20TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE
KENYA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION – KCDF
20TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE
CONFERENCE THEME: Durable Development: Shifting the Power, Building Community Resilience
DATES: 22nd & 23rd June 2017
DAY ONE: June 22, 2017
SESSION HIGHLIGHTS AND LEARNINGS
OFFICIAL OPENING: Durable Development: Shifting the Power, Building Community Resilience
Opening Remarks: Maurice Makoloo – Eastern Africa Regional Representative, Ford Foundation (Kenya)
In his address, he stated that donors must be cognizant of the power of people. He stressed that shifting the power is to have a conversation about shifting the power versus how power is seen. He said that philanthropies and grant seekers must track, communicate, and measure impact, as without accurate data, the contribution of philanthropy will continue to be in the footnotes. He advised that nobody needs to monopolize virtue, and private sector fails to recognize that civil society is concerned about good governance. He stressed that grant seekers and philanthropies need to communicate in their own language.
In his remarks, he stated that the youthful demography across Africa must invest resources differently and demand a different brand of philanthropy. He said that there is need to learn lessons from those who have gone ahead and train people in philanthropy and local giving. He advised the delegates to be patient as building anything that stands for long requires painstaking patience by the builder and the beneficiaries.
SESSION ONE: Durable Development – Moving from Talking to Action!
Facilitator: Mwihaki Muraguri – Principal, Paukwa House (Kenya)
Durable Development can be achieved with a focus on the existing opportunities and innovative practices, the foreseen challenges that hinder its achievement. Development cannot be fully achieved before changing the people’s mindset and behaviours. In order to help countries on locally driven development, she stated that more resources would need to be pumped into the local civil society organizations that do not have resources. She stressed that communities should be empowered by starting to empower themselves. A stronger civil society will ensure more resources are generated.
Africa is not poor, rather the problem is that there are many theories that do not work in the African context. Africa suffers from dependency syndrome and every African should realize the capacity to help themselves. Africa could become developed within a short period of time if they become creative and allowed to provide solutions to their own problems – An Africa where communities are donors and contributors of resources.
Durable development allows people to be engaged and be part of decision-making and be the drivers, hence they will use their minds to select better leaders. In Durable Development, people are engaged; they are part of decision-making, they are part of the discussion, determination and in understanding budgets for education and health. This will make sure that they understand what they have is being used correctly, she lamented.
“We should be empowered by starting to empower ourselves.”
SESSION TWO: Thinking Differently & Acting Boldly Even Against the ‘Tide’
Facilitator: Prof Tade Aina - Executive Director, Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) – Kenya
|Beacon of Hope and Kagiso Trust shared their experiences in resource building and taking bold action towards growing their institution’s independence and sustainability towards responding to development challenges.
Of fundamental value, is that organizations should:
Local organizations need to protect themselves from donors’ interests and begin with the end in mind when running local programs. Globally there is a mind shift towards building resilience of communities and identify like minded partners they can work with to support communities to shift power by focusing on taking lead in development.
SESSION THREE: Building Assets, Building Community Power
These series of workshops focused on the ideologies, principles and techniques undertaken by various non-profits towards empowering themselves and their communities to take charge of their own development and sustainability.
It is an opportunity for delegates to gain some practical skills to apply on building their assets for development.
Workshop 1: The Ups and Downs of Building Organizational Assets
- Facilitator: Tom Were, Development Expert (Kenya)
Sibusiso Zwane, Executive Manager Operations and Finance, Southern Africa Trust (South Africa).
Changing mind set while running an organization is extremely important. Organizations should never leave their partners behind and staff must believe in the sustainability plans being fronted by the organization, and must be able to make these plans work. Organizations should recognize that donor funding will always be there, but they need to be sustainable. When going through their strategies, organizations should focus on creating value, establishing new partnerships and putting investments as a core towards self-financing and becoming sustainable.
Workshop 2: Using Financial Flexibility to Leverage Government Resources
- Facilitator: Irungu Houghton, Associate Director, Society for International Development (Kenya)
- Matsobane Sexwale: Programme Management, Research & Strategy Head - Kagiso Trust (South Africa)
Workshop 3: When Power Shifts to Communities...
Facilitator: Evans Okinyi, Chief Executive Officer, East African Association of Grantmakers - EAAG (Kenya)
- Bishop Titus Masika – Executive Director, Christian Impact Mission (Kenya)
- Rosemary Gachara – Programme Coordinator, KAWE (Kenya)
- Nelson Kirrokor - Manager, Nkoilale Community Development Organization – NCDO (Kenya)
The workshop focused on examples of communities that have taken leadership in creating Durable Development by initiating projects based upon the needs of the community and involving various stakeholders to scale up productivity. In so doing, these communities have been able to lay a demand upon government to provide resources and support in solving societal needs.
To achieve sustainable development and shift the power to communities, the panellists discussed the following key points as elements of shifting the power:
SESSION FOUR: Committing to Shifting the Power
Facilitator: Jenny Hodgson - Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF)
This session of the day highlighted issues for action in order to Build Resilient Communities and Shift the Power. The session was an opportunity to develop consensus around challenges to overcome in Africa in order to create community resilience; and highlight practical steps for action.
The following are some of the key deliberations raised:
DAY 2: June 23, 2017
SESSION HIGHLIGHTS AND LEARNINGS
SESSION FIVE: Leading by Example - Building Credible Local Institutions as Critical to Advancing Development
Facilitator: Briggs Bomba– Trust Africa (Zimbabwe)
The session was an opportunity to share reflection of two inspirational leaders who have become champions in challenging environments and have built reputable and leading institutional in their countries.
Collaborating and strategizing as well as connecting the dots between organizations is the way forward to shifting the power; towards this end, collaborations and partnerships are powerful approaches to fundraising. Organizations should also remain committed to their missions and constantly review them to check if they are on track. On funding, organizations should explore the power of social media in attracting local support for the work. Even so, organizations can also use their local celebrities in rallying people to support their agenda.
“A shift only happens when the historical task of that time is fully grasped and fulfilled.” Briggs Bomba
SESSION SIX: Growing community resilience: Growing Diverse partnerships & Collaborations.
The concurrent workshops were modeled to encourage interactions that would ensure that conference delegates gain practical knowledge from examples around the world and garner tips on how to build alternative resourcing of community programmes.
Workshop 1: Communities as Donors: - Testimonies from Brazil, India and Kenya
The workshop was an opportunity for delegates to interact with case studies from around the globe that are promoting community philanthropy as a way of engaging society in development is very important as well as provision of linkages.
Key recommendations from the session included:
Workshop 2: Growing a Winning Brand for Local Support
Facilitator: Stigmata Tenga, Vice Chair – African Philanthropy Network and President, Foundation for Civil Society (Tanzania)
- Nienke Nuyens – Projects Coordinator, Wilde Ganzen Foundation (Netherlands)
- Purity Murugu – Corporate Partnerships Officer, KCDF (Kenya)
- Phyllis Ombonyo – Community Philanthropy Manager, Aga Khan Foundation for East Africa (Kenya)
This workshop derived lessons from panellist on approaches towards designing resource mobilization strategies and building brands that can build home grown support for development activities:
Workshop 3: Working inside out: Civil society Response to the Shrinking Space
Facilitator: Tom Olila, Lead Advisor, Strategic Connections Limited and Board Member, KCDF.
- Regina Utita Opondo - Executive Secretary at the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium –CRECO (Kenya)
- Caren Kiptoo - Viwango (Kenya)
The workshop was an introspection on civil society response to the shrinking space, and the need for CSOs to interrogate their relevance and legitimacy in the ever-changing development context.
Below are key recommendations proposed:
SESSION SEVEN: Bridging the Divide Between the Corporate and the Non-Profit Sectors
Facilitator: Sonia Rasugu, Trustee, Ufadhili Trust
The session focused on breaking barriers between the corporate and non-profit sectors and bring to the fore concerns that hinder effective partnership of these two sectors in achieving durable development.
Key recommendations were:
SESSION SEVEN: CONCLUDING REMARKS / A CALL TO ACTION:
“One cannot succeed in moving forward if you do not have a very supportive and synchronized team, a value based group, behind you. If you are lacking this, please go and build one.”
Janet Mawiyoo, KCDF Executive Director
As part of the closing session delegates shared some of the key rallying actions that they would consider taking up:
Janet Mawiyoo, KCDF Executive Director
Click here to download 20th Anniversary Conference Report.
Our heartfelt appreciation for joining us at the Durable Development Conference and for sharing your experiences. We hope you also made good contacts who can enrich your work as you continue to being part of #ShiftThePower. The success of the conference would not have been possible without your participation. Thank you!
Durable Development: Shifting the Power, Building Community Resilience
THE CONTEXT: DURABLE DEVELOPMENT AND THE ROLE OF COMMUNITIES
Durable development focuses on meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The growing call for local ownership in development is increasingly evident now more than ever with the changing contexts of civic space; existence of a devolved system of governance; increased civic awareness among Kenyan citizens; and the re-categorized of Kenya as a lower- middle-income country. At the international level, the interest around sustainable development has led to the recognition of the need to change development thinking to ensure inclusion and participation of all concerned in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
For global development to truly endure and provide lasting solutions for vulnerable populations, it must trust and empower local communities to identify, prioritize and address their own needs.
Having local people involved in development as key donor partners is an opportunity to enhance sustainability prospects and broaden the arena for participation in development. With the expanded space for more actors to engage at the local level, there is an opportunity to further local development investments and capitalize on local resources.
Communities, through community philanthropy organizations around the world, act every day to improve the wellbeing of their own most marginalized citizens. They do so by understanding real Community needs through their deep networks of formal and informal organizations, unlocking local resources and assets to address those needs and operating in a transparent manner that is directly accountable to the populations they serve.
Durable development requires local power and inclusion, and this can only be achieved with communities at the center of their own development.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE:
Since its inception, KCDF has been working with communities to build their confidence and capacities in taking charge of their own development processes. Through our work with communities on local resource mobilization, capacity development and grants management, we have seen the growth of communities from levels of dependency on external support to becoming resilient communities that are proactively responding to development challenges at their local levels.
As part of celebrating its 20 years of working with communities, KCDF hosted a conference themed Durable Development: Shifting the Power, Building Community Resilience, that aimed at enriching discussions on development practices that promote local ownership and appreciate homegrown solutions. The conference also aimed at influencing development thinking towards supporting local models that promote durable development. The conference brought together a rich and diverse group of stakeholders (communities, local and international non-profits, government agencies, funding partners, private sector actors and academia among others) to deliberate and foster conversations on effective and people-led sustainable approaches to development in Kenya and beyond.
The core objectives of the conference were to:
- Bring together a diverse set of development actors, governments and academia from Kenya and beyond, to explore effective interventions in implementing sustainable development projects.
- Shift the field of development and philanthropy towards a new paradigm of “people based development” while giving primacy to building local assets, capacities and trust of communities (#ShiftThePower).
- Share case studies and working models on emerging community development practices from national and international organizations.
- Present innovative development delivery practices in areas such as devolved decision-making, grant-making, local asset mobilization and multi-stakeholder governance.
- Deliberate on accountability of the civil society sector in delivering their mandates while exploring possibilities of establishing a self-assessment/voluntary standards certification body.
In line with the objectives, the conference focused on the following key discussion areas:
- Exploring on durable development: with a focus on the existing opportunities and innovation on durable development, the foreseen challenges that hinder achievement of durable development.
- Shifting power to communities: with a focus on the ideologies, principles and techniques that are undertaken by various non-profits towards empowering themselves and their communities to take charge of their development and their own sustainability. Also exploring innovating local solutions to address local challenges/problems; and what it will take to shifting the power of decision-making, building innovation and bold action towards durable development.
- Rethinking development practices that build assets and build community resilience: Looking at diverse, long-term investments and sustainable practices amongst the communities and the nonprofit sector. Build an appreciation and support local models promote durable development.
Janet Mawiyoo is the Executive Director of KCDF and has been in the development sector, primarily with the nonprofit sector for over 30 years, having spent about 14 years with Action Aid International in both Kenya and Tanzania and has distinguished herself as a skilled development practitioner, knowledgeable on the challenges experienced in Africa and the management and delivery of good aid programmes, as well as institution building of local organizations.
She has been instrumental over the last eleven years in making KCDF a leading and recognizable Kenyan development actor that continues to commit significant resources into a diverse range of community initiatives that cut across issues affecting vulnerable communities nationally. Under her leadership, KCDF is a frontrunner in pursuing a range of sustainability strategies that will in future guarantee availability of resources to support community development efforts.
Janet is a certified Organization Development consultant, with a Masters in Development Administration and Management (MA-Econ) from the University of Manchester (UK), and a post graduate diploma in Organization Development Consultancy from the Swiss Institute of Applied Psychology, Switzerland. She serves in non-profit Boards which include Trust Africa, a Pan African philanthropic organization, the African Philanthropy Network (she is past Chair), she chairs Viwango a CSO certification body, and is a member of the INGO Accountability Charter Board (UK), a Director of the KCDF Investment Holdings, among others. In December 2015, Janet was awarded the Exemplary Women’s Leadership Award in Mauritius.
Rev. Frank Chikane
Reverend Frank Chikane is one of the founding members of Kagiso Trust and is currently its chairman. He is also chairman of the Kagiso Capital board, a member of the board of SciBono Discovery Centre and the Kagiso Shanduka Foundation Trust Advisory Committee.
He is currently a Senior Vice-President of the South African Council of Churches (SACC); Moderator of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs Relations(CCIAR).
A former Commissioner of the first Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) which was responsible for the first democratic elections in 1994; a former Director-General in the Office of the Deputy President and later the Presidency and Secretary of Cabinet; a former Chairperson of City Power Johannesburg; a former board member of Thebe Investments and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
Regina Utita Opondo
Regina Opondo is a Justice and Peace Worker with about 10 years experience in Civil Society. She is currently the Executive Secretary of the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium – CRECO. CRECO is a consortium of 23 diverse Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working on democracy, governance, legal and human rights issues across Kenya. It was founded in 1998, even though its history dates as far back as 1992 when NGOs involved in human rights, democracy and governance begun to proliferate. CRECO’s membership is united in the vision of a just society is committed to promoting constitutionalism, democratic governance and institutional excellence through coordination and capacity building of CSOs.
Regina is also the Chair of the Elections Observation Group (ELOG); ELOG is a long-term, permanent and national forum or network which comprises of CSOs, including FBOs, with the mandate of strengthening democracy in Kenya and the African Region through promoting transparent and accountable electoral processes that include public participation - www.elog.or.ke.
She is also a Co-Convenor in Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu , a citizen movement using political dialogue to support Kenya’s preparations for the 2017 elections with a view to ensuring that the country minimizes the risks related to dysfunctional electoral competition @MyVoteMyVoice
Regina is also actively involved in work around an enabling environment for civil society in Kenya through the Civil Society Reference Group (www.pboact.or.ke) where she is the Deputy Presiding Convenor and Viwango a standards mechanism for civil society in Kenya - www.viwango.org
Matsobane Sexwale is currently the Head of Strategy, Programme Management and Research at Kagiso Trust. She possesses 22 years of experience in corporate and management consulting roles where her roles have included establishing executive leadership, strategic planning, people and change issues, and capacity building and business sustainability in public, private and non- government organisations.
Matsobane started her career at Standard Bank as a Human Resources generalist before moving into an internal corporate consulting role. She later joined Gemini
Consulting where she led the People and Change Discipline. In 2005, Matsobane left Gemini to co-found Resolve Strategy Consulting, where she was Executive Director until 2009, when the company transitioned to become Impact Strategy Consulting.
At Impact Strategy Consulting, Matsobane successfully created and ran a growing consulting business, where she led strategy, business repositioning and human resource engagements for clients in the public, private and non-government sectors. She remains to be a non-executive director of Impact Strategy Consulting.
Following many years of working with Kagiso Trust as a consultant, Matsobane joined the Trust in November 2016 to provide strategy support to the Trust’s executives, establish and run the Programme Management Office and to focus internal research that will continue to retain the Trust’s thought leadership position.
Dr. Rita Thapa
Rita Thapa founded and led Tewa (1995/2001), the innovative Nepal Women's Fund and Nagarik Aawaz (2001/2009) the peace-building initiative. She envisioned the Tewa Center and led all related fundraising campaigns for the same (2011 - now). She has over thirty-five years of experience as a feminist educator and a community activist. Some of her volunteer associations include being on the International Committee of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Colombo/Sri Lanka, and SACEPS (South Asia Center for Policy Studies), Sangat, and SWAF – the South Asian Women's Fund. She is a former board member and Chair of the Global Fund for Women, and served on the Executive Board of the Urgent Action Fund. She currently serves the Board as Chair of the Global Fund for Community Foundations.
She was named an Ashoka Fellow (1997-98), Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitor at the University of Toronto (2002), and a 1000 Peace Women across the Globe.
Tom O. Olila
Mr. Tom Olila is a development practitioner with over 18 years’ experience working with a wide range of organizations drawn from diverse countries in Africa and Europe. Tom possesses strong management background more so in strategy, Governance, Projects management and Financial management. Among the areas of core competencies include undertaking, strategy reviews and development; governance strengthening, facilitating organizational development and general process facilitation.
Tom’s professional qualifications include a Master in Business Administration (Strategic Management), Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), and Certified Public Accountant. He has also followed courses in Projects Management (MDF Netherlands), Social Development (CRDA, South Africa) and Organisational Development (MSTCDC, IC Consult, The Netherlands).
Tom is currently a Director/ Board member at Strategic Connections Ltd. (www.sclkenya.com), KCDF (www.kcdf.or.ke), Cordaid Kenya (www.cordaid.org/nl), International Christian Centre (www.icc-kenya.org) and FAIDA International.
Luana Nascimento Almeida
Luana Almeida is CESE´s Communication Advisor, a foundation in Brazil. Luana has a Masters Degree in Media and Communication and has vast experience in the fields of communication, advocacy, fundraising.
Jenny Hodgson has been the executive director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) since 2006 when the Fund was first established as a pilot project funded by the World Bank, Ford Foundation and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. She has overseen the development of the organisation from its inception as a pilot project to a fully-fledged global grantmaking fund which has disbursed over U.S. $4 million in grants to over 170 community philanthropy organisations in more than 60 countries.
Jenny has worked in the field of philanthropy and development in Uganda, Russia, Kenya, Singapore and Thailand. Jenny has a BA (Hons) in English from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and is on the board of WINGS (Worldwide Initiative on Grantmaker Support) and the African Philanthropy Network.
Stigmata Tenga is the President of the Foundation for Civil Society in Tanzania, a grant-making non-for-profit organization; and an Executive Director for the Africa Philanthropy Network -a continent wide membership based infrastructure support organization of African philanthropists and innovators. APN seek to see Africa where Philanthropy is an effective force for transformative and sustainable development.
She is a board member of the Research in Poverty Alleviation Organization (REPOA) in Tanzania and the Southern Africa Trust (SAT), a grant making and capacity building organization for the Southern Africa. Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dr. Tenga has worked as a development advisor and facilitator for more than 20 years with the public, private and civil society sectors in the continent. Stigmata has intensively engaged and led efforts to reform and strengthen the civil society sector organizations to become catalysts for the ongoing transformation and development processes in Africa.
Sibusiso Zwane is a proud African. A lover, father and a student of life; before everything else. He has worked in all aspects of Accounting, Auditing, Financial management, Risk management, Compliance and Corporate Governance.
With vast experience gained over a period of more than 19 years, having served as a Finance Manager for a number of Developmental Institutions both Local and International. He has also trained and worked with KPMG and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Sibusiso is South African and holds a B.Com Accounting from the University of Swaziland.
Mike Njeru is the Founding Managing Trustee of KenGen Foundation. He has over 30 years experience in Journalism, Corporate Communications and Philanthropy.
His career began in 1982 in electronic media later moving to the print media as an editor at the Kenya Times and the Standard. In 1989, he joined Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) as the Communications Manager. Following the restructuring of the energy sector and formal establishment of KenGen in 1997, Mike moved to head Corporate Affairs department at KenGen. His main task at that time was to give the new company a distinct corporate identity and nurture the new brand. 4 years ago, he moved from KenGen to set up the company’s Corporate Foundation as its first Managing Trustee.
Mike has been instrumental in up-scaling and restructuring of the company’s Corporate Social Investments mainly in Education, Environmental Conservation and Water & Sanitation.
He is a member of the International Public Relations Association, and a Fellow of the Public Relations Society of Kenya.
Mike regularly speaks on journalism and media best practices and is an active member of several national and international Philanthropy Forums. He is currently the Chairman of Ease African Association of Grant-makers.
Tom Were, MBA
Tom is a holder of a Master of Business Administration, in Strategic Management. He is an experienced development sector leader of distinction with diverse experience and expertise of over 16 years, having served in various capacities, mainly in senior management and top leadership roles, the most recent being the Country Director of SOS Children’s Villages for a period about 3 years.
He previously served as Director of Programs at KCDF; as Head of Programs and Deputy CEO at Kenya Gatsby Trust; and as Senior Program Manager with Forest Action Network. He is currently involved in consultancy, and serves as Senior Advisor with Strategic Connections Kenya Limited.
Tom has been the board chairman of Eastern Africa Association of Grant makers (EAAG) and served as the interim coordinator of the African Grant Makers Network (AGN) for a period during which AGN was hosted by KCDF in Kenya. He serves in other several private and public boards.
Matt Reeves is based in Nairobi as the Aga Khan Foundation’s Global Lead for Civil Society. He has worked for over fifteen years in international development and social change organisations, supporting the design, implementation and measurement of civil society organisational, network and systems strengthening initiatives in over twenty-five countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Matt began his career teaching English in the Gambia and Japan. Most recently, he worked as Global Director for Capacity Development at Pact. In his current role, he is responsible for the development, piloting and scale-up of a toolkit to support the implementation and measurement of the Aga Khan Foundation’s civil society strengthening work.
Matt holds an MSc in Geography from the University of Bristol and MPA in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has taught Masters level courses in designing/managing development initiatives and multi-stakeholder facilitation.
