Rockefeller Foundation and EPIC-Africa Launch the first African Civil Society Organization Excellence Awards

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EPIC-Africa, an organisation that seeks to boost development across the continent, and The Rockefeller Foundation, a world famous charity, have this week launched a call for applications for the first African Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Excellence Awards.

The Awards highlight the importance of organisational capacity to achieve program impact, and showcase civil society organisations who demonstrate excellence across eight key elements of organisational capacity: Strategic Ability and Adaptability, Leadership and Governance, Financial Health and Management, Human Resources and Staff Development, Operations, Communications, Partnerships and Alliances and Monitoring and Evaluation.

The awards are now open to civil society groups across Africa to apply for the opportunity to fundraise on the international Global Giving Platform, benefit from a series of capacity building workshops, increase their media visibility and participate in networking opportunities through the African CSO Excellence Awards community.

EPIC-Africa is at the forefront of the charge to strengthen the infrastructure that supports civil society organisations and to deepen philanthropic impact in Africa

“As a major development partner in Africa, it is imperative that we invest in initiatives that highlight the importance of organisational capacity for program impact,” said Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Africa Office.

“We are delighted to support EPIC-Africa in this innovative approach to map the pan-African CSO sector and showcase the highest standards of organisational excellence among CSOs in Africa. These awards will also expand the opportunity for increased partnerships among key organisations on the continent, for greater impact,” Biteye added.

“We are pleased to launch these awards to showcase the EPIC work that CSOs are doing all across Africa and make the case for ever more support for organisational capacity. This will allow CSOs to continue to be catalysts for the transformational change that our continent needs,” commented Rose Maruru, Co-Founder of EPIC-Africa.

EPIC-Africa is an organisation that seeks to enhance philanthropic impact by filling critical data and capacity gaps in the philanthropic market infrastructure in Africa.

Africa has the youngest population in the world. According to the UNDP, by 2055, the continent’s youth population (aged between 15 and 24), is expected to be more than double the 2015 total of 226 million.

Adwoa Agyeman, co-founder of EPIC-Africa commented that Africa will be relying heavily on the CSO sector over the next few decades to truly maximize its demographic dividend.

She added that it will take concerted effort around key areas such as education, healthcare, employability, governance and human rights to reshape the continent.

“We know that CSOs cannot fully deliver on Africa’s promise to its young people when they have, among others, financing, human resources, and communications challenges to deal with on a daily basis. We are committed therefore to highlighting those who are thriving despite difficult circumstances and to share their approaches so that others can also learn,” Agyeman explained.

The African CSO Excellence Awards are open until December 31st, 2018. Candidates will be shortlisted between January and March 2019 with the final winners announced in April 2019.

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