Announcing ‘Giving for Change’, A New Partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Taking Community Philanthropy to the Next Level!

KCDF is delighted to announce its participation in an exciting new partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that will invest in building on existing efforts of community philanthropy development that has been happening over years. The five-year, €24 million programme will be implemented in eight countries; Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Burkina Faso,  Mozambique, Palestine and Brazil, and is led by a consortium of four organizations:the Africa Philanthropy Network (APN), Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF), Wilde Ganzen and the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF). 

The aim of Giving for Change – part of the Dutch government’s ‘Power of Voices’ programme – is to foster local giving as an expression of voice, civic participation, solidarity and dissent. Giving for Change will promote the invested efforts in community philanthropy as a strategy for achieving community-led development by increasing local ownership, buy-in and rights claiming and by challenging the notion that development is something that is “done to” communities by external actors.

Against a global background of shrinking civic space, Giving for Change will encourage civil society organizations to value and adopt local resource mobilization as a form of constituency building, and as a way to strengthen their position as legitimate champions and defenders of diverse causes, with strong roots in the communities they serve.


While the programme will maintain an explicit focus on strengthening rights and claiming capacities of communities in relation to public government structures, another dimension of it relates specifically to challenging power dynamics, and establishing more equitable practices within the international development system itself.

The five year programme activities will include action research, trainings and grants to stimulate local giving, which will be led in each country by national anchor institutions. The role of the consortium members will be to help “weave” dialogue, learning and exchange across the programme itself, as well beyond to global platforms and audiences as part of larger advocacy and influencing efforts to transform development and philanthropic practice.



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