Grantmakers: Can you hear the call to support Africa’s small-scale farmers?

I attended the recent third assembly of the African Grantmakers Network (AGN) in Arusha, Tanzania. It was the first time I participated in an AGN assembly, and I had many expectations. In general, it is an excellent opportunity to meet with leading organizations in the field of philanthropy in Africa as well as other funding agencies working in Africa.

My reflection is on a session titled ‘Using Practice to Influence Policy: Rural Women’s Leadership for Equitable Food Systems, Social Justice, and Civic Mobilisation in East and West Africa’ that took place Thursday 2 July 2015.

Stop the Bleeding, an African Campaign to Curb Illicit Financial Flows from Africa

Africa loses massive financial resources, about US$50 billion each year through illicit activities of multinational companies and rich individuals. These resources, if retained in the continent,could be invested in productive sectors of these economies to lift Africa's growing population from under-development and poverty.According to the African Union/Economic Commission for Africa High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa report,the continent lost about one trillion dollars (US$1 trillion) between 1980 and 2008.