Tade Akin Aina
Tade Akin Aina is Executive Director of the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR – Kenya). PASGR is an independent, nonpartisan, pan-African not-for-profit organization established in 2011 and located in Nairobi, Kenya. PASGR runs a collaborative Master of Research and Public Policy(MRPP) programme in 13 universities in 7 countries; a research programme with activities/projects in 16 countries and a professional development training programme with participants from 25 African countries.
Formerly he was Program Director of Higher Education and Libraries in Africa for the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 2008 to 2014.
He studied sociology at the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics and obtained his PhD from the University of Sussex, UK. Dr. Aina was appointed full Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lagos in 1993. He served as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Dakar, Senegal- based Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa(CODESRIA) from 1993 to 1998. From 1998 to 2008 he worked in the Nairobi office of the Ford Foundation and spent a short period as the Acting Regional Representative of the Ford Foundation office for Middle East and North Africa in Cairo.
He was Regional Representative for the Ford Foundation Office for Eastern Africa between 2003 and 2008. He is or has been a board member of Trust Africa, Dakar, Senegal; African Population Health Research Centre(APHRC)Nairobi, Kenya; Winrock International, USA; Seeding Labs, USA; the Kenya Human Rights Commission and the King Baudouin Foundation-USA. He is also a member of the Council of the United States International University, (USIU-Africa), Nairobi, Kenya. He is an author, co-author, Editor and Co-Editor of eleven books and monographs and recently co-edited, with Bhekinkosi Moyo, the volume Giving to Help, Helping to Give: The Context and Politics of African Philanthropy (Amalion, 2013).
Purity Murugu is the Corporate Partnership Coordinator at KCDF and has worked for the last fifteen years in public relations and marketing. She has over ten years’ experience in local fundraising and building local brands. Ms. Murugu was the brainchild behind the Mater Heart Run, an event that she initiated from its humble beginning to what has become a national fundraiser before she moved on to join Kenya Community Development Foundation.
Purity is a gifted marketer and has very strong qualities that includes persuasiveness with strong interpersonal skills. She is also very convincing, courteous, conversational, proactive, and very analytical. She is very empathetic to community issues and a firm believer of the idea that if communities get empowered, they are able to take charge of their own development and that the role of development agencies is to facilitate and trigger transformation.
Some of the notable achievements include building and managing corporate and individual networks, promote KCDF programmes to funders and profile KCDF’s programmes and approaches to the various networks locally. In the ten years of a being a fundraiser, Purity has been instrumental in mobilizing resources that have positively impacted on various beneficiaries who include marginalized children and communities.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Marketing. She is also a chartered Marketer and a member of Kenya Association of Professional Fundraisers (KAPF). She is also a seasoned facilitator in local fundraising where she builds capacities of local organizations on various strategies and tactics in local resource mobilization.
Francis M. Kamau is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at KCDF Investment Holdings Limited, a company setup to generate dividends as a sustainability channel for the Kenya Community Development Foundation and Kagiso Trust who are the shareholders.
The COO role entails overall responsibility for the financial and investment arms of KCDF Investment Holdings, taking a lead role in deal structuring and preparation for both Board and Investment Committee meetings and responsible for the day-to-day running of the Investment company. He is currently managing two key investment portfolios at the KCDF-IH, whose potential for upside is great.
Francis also served as the Finance and Investment Director at KCDF for a number of years. He was responsible for all finance and investment related issues at the Foundation and the KCDF Trust. During his tenure the Foundation handled significant grants from USAID (under the auspices of Clinton Global Initiative and the Global Give Back Circle), Comic Relief and Wilde Ganzen. At the Trust level, the endowment grew significantly from USD 3Million to USD 8Million in six years, with 25% of the portfolio in properties.
Francis holds an MBA in finance) from the University of Nairobi, Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration (IBA) from United States International University-Africa. He is also a Certified Public Accountant-CPA (K) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPA-K).
Nienke Nuyens (1978) studied Social Sciences and Communication Management at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She started working as a campaigner for Wemos Foundation to advocate in international fora such as the UN for more transparent regulations on child nutrition and medicines in developing countries. At the Dutch Youth Institute, she developed a subsidy programme for global citizenship amongst youth, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Nienke has been working for the Wilde Ganzen Foundation since April 2016. She’s a Project Manager for the Change the Game Academy, which aims at strengthen the capacity of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in low and middle income countries to raise funds locally and to mobilise other kinds of support. Blended learning (online and classroom courses), intensive coaching and learning-on-the-job is offered through Change the Game Academy in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, India, Bangladesh, Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso, Guatemala and Brazil.
For more information visit: www.linkedin.com/in/nienkenuyens, www.changethegameacademy.org
Kgotso Buni Schoeman
Chief Executive, Kagiso Capital
BA Economics, Advanced Financial Management Diploma, Cambridge Advance Leadership Programme
Kgotso Schoeman is currently the chief executive officer of Kagiso Capital, a new investment company established by Kagiso Trust (KT). He has been involved with KT for over 20 years and CEO for 10 years. He successfully managed KT’s transition from being dependent on international grants from donors such as the EU, Japanese government and Swedish Development Agency, to a trust that is now self-financed through its investment company. He was responsible for managing the R260 million annual budget of KT.
Over the years he led the design of very strategic and important programmes for KT and partner organisations. He led the team responsible for the design and implementation of the current strategy of KT, which has unlocked partnership funding agreements with the private sector and government. The two flagship programmes of KT are the R190 million partnership agreement with the Free State Education Department and the R400 million partnership agreement between Shanduka Foundation, KT and the Free State Education Department.
