Launched on 17 June 2021 in Ghana,, the Giving for Change (GfC) programme seeks to transform the way development is done by promoting local giving as a strategy for achieving community-led development.
The programme is designed to strengthen local ownership, buy-in and rights claiming, challenging the notion that development is something that is “done to” communities by external actors.
GfC highlights the importance of domestic resource mobilisation by increasing local ownership, unlocking agency, and strengthening communities’ ability to claim entitlements from different actors.
Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the five-year programme is implemented through alliances and covers eight countries in Africa, Asia, and South America with STAR-Ghana being the anchor institution and West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) being a strategic partner in Ghana.
The programme has a coordinating alliance consisting of the Global Fund for Community Foundations, the African Philanthropy Network, Kenya Community Development Foundation and Wilde Ganzen Foundation.
The five-day meeting which starts on 11 July and ends on 15 July 2022 will bring together GfC partner representatives and civil society organisations (CSOs) from Africa, Asia, and South America to learn, share ideas, strengthen relationships, and reflect on the progress of the initiative over the past 18 months of implementation.
This meeting is the first of its kind and will be an opportunity for the partners to strengthen relationships and reflect on the strategic direction of the programme. The meeting will equally create room for partners to identify additional opportunities to harness and scale up the programme.
This may include opportunities for the GfC consortium members and national anchor partners in the eight implementing countries to champion the core thematic areas of the programme at regional and global levels.
WACSI / STAR-Ghana Foundation