Philanthropy is Helping Fight Ebola
The Ebola outbreaks in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone highlight the public health crisis in these countries. The outbreak underscores the need for responsive and informed philanthropy to help African communities to address the challenges facing them at all levels.
These are global challenges -- the strength and ability of public health systems, the lack of public trust in government, the need for community education and the impact of mobility on our global village-- that require a global response.
Funders active in Africa have a stake along with their grantee partners in helping communities to address the immediate and long-term impact.
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Funders, governments, and the international development community are responding and examining the issues contributing to the epidemic. Here are a few examples:
African Women's Development Fund supports fight against Ebola in Liberia.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commits $50 mil to support the scale up of emergency efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and interrupt transmission of the virus.
Christian Aid responds to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.
New Field Foundation, Geneva Global, and Legatum Fund launch the Ebola Crisis Fund.
OSIWA-Open Society Initiative for West Africa posts on the Mano River’s Ebola Crisis.
Dangote Foundation boosts war against Ebola with N152.95m donation.
King Baudouin Foundation United States for Pierre N. Hauser and Abigail E. Disney donated $5K to fund an Ebola awareness campaign by Actions for Community Matters (ACOMA) in Liberia
Kaiser Family Foundation Updates Policy Tracker On U.S. Ebola Response allows user to get the lastest news on Ebola response from White House, CDC, etc.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards $1 Million for Ebola Response to CDC Foundation’s Global Disaster Response Fund.
UK, Wellcome Trust with DFID announces $10.8 million donation for Ebola Research Initiative.
2014 Conference Report Available
Funders and experts interested in learning about current practices and strategies and maximizing the impact of their philanthropy to Africa attended the Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group conference in New York City in March.
Topics discussed included:
Art, Philanthropy and Africa
- Trends in Philanthropy: Funding Flows, Cash Transfers, African Philanthropy and Diaspora Giving
- Supporting women and youth as leaders and peace builders
- Theories of change in funding strategies
and more . . .
Funders left with a deeper understanding of how diverse funding strategies can leverage impact and a renewed vigor from re-energizing their networks.
Download the report for a flavor of the presentations, case studies and discussions.
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