Africa – economic growth and innovation in technology will bring about lasting prosperity – But the role of NGOs is still crucial

 

Africa is a rapidly changing continent with significant business investment coming from Asia. China in particular has been investing heavily over the past 10 years and will continue to do so. The figures are a little skewed as the heaviest investment is in the Oil and Gas sector, so it’s by no means an even spread across the continent.

Technology that could change everything

Technology will also play a crucial role in lifting millions out of poverty. Tens of millions of people in Africa are so poor they are unable to open bank accounts. When they transfer or receive money through a currency exchange they are hit by commissions and poor exchange rates. This could all change with the development of blockchain technology and the use of crypto currency. Imagine for the first time a poor farmer able to buy and sell goods online via a smart phone using crypto currency like bitcoin. Receive money from family members thousands of miles away without a bank account and without money exchange bureaus taking large commissions. It will be the next financial revolution affecting all of us but could benefit the poorest people on the planet more than any other group. Two billion people are restricted in what they can do now because they have no access to a bank account. Blockchain technology could end how we exchange money forever.

 

Trade and Technology is increasing but the role of NGOs is crucial

Although trade is clearly the future for sustainable economic growth and should in the long term help to support social cohesion and bring more people out of poverty, well targeted projects and social investment is required more than ever to support marginalised groups and vulnerable people.

 

What our priorities are

We are always interested in supporting NGOs that have a strong track record in delivering projects that make a difference at a grassroots level and can have significant national impact. Child labour, Women’s issues, trafficking, health and education are our priorities. We are also keen to support and work with organisations involved in conflict resolution; without peace there can be no prosperity. If your NGO works in these areas we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Africa fundraising – Country focus

South Sudan; Kenya; Uganda;; South Africa; Rwanda; Botswana; Mozambique; DR Congo; Ethiopia; Somalia

What we do:

  • Develop fundraising strategies/road maps
  • Provide gap-analysis to assess what steps you need to take to be in full compliance with funding requirements particularly important for government funding
  • Provide a direct fundraising service including research, bid preparation support and presentations
  • Support you with EU funding applications
  • Support you with in-country government funding
  • Support with preparing donor reports
  • Support with accessing funds from embassies and overseas agencies based in-country
  • Support with accessing funding from HNWI
  • Training staff in fundraising, project reporting, gift acceptance, communications and marketing. This includes bid writing skills for Foundations; making approaches to wealthy individuals and corporate fundraising.

How we work

It is important for us to fully understand your organisation before we commence any assignment. The following information will be required before we formally meet.

  • a copy of the NGO statutes/By Laws
  • a copy of the instrument of legal recognition
  • a recent two-year report of activities
  • a brief report of the projects your NGO would like to implement
  • previous fundraising activity
  • your business plan or strategic plan

 

If you are a new organisation with an innovative approach but lack some of the above information we would like to hear from you.

Fees

Please enquire regarding fundraising fees. Please note we do not carry out assignments on a commission basis.

Please emaiI: joanna@abbeysolutions.co.uk for further details.

Useful Link

The Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising