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U.S. foundations made grants totaling nearly $1.5 billion focused on Africa in 2012. This represented 25 percent of foundations' international giving, up from 14 percent in 2002. Produced by Foundation Center in cooperation with Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group, this first-ever report examines changes in funding for Africa over the past decade and provides detailed analyses of the distribution of funding in the latest year. The report also explores differences in funding priorities based on whether recipients are headquartered in Africa or outside of the African continent.
BioMed Central Ltd.;
This article investigates whether present community health worker programmes for antiretroviral treatment are taking into account the lessons learnt from past experiences with community health worker programmes in primary health care and to what extent they are seizing the new antiretroviral treatment-specific opportunities.
U.S. Foundation Funding for Africa represents a firstever examination of grantmaking by the nation's foundation community specifically focused on continental Africa. Prepared by Foundation Center in cooperation with Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group, this report captures all U.S. foundation funding focused on Africa, regardless of recipient location. Any foundation represented in Foundation Center's FC 1000 set with at least one grant focused on Africa was included. The FC 1000 data set captures funding by 1,000 of the largest U.S. private and community foundations and accounts for more than 75 percent of international giving by all U.S. foundations. See Methodology for additional details.
European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI);
As part of the broader research programme on how 'new actors in international development' might influence European development cooperation in the coming decade, this paper provides an overview of the engagement of three types of non-state development actors: private foundations, corporate philanthropies, and global vertical programmes. In discussing financial commitments, funding priorities, and implementation approaches of these actors, the paper identifies key issues for European donors to consider in developing a response to their growing presence in the development landscape.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);
Performance on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has varied by country and region; some regions are closer to meeting the targets, while others such as Africa are not as close. But Africa has accelerated progress on the MDGs despite unfavourable initial conditions, being the region with the lowest starting point. Thirty-four out of 54 countries that are classified as Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are in the African region, representing a disproportionate share of low-income countries (LICs). It is therefore inappropriate to assess the continent's performance on the same basis as the more advanced regions; when assessments take into account the initial conditions of the continent, it emerges that the pace of progress on the MDGs in Africa has accelerated since 2003. Indeed, an assessment of performance based on effort reveals that eight of the top ten best performers (i.e. those experiencing the most rapid acceleration) are in Southern, East, Central and West Africa. Burkina Faso ranked the highest in MDG acceleration. Furthermore, progress was more rapid in LDCs than in non-LDCs.
Commission Economique Pour l'Afrique;
La progression des résultats au titre de la réalisation des objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD) varie selon les pays et les régions du monde. Certaines régions sont en bonne voie pour y parvenir alors que d'autres, telles que l'Afrique, en sont encore éloignées. Pourtant, l'Afrique a réussi à accélérer le rythme de ses avancées vers l'atteinte des OMD en dépit de conditions initiales considérées comme les plus désavantageuses par rapport à celles de l'ensemble des régions de la planète. En effet, sur les 54 pays appartenant à la catégorie des pays les moins avancés (PMA), 34 se trouvent en Afrique, ce qui représente une part disproportionnée de pays à revenu faible (PRF). Il ne convient donc pas d'évaluer la performance du continent sur les mêmes bases que pour d'autres régions plus développées. En tenant compte des conditions initiales du continent, il apparaît que le rythme des progrès relatifs aux OMD en Afrique s'est accéléré depuis 2003. De fait, en évaluant les résultats obtenus à la lumière des efforts consentis, l'on constate que parmi les dix pays les plus performants en termes de taux d'accélération des OMD, huit se situent dans les régions africaines (Afrique australe, Afrique de l'Est, Afrique centrale et Afrique de l'Ouest), le Burkina Faso étant le mieux classé du groupe. En outre, il s'avère que les progrès ont été plus rapides dans les PMA que dans les pays en développement non inscrits sur la liste des PMA.
That the post-2015 Development Agenda provides a unique opportunity for Africa to reach consensus on common challenges, priorities and aspirations, and to actively participate in the global debate on how to provide a fresh impetus to the MDGs and to examine and devise strategies to address key emerging development issues on the continent in the coming years. The post-2015 Development Agenda should also reaffirm the Rio Principles, especially the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, the right to development and equity, and mutual accountability and responsibility, as well as ensure policy space for nationally tailored policies and programmes on the continent, including appropriate support for the implementation of the NEPAD.
In the long journey to end the injustice of extreme poverty and help ensure opportunity and dignity for all, we have arrived at a crossroads. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are due in one year's time, have helped to focus international attention and resources towards ambitious goals. Tremendous progress has been made in many areas, including tackling global health challenges, child mortality and access to clean water. At the same time, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has been halved globally and is now on the decline in Africa. But in other areas there has been far less improvement, and future progress is under threat from growing challenges such as mass youth unemployment, rising inequality and the impact of climate change.
In the next 12 months, the world will be asked to agree ambitious and inspiring new development goals for the coming 15 years, along with a strategy for their implementation. It is critical that the goals be focused and measurable, and that they build on the momentum of the MDGs while embracing important emerging issues, with a global push to end extreme poverty by 2030.
As 2015 and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws near, attention has increasingly turned within the United Nations to the post-2015 development agenda. In particular, a High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) was recently convened to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015 and construct the next development agenda. The panel was co-chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom. The panel included leaders from civil society, the private sector and government.
African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), The;
In this issue of the African Women's Journal, dubbed African Women in Power/ Politics, we seek to explore both the individual and collective experiences of past, aspiring or current women in power/politics. The articles speak to some of the persistent and structural as well as emerging obstacles and challenges women face as they wrestle with power, privilege and politics. Authors also present alternative strategies for ensuring visionary, transformative leadership. We stop and take stock and give room for personal journeys and reflections.
Partnership for Higher Education in Africa;
Examines the collaborative's evolution, successes, and challenges, including differences in foundation cultures and lack of data. Offers advice on leadership, goals and expectations, planning, structure, pooled funding, evaluation, and exit plans.
African Grantmakers Network;
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.