He also holds directorships on the following external companies: Kagiso Africa Investments (KAI), Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF), KTH, Kagiso Trust Strategic Investments, Open Learning Holdings and Onelogix.
Mrs Jane Wathome MBA, BA
Mrs. Wathome is a visionary leader motivated to better the lives of the less privileged. She is passionate about empowerment and has a zeal for excellence in all spheres. In her career spanning over 30 years she as accrued extensive executive leadership and management knowledge and skills, project initiation and management and setting structures that sustainably support the projects. She has developed and maintained close working relationships with local and international partners.Mrs Wathome holds Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nairobi and Masters in Biblical Counseling from International Leadership University.
Mrs. Wathome has worked as a Senior Marketing Executive with Various Multinational Companies gaining great experience in product development, sales and marketing. She worked at Nairobi chapel for more than 10 years where she founded the Lay Counseling Ministry, Women's Ministry, Hospitality and hospital visitation programs which run up to date.
Currently she is the founder and Executive Director Beacon of Hope. Beacon of Hope is a successful Faith based Non Governmental organization- with strong social enterprise approach. The organization runs an integrated model that has served over 450,000 individuals since 2002. Currently the organization has a presence in Kajiado, Nairobi and Machakos Counties respectively.
Rev/Dr. Mary Kinoti
Mary is one of the founders and currently the Chief Executive Officer of Riziki Kenya. Mary and the founding team envisioned the Riziki initiative back in the year 1999 to serve orphaned and vulnerable children who are often marginalized. She is a developmental psychologist with over 30 years experience in community development, she has been in the fore front of strategic leadership in resource mobilization for education of needy children.Mary is recognized both nationally and internationally as a transformative women leader and academician. She has been involved in academic research and Youth Mentorship & Training with Daystar University, Kenya Methodist University (KEMU), NACADA as well as the catholic university of eastern Africa (CUEA).
She is an optimistic scholar with masters degree from Emory university and a Doctorate degree from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). She is a trained and commissioned missioner of hope of the Children of Africa.Mary is a life member of the Young Women Christian Association and holder several awards.
Maurice Makoloo is the Regional Director, Ford Foundation, Office for Eastern Africa. Maurice joined the Foundation on January 16, 2012. Previously, Maurice was the Director of the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG), a leading environmental research and advocacy institution based in Nairobi that has been a longstanding grantee of the Ford Foundation.
At ILEG, Maurice initiated and led a range of research and advocacy campaigns to advance sustainable development and effective governance over natural resources. As a legal practitioner, he has prosecuted many public interest cases on behalf of local communities and other vulnerable groups. He also served a six-year term as the secretary to Kenya's Public Complaints Committee on the Environment, a position to which he was appointed by the Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources.
Maurice also served as the inaugural Convener of the Environmental Law Committee of the Law Society of Kenya.
Briggs Bomba is the Project Director with TrustAfrica, where he serves as coordinator of Zimbabwe Alliance – a donor collaborative founded by TrustAfrica, Wallace Global Fund, Schooner Foundation and International Development Exchange. ZimAlliance works to strengthen civil society and promote human rights, democracy and accountability in Zimbabwe.
Briggs also coordinates TrustAfrica’s pan African initiative to combat illicit financial flows from Africa - a partnership with Ford Foundation, under which he oversees a portfolio that includes grantmaking, convenings, research and capacity building initiatives to support civil society partners across the continent. Previously Briggs served as Director of Campaigns for Africa Action in Washington, D.C. He holds a Masters of Science Degree in Applied and Social Economics from Wright State University (Ohio, USA). He is a leading analyst on democracy and economic development issues in Africa.
Rosemary Gathara is a graduate Nutritionist, BSc Foods Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons), and has done various courses in Behaviour Change Communication, Health Promotion, Fundraising and Advocacy.
She is currently the Program Coordinator of the Kenyan Association for the Welfare of People with Epilepsy (KAWE) which is involved in community based epilepsy services including promotive, curative, preventive, and educational services. She previously worked extensively in rural and informal urban settlements promoting safe water use, malaria and HIV prevention practices, services and products also contributing to authoring of a manual on community behaviour change communication.
She has over 10 years’ experience in program management, behaviour change communication & health promotion and 7 years’ experience in fundraising/resource mobilisation.
Phyllis Engefu Ombonyo
Phyllis Ombonyo, PhD (Strategic Management, Ongoing), MBA (Strategic Management), BSc. (First Class Honors), is the Director of the Yetu Initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation and USAID; and the 2016 Power/Water woman of the Year awardee of the African Utility Week. Yetu seeks to catalyze local philanthropy by working with select civil society organizations to build their assets, trust and capacity while brokering relations with the private sector. As the Yetu director, she has supported organizations to conceive and launch their local fundraising drives; initiated and executed various capacity building initiatives aimed at enhancing CSO sustainability.
Previously she worked as the Director, Business Development at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) where she spearheaded fundraising, donor and partner relations, grant writing, grants management, program management, capacity building and communications in order to achieve appropriate and sustainable funding base while positioning the organization as a leading brand.
Phyllis has also worked for Africa Capacity Alliance (ACA); Oxfam GB in Kenya, South Sudan, Nigeria and Sierra Leone; and Summer Institute of Linguistics. She has forged several relationships with major bilateral and multilateral funders and leveraged these relationships to pursue organizational objectives. To-date, Phyllis has raised over USD $6 Million.
Robert Wiggers (1956, Netherlands) is manager of the programme department and deputy director of Wilde Ganzen Foundation. He has been working in the development aid sector since 1984 for organisations like the Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation (NUFFIC), the Free University (Amsterdam), ICCO and Wilde Ganzen.
