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African philanthropic institutions are demonstrating how donors can more effectively foster independent action and strengthen movements for change. This different approach may hold the key to durable developmenton the continent.
By Elizabeth Coleman and Halima Mahomed

Although many donors recognize that top-down approaches and solutions that are not rooted in context are less likely to succeed, few manage to include partners and beneficiaries in decision making in very meaningful ways. One of the exceptions is TrustAfrica, an independent foundation based in Africa and led by Africans. It was established in 2006 to practice a kind of philanthropy that not only benefits Africans but actively supports their agency.

It is also the subject of a new book, Claiming Agency: Reflecting on TrustAfrica’s First Decade. As the book’s editors, we sought to understand what this kind of African philanthropy looks like in practice and what difference it has made. In our analysis, five elements stand out:

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15 November, 2016 - 31 December, 2016

Curated by ''la Caixa'' Foundation, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Erste Stiftung, European Cultural Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Fondation de France, Fondazione Cariplo, Fondazione CRT, Fondazione di Venezia, Fritt Ord Foundation, Fundación ONCE, Körber-Stiftung, Mama Cash, Mozaik Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Estonia Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Stefan Batory Foundation, The Velux Foundations, TrustAfrica,

EFC’s brand new ‘Championing Philanthropy’ exhibition is open from 15 November until the end of the year.  Championing Philanthropy showcases how institutional philanthropy improves lives through projects by its members, and brings to life a wide range of projects that have been devised and carried out by members of the European Foundation Centre’s Governing Council.

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Get to know TrustAfrica's Early Learning Innovations project

With a new series of innovative approaches to early learning, TrustAfrica hopes to improve the basic educational experiences of young learners so that they have what they need to succeed in school.

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Improving early grade literacy in coastal Kenya

With a new series of innovative approaches to early learning, TrustAfrica hopes to improve the basic educational experiences of young learners so that they have what they need to succeed in school.

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GHANA ALSO REQUIRES A FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REVOLUTION
IN TERTIARY EDUCATION THAT ADDRESSES EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS

ACCRA (Xinhua) -- Ghana’s minister of education here on Wednesday called for a more sustainable funding mechanism for tertiary education that caters for research and the needs of financially distressed students.

Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, while addressing a National Dialogue on Tertiary Education in Ghana, said the situation where the cost of education was skyrocketing uncontrollably was a matter of concern to the government and sponsors.

“We do not only require more diversified innovative means of financing tertiary education but we also require a financial management revolution in tertiary education that addresses efficiency and effectiveness,” she stated.

NATIONAL SUMMIT ON TERTIARY EDUCATION ENDS IN ACCRATertiary education is an inseparable component in the development of every nation state while research activities of universities provide a crucial support for national innovation and the development of new products and services, Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, former Vice Chancellor, University of Education, Winneba, has stated. 

Prof. Anamuah-Mensah, who was delivering the key note address at the opening of the National Summit on Tertiary Education in Accra, last week, indicated that tertiary education was integral to the achievement of the national vision of a just, free and prosperous Ghana that supported economic development, productivity and broad-based social development. 

He said the prosperity of Ghana depended on the quality of education of its citizens, particularly the leadership, and that the vision of the nation could only be realized through a world class tertiary education system that was accessible, internationally competitive, efficient, diversified and enabling Ghana to be a productive knowledge-based economy.

However, he said, the current state of Ghana’s tertiary education system did not provide opportunity for developing entrepreneurial and innovative skills and the realization of such a vision.

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