African philanthropy: the new drivers of development

More money is sent to Africa through remittances from the diaspora than funding from aid agencies. Photograph: Alamy   Remittances to Africa could transform local philanthropy and put the continent on path of self development When you think of philanthropy in Africa what names come to mind? Bill Gates, Bono, Ford Foundation, Soros, Charity Water, World Bank, or Oxfam? If so, you are justified: they have occupied much of the discourse on development, charity and philanthropy in Africa. But you are wrong if you think philanthropy and development in Africa is limited only to…

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Supporting rural women farmers is the solution to eradicating hunger in Rwanda, says Actionaid

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Supporting rural women farmers is the solution to eradicating hunger in Rwanda, says Actionaid

15th October 2011 (Kigali) The Rwandan government must make concrete invest in the specific needs of rural women famers as the only sustainable solution to eradicating hunger and ensuring abundant quality food, said Actionaid in its message to mark the International Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day, today.

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Wangari Maathai dies at 71; Kenyan environmentalist

Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa— Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmentalist who made it her mission to teach her countrywomen to plant trees and became Africa’s first female Nobel Peace Prize winner, has died. She was 71. One of Kenya’s most beloved figures, Maathai died Sunday after a yearlong battle with cancer. Her illness was not widely known until after her death in a Nairobi hospital. Maathai won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work on sustainable development, democracy and peace. She believed that environmental degradation and unbridled development were…

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