With broad experience in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, India, Central, East and South Africa and Brazil, Robert represented Dutch NGOs in their relations with the European Union and was a board member of several Dutch development NGOs. On behalf of Wilde Ganzen he’s a member of the steering committee of the World’s Best News campaign in the Netherlands. Under the supervision of Robert the programme department of Wilde Ganzen initiated several ground breaking capacity strengthening programmes on local fundraising, lobby and advocacy, and the frames development organisations use in their communication and fundraising outings.
Robert is doing Ph.D. Research on the trade relations between the Netherlands and the Congo Independent State (1857-1908).
Evans Otieno Okinyi
Evans Otieno Okinyi is the Chief Executive Officer for the East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG). He is passionate and highly skilled in the Philanthropy sector with over 8 years of progressive working experience in the broader development sector.
Among his priorities at EAAG include strengthening the philanthropy sector by facilitating platforms that promote local giving and enhance philanthropy-government collaborations. This is in addition to profiling the contribution of the philanthropy infrastructure and championing for a better policy and legal environment for local philanthropy. He seats on the governance board of various non-profit support networks such as Africa Philanthropy Network and VIWANGO and has been instrumental in establishment of the Africa Philanthropy Support Organizations Initiative (APSO).
He holds a Bsc degree in Agri-Economics from Egerton University and a Master’s degree in Economic Policy Management from the University of Nairobi.
Mwihaki Muraguri is a seasoned professional in the area of development and philanthropy. Over the course of her profession she has worked in philanthropic institutions such as the Rockefeller Foundation, where she led the foundations work in health and philanthropy in Africa, and with the KCB Foundation, one of Kenya’s first corporate foundations working across East Africa. In addition she spent several years in the area of HIV and AIDS service delivery with Amref Health Africa, Africa’s largest homegrown health NGO.
Through her work she has advocated for and supported the growth of the philanthropic sector on the continent through networks such as the African Philanthropy Forum, the African Grantmakers Network and the East Africa Association of Grantmakers.
Currently Ms Muraguri is an independent advisor where she continues to support the philanthropic sector most notably through documentation and advisory services. She was a contributing author to the first toolkit for African Philanthropists, a handbook targeted at emerging individual philanthropists; and recently documented the story of Kenya’s oldest community foundation, detailing its twenty year contributions in the field.
An ardent storyteller, Mwihaki is happily based in Nairobi, Kenya, the city with the best weather on the planet, which is unfortunately countered by the world’s most unpredictable traffic.
Executive Director of Adeso, Degan Ali has an impressive track record of more than 20 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, organizational development, program management, and business development strategies. Among other things, in 2003, Degan designed and oversaw the delivery of the first large-scale cash aid distribution program in Africa implemented by a NGO rather than a government agency. Under her leadership, Adeso has pioneered and championed market based and dignified solutions to aid - globally allowing cash transfers to become a standard type of aid response.
Degan is a regular commentator on humanitarian action. She is not afraid to speak her mind when lives are at stake, speaking on a variety of issues such as localization of humanitarian aid, food security and security information, the Somalia famine response, cash programming, and the importance of supporting private sector driven remittances.
Most recently, Degan has been an active member of the leadership council for the Network of Empowered Aid Response (NEAR); a network of Southern NGOs with a mission to reshape the to-down humanitarian and development system to one that is locally driven and owned.
Sonia is a dynamic Kenyan professional with interest and experience in the public, private and development sectors. She currently works as an independent consultant. Her areas of expertise include: Programme Coordination and Management for community-driven development; Grant Management; Project design and management; Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening; Strategic Planning for public sector and development sector organizations as well as for national and grassroots development organizations; Organizational and programme assessment; Event coordination and management; and Procurement (public sector and in non-profit organizations), and policy development experience with focused on youth empowerment. Sonia has experience working in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, the Sudan, India, Madagascar, Ghana, Togo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Sonia is passionate about volunteerism and a firm believer in African philanthropy. She is former staff member at KCDF, as the Youth Programmes Coordinator and also worked at Ufadhili Trust. For many years, Sonia has been a volunteer with various organizations working in the community and serving as a board member. She believes in the inevitability of communities as donors, beneficiaries as benefactors, and corporations as citizens with a duty to the greater good.
Swatantra Gupta is a graduate from University of London and has acquired master's degree in Sustainable Development. He has more than a decade experience in corporate partnerships. At present Swatantra is spearheading Corporate Partnerships & Alliances division of a well-known Indian non-profit Smile Foundation. He has been with Smile Foundation for over seven years and thus his experience of raising funds from corporate sector is immense.
In addition to Swatantra's exposure of building relationships with business houses, he has been a core member of Action for Children program as well as Change the Game Academy. His experience of fundraising has also been extremely useful in giving trainings to grassroots NGOs in India.
On CSR front he has worked on developing projects for Smile Foundation with companies such as Ericsson, Philips, Deutsche Bank, PepsiCo, Siemens and many more. Further, as a very interesting part of corporate partnership Swatantra also has a vast experience in conceptualizing and organizing large fundraising events and cause-related marketing campaigns for various FMCG companies.
Gargi Kapoor is a graduate from the University of Delhi, and has acquired master's degree in Social Work from Vidyasagar University other than post graduate diplomas in Public Relations and also Human Rights. She has more than a decade’s experience in project management of development projects.
At present Gargi is leading the Mission Education program at Smile Foundation, one of the leading NGOs of India. She has been associated with Smile Foundation for the past four years having valuable experience in planning, monitoring, facilitating and implementing education projects in partnership with grassroots community based organizations.
Additionally Gargi has been involved in nurturing relationship with grassroots organizations,contributing to the Action for Children program as well as Change the Game Academy. She has been associated with organizing and facilitating trainings to grassroots NGOs in India.
