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