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Announcing ‘Giving for Change’, a new partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs taking community philanthropy to the next level

 

Johannesburg, 17 February 2021 – The Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) is delighted to announce our participation in an exciting new partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that will invest in community philanthropy development in eight countries.

The five-year, €24 million programme will be implemented in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Palestine and Uganda, and is led by a consortium of four organizations:  the Africa Philanthropy Network, Kenya Community Development Foundation, GFCF and Wilde Ganzen.

The aim of Giving for Change – part of the Dutch government’s ‘Power of Voices’ programme – is to foster local giving as an expression of voice, civic participation, solidarity and dissent. The programme will build evidence around new thinking, approaches and leadership that support community philanthropy development.

“We’re really excited to see a bi-lateral donor investing such significant sums – and signaling such a clear understanding of the importance of local power and potential.” Jenny Hodgson, GFCF Executive Director

Giving for Change will promote community philanthropy as a strategy for achieving community-led development by increasing local ownership, buy-in and claiming of rights, and by challenging the notion that development is something that is “done to” communities by external actors.

Against a global background of shrinking civic space, Giving for Change will encourage civil society organizations, including and especially human rights organizations, to value and adopt local resource mobilization as a form of constituency building, and as a way to strengthen their position as legitimate champions and defenders of diverse causes, with strong roots in the communities they serve.

 

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While the programme will maintain an explicit focus on strengthening rights and claiming capacities of communities in relation to public government structures, another dimension of it relates specifically to challenging power dynamics, and establishing more equitable practices within the international development system itself.

Programme activities will include action research, trainings and grants to stimulate local giving, which will be led in each country by national anchor institutions. The role of consortium members will be to help “weave” dialogue, learning and exchange across the programme itself, as well beyond to global platforms and audiences as part of larger advocacy and influencing efforts to transform development and philanthropic practice.

For further enquiries see contact details below.

 

Jenny Hodgson, GFCF Executive Director, info@globalfundcf.org

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