Early bird registration expires on 31 May

Secure your place at the Third Biennial Assembly of the African Grantmakers Network (AGN).

Do not miss your opportunity for Early Bird Registration, which has been extended to Sunday 31 May, 2015.

AGN's Third Biennial Assembly will take place in Arusha, Tanzania on 1st -3rd July, 2015 and will be co-hosted by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) and the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) based in Ghana.

Join the conversation with thought leaders in philanthropy and participate in action-oriented sessions on strategies to contribute to sustainable, just and peaceful development in Africa through philanthropic engagement.

This year's theme “Philanthropy in Africa 2015 – People, Policy and Practice,” will include conversations on the impact of governance on philanthropy, while seeking to unearth good practice through knowledge building, research, experience sharing and skills building in each of these critical areas. The program will foreground contributions to philanthropy in Africa by critical constituencies such as women, youth and other marginalized groups. This exciting action focused program will bring together thought leaders, practitioners, academics, the media and other key actors to the table in Arusha.

The assembly conference will culminate in the Second AGN African Philanthropy Award Gala which recognizes and celebrates outstanding contributions to philanthropy on the continent.

For detailed information and registration, please go to the AGN Assembly Website http://assembly2015.africangrantmakersnetwork.org/

Don't wait. Take advantage of the discounted rate of $250. This Early Bird extension is valid until 1700 hours GMT on Sunday, 31st May, 2015.

Note that only registrants who will have paid by 31st May, 2015 will receive the Early Bird discount.

Chausiku boosts income following FCS youth entrepreneurship project

Chausiku Mohammed is one among 30 young girls in Bagamoyo district who once lived in vulnerable conditions but has since transformed into an emerging entrepreneur, boasting about her improved monthly income.

All this is attributed to the Youth to Youth Fund (Y2YF) project implemented by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) through funds from the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Speaking earlier before Chausiku during the National Youth to Youth Fund (Y2YF) learning event held in Dar es Salaam on 6 May, Ms. Jamila Tosha, who is the programs coordinator at one of the Y2YF grantees, the Bagamoyo Girls Education Association (BAGEA) expressed her gratitude to the project, saying that through the project her organisation has been able to transform more than 30 young vulnerable girls into improved entrepreneurs and business owners. 

She also said the girls who have been impacted by the organisation have become more competitive in tailoring skills, now generating an increased monthly earning of about TZS 150,000 - up from an average of a staggering TZS 30,000 per month.

Giving her testimony therefore, Chausiku who was flanked by the BAGEA coordinator said: “I once conceived a baby and was abandoned, but BAGEA approached me with the tailoring skills. So I too started offering casual labour at a fee of TZS 30,000 a month but I thank God now I have started my own tailoring kiosk, with a multiplied income. I have since then relocated from my parents’ home to my own rented place, now employing two other people – paying them TZS 2,000 and TZS 3,000 daily – apart from taking my child to school.” 

Chausiku was thus one among participants of the learning event that attracted participants from all Y2YF grantee organisations in Tanzania, as well as other invited Y2YF best performers from Kenya and Uganda, so as to facilitate sharing of experiences in line with the Y2YF project.

FCS supports CSOs to enhance their M&E skills

Over 80 CSO participants from different parts of the country have been enabled to enhance their Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) skills which are central in measuring continuous progress achieved during projects implementation, as well as assessing effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of their completed interventions.

The M&E training workshop, which was tailored in the context of East African regional integration, was completed in Dodoma in early May under the coordination of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) through funds from the TradeMark East Africa.

Addressing the CSO participants, Dr. Ernest Tingum who was the training facilitator, said it is crucial for CSOs to acquire M&E skills so as to effectively assess results of their implemented projects and hence allow easy measurement of the level of impact attained.

In the end, CSO members who attended the training workshop sang praises of the M&E module as a basic fundamental in their day-to-day activities, apart from having benefited from professional linkages and networking with their peers. They also called for periodic tailor-made trainings in the areas of project management, proposal writing and entrepreneurship skills.

Chausiku multiplies income following FCS youth entrepreneurship project

Chausiku Mohammed is one among 30 young girls in Bagamoyo district who once lived in vulnerable conditions but has now transformed into an emerging entrepreneur, boasting about her multiplication of monthly income.

All this is attributed to the Youth to Youth Fund (Y2YF) project implemented by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) through funds from the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Speaking earlier before Chausiku during the National Youth to Youth Fund (Y2YF) learning event held in Dar es Salaam on 6 May, Ms. Jamila Tosha, who is the programs coordinator at one of the Y2YF grantees, the Bagamoyo Girls Education Association (BAGEA) expressed her gratitude to the project, saying that through the project her organisation has been able to transform more than 30 young vulnerable girls into improved entrepreneurs and business owners. 

She also said the girls who have been impacted by the organisation have become more competitive in tailoring skills, now generating an increased monthly earning of about TZS 150,000 - up from an average of a staggering TZS 30,000 per month.

Giving her testimony therefore, Chausiku who was flanked by the BAGEA coordinator said: “I once conceived a baby and was abandoned, but BAGEA approached me with the tailoring skills. So I too started offering casual labour at a fee of TZS 30,000 a month but I thank God now I have started my own tailoring kiosk, with a multiplied income. I have since then relocated from my parents’ home to my own rented place, now employing two other people – paying them TZS 2,000 and TZS 3,000 daily – apart from taking my child to school.” 

Chausiku was thus one among participants of the learning event that attracted participants from all Y2YF grantee organisations in Tanzania, as well as other invited Y2YF best performers from Kenya and Uganda, so as to facilitate sharing of experiences in line with the Y2YF project.

 

FCS project facilitates job creation among youths

More than 1,518 youths in different parts of Tanzania have been enabled to create jobs as well as expand businesses through the Youth to Youth Fund (Y2YF) project implemented by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) through funds from the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

This was revealed on 6 May by the ILO’s Youth to Youth Fund regional Coordinator for Tanzania Kenya and Uganda, Mr. Ekanath Khatiwada, at the National Y2YF learning event and policy advocacy forum held in Dar es Salaam. The learning event was also coordinated by the FCS.

He added that the jobs were created as a result of some innovative ideas generated by young entrepreneurs in different parts of the country. The innovative ideas were thus carefully selected through a competitive process, and the ILO support came in as a start-up or improvement of the business ideas through entrepreneurship and business skills trainings.

Speaking during the event, the FCS Executive Director, Mr. Francis Kiwanga, said as an implementing partner the FCS has offered grants ranging between TZS 15 million and 20 million to 33 youths organisations located in nine regions of Tanzania.

He also added that the Y2YF project has significantly contributed to enhancing youths’ business management skills that has resulted into expansion of businesses, job creation, increasing productivity as well as facilitating linkages of youth groups with cooperative societies and micro finance institutions. “All this has played a significant role in reducing youth unemployment challenges in the country.

Also speaking during the event, ILO Chief Technical Advisor, Jealous Chirove said the Y2YF aims at promoting entrepreneurship among youths for self-employment and most importantly the project has yielded results since the youths have been able to create jobs that can easily be assessed qualitatively and quantitatively.

The learning event was among others attended by participants from all Y2YF grantee organisations in Tanzania, as well as other invited best performers from Kenya and Uganda so as to facilitate sharing of best case practices in line with the Y2YF project.

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