Much valuable work in sub-Saharan Africa is supported by foundations and trusts from outside of the region but African foundations and trusts are playing an ever-increasing role. Here are some interesting facts we’ve learned about about the sector:

  • Like the international funding scene, African foundations range from small and specialised (like the Masiela Trust Fund helping at-risk children in Botswana and Isis-WICCE supporting women’s rights in the Great Lakes) to large and far-reaching (like TrustAfrica, Tony Elumelu Foundation and the Vodacom Foundation)
  • As may be expected, foundations are concentrated in countries where economies are more developed. Notable examples are South Africa and Kenya.
  •  There are a disproportionate number of foundations funding entrepreneurship promotion and education, a trend which is perhaps linked to philanthropists wishing to give back to the causes which helped them.

Of course, much local philanthropy – whether in Africa, Europe or elswhere – goes undocumented and working to improve the flow of data regarding philanthropy is something that Indigo is very interested in. It’s why we publish all details of our grants here on our blog and through relevant open data initiatives like the International Aid Transparency Initiative and the 360 Degree Giving campaign in the UK. If you’re interested in learning more about our work in this area, please get in touch or leave a comment below.