Last week on Friday, we (www.sivioinstitute.org) launched our 2023 signature initiative-AfricaGiving (www.africagiving.org). It has been a long and challenging but exciting journey to get here and there is still a long journey ahead.
In a previous article, I used the analogy of ephemeral pools of water that develop during the rainy season to describe a particular characteristic of African philanthropy. In that analogy, I argued that African philanthropy usually tends to emerge as an ad-hoc response to a societal challenge be it a funeral, spread of a disease, drought, or a natural disaster like a flood.
When it rains small pools of water are formed. These pools can last a day, a week, a month or a couple of months. They are largely temporary or seasonal and are mostly referred to as ephemeral pools. Life in the form of plants, little creatures exist in these pools, some visible and some invisible. A number of studies have since been carried out to understand the different life forms that emerge which coexist on these pools.
One of the challenges that I have always faced in my close to 15 years working in the Philanthropy or Development space has been the use of images that appropriately capture the essence of our work be it in Agriculture, Reproductive Health or in softer issues such as governance reforms.