Giving for Change Workshop held in Accra
The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), in partnership with the Star-Ghana Foundation, organized a week-long meeting in Accra dubbed: “Giving for Change” for organizations philanthropy in Africa and beyond to enhance the “gift” for social change.
The meeting dubbed: “Giving for Change Learning and Reflection Partner Meeting” aims to create a space to reflect on past operations and their impacts across the continent and facilitate the documentation of best practices and guidelines on community philanthropy and national resources for guide program implementation.
It would also be used to identify additional opportunities for follow-up action to amplify needs and recommendations for progress.
Opportunities include providing Giving for Change consortium members and national anchor partners in the eight implementing countries a chance to advocate regionally and globally on key thematic areas and/or find spaces and opportunities to collaborate with each other.
Mr. Jimm Chick Fomunjong, Head of Knowledge Management and Communications Unit, WACSI, Cameroon, said that Africans have contributed in many measurable ways to the development of the continent through philanthropy.
The meeting would allow partner organizations to rethink their philanthropic thoughts, while developing a guideline to inspire global action, he explained.
“We will learn from each other from our respective countries, share our experiences and replicate. We also want to encourage Africans to develop a passion for giving, regardless of the amount, to bring about positive change,” he said.
Fomunjong said other philanthropic means could help fight malnutrition by donating agricultural produce and helping to address food shortages, especially in the current difficult economic climate.
Mr. Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu, Executive Director of the Star Ghana Foundation, reiterated that philanthropy was not new to Africa and it was only time to revive it.
“Philanthropy is not new to us. We do this in many ways, such as community service, showing love when someone is in distress, and when someone is grieving. We call it charity. We just need to expand it and find better ways to do it,” he said.
Ms. Jenny Hodgson, a representative of the Giving for Change Foundation, expressed optimism that the meeting would build on existing knowledge and resources for the benefit of participating countries.
She said the meeting would ensure that the five-year program sponsored by the Dutch government with 25 million euros was successful.
Ms. Esther Meester, Wilde Ganzen Foundation, Netherlands, said the program would stimulate the development of international cooperation.
Participating organizations included Dalia, KCDF, Association Burkinabe De Fundraising, Africa Philanthropy Network, Star Ghana Foundation, WACSI, Uganda National NGO Forum and Micaia.