Grantmakers’ assembly calls on African nations to use natural resources wisely

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The third African grantmakers assembly kicked off in Arusha on Wednesday with the call for African nations to wisely use the available natural resources for the needy people in their countries.

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The assembly is co-hosted by the African Grantmakers Network (AGN), the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) and the Tanzania’s Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).
Speaking at the 3rd Biennial Assembly of the AGN, former President of the Pan-African Parliament Gertrude Mongella said Africa is a very rich continent in terms of natural resources, but there is a need for countries, to tap those resources for the benefit of African people.
“It is high time for African governments to embrace good governance practices for the benefit of women, youth and other marginalized groups in the continent,” Mongella said. “It is astonishing to see countries beg aids from the developed world when we have everything here.”
She also called on African people to imbibe a culture of assisting the needy people in their respective areas without compromising their humanity and dignity.
The AGN chairperson Theo Sowa also suggested the need for African people to build internal capacity of funding African projects as a way of shunning away from donor-dependency syndrome.
She said African people have the ability to support each other and supporting the rest of the world.
Sowa said in 2010, a number of African countries supported Haiti with humanitarian aids. “That’s why we say Africa has the ability to support African problems.”
Yvonne Chaka Chaka, a 50-year-old highly respected South African singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher, described philanthropy as long-time phenomenon in Africa.
“African problems need African solutions, if we are properly organized, we don’t need support from anywhere else,” she said.
Yvonne suggested the need for the continent to encourage young people to engage in philanthropy because of its socioeconomic significance.
“Those who have deep pocket need to assist their fellow Africans as it was in the past, whereby Africans used to help each other,” said the South African singer who is a champion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
She encouraged African youth to engage into philanthropy, because of its significance for the continent’s socioeconomic well- being.
Francis Kiwanga, Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society, said the assembly brought on board over 300 participants from across the world.
He said the gathering provides a platform for the leading thinkers in philanthropy to extensively discuss the growth of African economies through philanthropy development.
The idea of the meeting is make leaders, practitioners and academicians to contribute to sustainable, just and peaceful development in Africa through philanthropic engagement.
The conference, themed “Philanthropy in Africa 2015? People, Policy and Practice,” seeks to unearth good practice through knowledge building, research, experience sharing and skills building. Enditem

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