She is responsible towards developing and managing projects for Smile Foundation with corporates such as PepsiCo, Fidelity Information Services, Target international, Mitsubishi Electric and likewise.
Bongiwe N. Njobe
Ms. Bongiwe N. Njobe, is currently Executive Director and Founder of ZANAC Consulting – a strategy, management and policy practice consultancy, working in the agricultural and sustainability area. Bongiwe Njobe has over 30 years’ experience in agricultural policy practice, fast moving consumer goods and sustainable development in the public, private and non-governmental sector in Africa and at an international level. In her current role, she has undertaken management strategy and policy practice work within the South African Government and public entities, the Fruit and Grain Industries in South Africa.
She had worked within the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), for the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) on the Science Agenda for Africa, women in finance, gender and agriculture projects with the African Development Bank. She currently serves and a non-executive director on the boards of CIMMYT (international Maize and Wheat Research Institute), the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, Kagiso Trust, Vumelana Advisory Fund, HORTGRO and Fruit South Africa. She is a member of the Institute of Directors (South Africa) – Sustainability Committee and a Director of several companies.
Bongiwe Njobe has previously worked as Group Executive: Corporate Sustainability at Tiger Brands Limited, where she also served on its board, as a Director of Langerberg and Ashton Foods (a subsidiary) and as a founding trustee of the Tiger Brands Foundation. She has also served as Corporate Affairs director at the SABMiller subsidiary South African Breweries Ltd where she was responsible for maintaining and upholding the South African Breweries’ corporate reputation and for overseeing the implementation of its corporate relations activities, sustainability strategy and functions, public policy initiatives including the responsible drinking campaigns as well as the communication and.
As Director General at South Africa’s National Department of Agriculture (1997 – 2004) Njobe was responsible for the development of agricultural policy, related legislation, implementation of national agricultural development programs and oversight of several public entities such as the Agricultural Research Council, Perishable Products Export Control Board and the Land and Agricultural Bank of South Africa.
In her role with the National Department of Agriculture she was responsible for ensuring South Africa’s membership of the CGIAR, participated in the development of the CAADP framework and the establishment of FARA all of it being in support of her responsibility to guide and support the representation of South African Agriculture internationally.
She has served in numerous advisory panels, speaker and non-executive roles including - as a member of the DST/NRF Steering Committee on Food Security (current), South African Reference Group on Women in Science, a panel member for the Inter-Academy Council Study Panel on Science and Technology, Commissioner for the Presidential National Commission on Information Society and Development (SA); member of the Uganda Academy of Sciences Consensus Panel on Country Ownership, member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Consensus Panel on Agricultural Education and Training in South Africa, Chairperson of South African National Biodiversity Institute (SA); member and Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors of National Business Initiatives; Non-Executive Director of The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited; as Vice Chairperson of FARA. She holds a MSc Agric Eng. from the Agriculture University – Vassil Kolarov in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Sanda Ojiambo is the Head of Corporate Responsibility at Safaricom. In this role, she heads the Safaricom Foundation, the MPESA Foundation, Sustainable Business, Environmental Management, and Technology for Development. Sanda is an Economist and Public Policy Analyst by training, with 15 years of multi sectoral policy and development work in the NGO and UN sectors working extensively through Saharan Africa; and nine years corporate sector experience in Kenya.
Team Leader - Livelihoods, Environment & Climate Change Adaptation
Dedicated community development expert with ten years of experience in organizing, planning, implementing, monitoring & evaluating development programmes with a lot of enthusiasm, adaptability and love for fresh ideas. Highly experienced in grants management, resource mobilization, Children and youth, Livelihoods, Community Health, Climate Change Adaptation & Environment, Education, Policy, Partnerships & Networking, Capacity Development, and Organizational Development.
I have a Master of Arts degree in project planning and management from Nairobi University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management for Community Development from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI, Arusha), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Community Development & Social Work from Daystar University.
A development practitioner with over twelve years experience-managing programmes in the great lakes region implemented through local, national and international non-governmental organizations covering a wide range of development areas: Peace & security, Governance, education, gender and public policy. Worked for the national council of churches of Kenya, Norwegian Church Aid -Burundi, Rwanda and DR Congo programme and most recently the Danish Refugee Council managing a great lakes regional civil society programme.
Currently, the programme coordinator at VIWANGO, a civil society self regulating mechanism designed and established in 2009 by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Kenya, out of the need to strengthen their credibility and legitimacy as actors in development. Its primary mission is to improve the performance of CSOs through the promotion and application of the set and agreed minimum standards of excellence as well as voluntary independent certification.
Eunice Daritsu Fedha
Ms. Eunice Daritsu is the Head of Finance and Accounting and the Ag. Director Finance and Administration at the Council of Governors Secretariat. She has been working with the Council for the last three years and has over 10 years of working in Finance and Development.Eunice offers Financial, and Administrative support and technical supports to the Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs and Trade and Investment Committees of the Council of Governors.
Prior to her current position, Eunice served for six year as a programme officer with Dorcas Aid International in development programmes.She has Bachelors in Accounting from Daystar University and Diploma in HRM from Kenya Institute of Management. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Business Administration, Finance option.
Irungu Houghton is the founding Chairperson of the Kenyan based Kilimani Project Foundation. One of Kenya’s youngest Foundations, the Foundation has created a model for cross-class urban organisation and local government advocacy. Irungu is also the Associate Director for the Society for International Development, having recently completed a decade of service with Oxfam.
He is widely known as a skillful change campaigner fighting corruption and protecting civic organisations and public spaces. He has been recognized with awards from New African magazine, Nation Media Group, Oxfam, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the African Union.