This Month In Philanthropy

Summaries of Top News Related to Strategic Philanthropy in Africa

Breakthrough FFD3 Outcome Sets Positive Tone for Global Change
United Nations | August 3, 2015

The world marked a momentous event in international development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last month, as Governments adopted a new global framework for financing sustainable development. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda was adopted at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3), held on 13-16 July in the Ethiopian capital. It establishes a strong foundation to support the implementation of future development efforts. Read More…

Africa: Akon Proving That Charity Begins At Home | July 30, 2015

One of the continent’s premier music icons, Akon, was this week in Kigali to drum up support for his energy project; Akon Lighting Africa.
It is an ambitious undertaking that seeks to connect hundreds of millions of African households with electricity using the continent’s most abundant resource; the sun. Read More…

 Impact Investors in Africa Are Looking East
Forbes | July 21, 2015

President Obama’s recent trip to East Africa put the spotlight on a hot area for impact investing. So it’s timely that the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in partnership with Open Capital Advisors, just published a detailed look at impact investing in the region. Read More…

 Can African Grantmakers Transcend Past Development Strategies?
Alliance Magazine | July 21, 2015

In 2014, the outbreak of Ebola in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone sent a chill around the world. The disease claimed over 11,000 lives, the majority in those three countries. However, it was the handful of cases that were reported in Europe and the United States that really fuelled the headlines. Suddenly the world’s attention was on ‘Africa’ and a continent made up of 54 countries and over a billion people, which shrank dramatically in the popular imagination to a rather tiny corner of West Africa. Read More…

International Financial Institutions Announce $400 Billion to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals
The World Bank | July 10, 2015

The multilateral development banks (MDBs) and IMF today signaled plans to extend more than $400 billion in financing over the next three years and vowed to work more closely with private and public sector partners to help mobilize the resources needed to meet the historic challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read More…