Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Obama Foundation recently issued a call for applications for its Fellowship Programme, which aims to support outstanding civic leaders and innovators from around the world. With over 20,000 applications from 191 countries, 20 fellows representing 11 countries (including Mali and South Africa) were selected.

According to President Barack Obama, these [selected] fellows are tackling some of the toughest challenges in their communities. They are doing the hard work — not for recognition, often without enough resources — because they have a vision of the world as it should be: a little more just, less isolated, more connected.”

The two African – Obama Foundation Fellows are Moussa Kondo from Mali and Koketso Moeti from South Africa, who along with their cohort, will receive two years of training, resources, and leadership development to amplify their work. Through this Fellowship they will also become part of a global network of civic leaders and change makers working to build a more just world.

For more information about what they do, read below and check out the links provided.

Moussa Kondo, Country Representative, Accountability Lab

Moussa is the Country Representative of Accountability Lab in Mali and a journalist who is passionate about community development activities to support African youth. After receiving his Master’s degree from The University of Bamako, he founded the weekly print newspaper L’Express de Bamako. 

He then became President of local non-profit organization, Giving Back Mali, which educates young people in leadership and promotes the use of renewable energy in Mali. In 2015, he was selected as one of the top 500 young African leaders to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship. He spent six months helping manage projects at Accountability Lab Liberia. He saw a great need for similar creative, youth-led accountability efforts in his country, and is now helping to bring Accountability Lab to Mali by launching Integrity Idol Mali.

Koketso Moeti, Founder and Executive Director, amandla.mobi

Koketso is the founding executive director of amandla.mobi, a movement of over 200,000 people in South Africa. She has a long background in civic activism and has for over a decade worked at the intersection of governance, communication and citizen action. She is also the Deputy Chairperson of the SOS Coalition, which is committed to and campaigning for public broadcasting in the public interest. She was also a 2017 Aspen Institute New Voices fellow.

When she’s not working, Koketso can be found writing and has been published by The Guardian, Al Jazeera, City Press and the Mail & Guardian among others.

Sources:

https://www.obama.org/fellowship/2018-fellows/

http://www.accountabilitylab.org/

https://www.amandla.mobi/

The 2018 Global NGO Technology Report published by Nonprofit Tech for Good Founder, Heather Mansfield, and sponsored by Public Interest Registry studies how NGOs worldwide use web and email communications, online fundraising tools, social media, mobile technology, and data management and security software. This year, the report is based upon the survey results of 5,352 NGOs from 164 countries. Continue reading…

The Ovie Brume Foundation in partnership with Lafarge Africa Plc organises an annual literacy competition (Lafarge Africa Literacy Competition) that aims to enhance language and vocabulary skills (Reading, Writing, Pronunciation and Spelling) of public primary school students as well as increase their educational opportunities. With a mission to create an enabling environment where young people can reach their goals, the education and youth-focused Foundation has worked with Lafarge to organise and implement this annual competition since 2014. This year, the programme directly involved over 25,000 students compared to just 7000 in 2016.

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Gender-based discrimination and violence is still prevalent in many countries today, and to bring the world’s attention to this problem, the United Nations (UN) recognises the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on the 25th of November every year. On this day, the UN system and other organisations aim their activities and events to create the global awareness needed to shift mindsets and behaviours towards ending all forms of violence against women and girls. In Africa, where the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that up to 45% of women have experienced some form of sexual violence, civil society organisations play a fundamental role in helping to advocate and create public awareness on gender-based violence and to also provide support to victims. In this post, we highlight 10 African organisations that focus their work on protecting women’s rights by advocating for protective policies and implementing programmes to curb violence against women and girls. 

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The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) held its 2017 Annual Conference in Lagos, Nigeria, on 30th and 31st October, focusing on the theme: African Philanthropy in a Changing Global Context. APF is a pan-African membership organisation that aims to build a community of African philanthropists and social investors committed to fostering inclusive and sustainable development throughout the continent. At this year’s conference, over 100 participants actively engaged in the two-day event. Philanthropists and representatives from leading indigenous and global philanthropies including the Higherlife Foundation, TY Danjuma Foundation, African Women’s Development Fund, Oando Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation participated in panels and plenary sessions to frame a narrative around African giving.  Here are five key lessons from the conference. Continue reading…

There has been an upsurge in the use of digital tools and online platforms by African organisations in the development sector. The use of smart phones, tablets, social media platforms, and cloud enabled services are helping organisations become more efficient and globally connected. However these innovations come with their own set of problems and rules on how to navigate them. From our review of the newly launched guide,  Safe Online, by Nigeria’s leading technology accelerator and social enterprise, Co-Creation Hub, here are Five Digital Safety Tips For Nonprofits. Continue reading…

There are thousands of websites that offer listings of the latest job opportunities in international development, and most of these also offer additional resources, such as resume writing tips and volunteer opportunities tailored specifically to the sector. With so many options to choose from, we came up with our top five websites for international development jobs based on the variety of jobs and resources posted daily and those that feature African-based opportunities. Bear in mind that while all of these websites provide basic job information for free, for most, there’s a subscription charge to get access to premium content such as connecting with potential employers, applying for contracts and tenders, or viewing applicant profiles.  Here’s our list of the top five websites that made the cut (in no particular order): Continue reading…

Driven by the philosophy of Ubuntu, where the well-being and happiness of an individual is linked directly to the success and happiness of others, the Motsepe family was the first African family to join the Giving Pledge. Initiated by American billionaires, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, the Giving Pledge is a commitment by wealthy families and individuals across the globe to donate a significant part of their wealth to philanthropic causes. In 2013, Patrice and his wife, Precious Motsepe joined this global giving community by pledging half of their income from their South African businesses to support the work of their family foundation – the Motsepe Foundation – with a mission to improve the living standards and welfare of disadvantaged people in African communities. Continue reading…

Philanthropy in Africa is perceived and practiced in many different ways, which is why it is necessary to have membership organisations that help to share learnings, best practices, and provide platforms to connect with like-minded peers. Below are three organisations that have influenced and shaped new thinking around African giving and philanthropy through their engaging programmes, published reports and analyses on giving, and regional convenings. Continue reading…

Celebrities, by virtue of their popularity, play a major role in setting trends and new norms in almost every aspect of our lives. They are considered masters of their craft, whether in art, business, music, or sports, and to some, they are also considered heroes. As celebrities become more popular and richer, there is a higher tendency to give back and to use their public image to promote social causes. In some cases, celebrities have gained more popularity because of their giving, however, some are also heavily criticized when mistakes are made. Looking at this growing landscape of giving here in Africa, we share four key steps to becoming a more strategic celebrity donor and philanthropist. Continue reading…