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Celebrating Milestones: Unveiling our Newest Cohort of Portfolio Partners

Feb 1, 2024

We are thrilled to unveil the recipients of African Visionary Fund’s 2023 grants!

On January 31, 2024, our community joined us in welcoming our fourth cohort of Visionary Partners. Through this grant cycle, we have committed $2.7 million to support 12 organizations, expanding our portfolio to 35 remarkable African-founded and led organizations. Our total commitments to African-led organizations has now reached $8.2 million.

Grant Cycle 4: Changes and Opportunities

In response to the overwhelming number of applications received during our third grant cycle in 2022, we opted to reassess the organizations in our pipeline that met our eligibility criteria but were not selected. Instead of opening 2023 applications to the public, we invited 2022 applicants to complete a refresher form in late August 2023. 

Another notable change in 2023 was the establishment of our inaugural Participatory Grantmaking Committee. As we aim to shift decision-making power to locally-rooted leaders on the continent, the committee consisted of current portfolio partners, colleagues from peer organizations, our programs team, and members of our Board. Their dedication, hard work, and unwavering support underscored the collaborative and participatory spirit that defines the African Visionary Fund.

Meet Our New Partners!

We are energized by this dynamic and innovative cohort of Visionary Partners. These 12 organizations are poised to make a significant impact across 5 sectors and 10 countries

  • Blossom Academy bridges Africa’s tech skills gap with tailored 12-week data science fellowships in data analytics, data science, data engineering and artificial intelligence. (Ghana and Nigeria)

  • Drop of Water is improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation while promoting healthy hygiene practices to communities in rural parts of Ethiopia. (Ethiopia)

  • The Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation (EMKF) works alongside the government and local emergency healthcare providers to strengthen Kenya’s emergency healthcare system through capacity building, knowledge development, advocacy and research. (Kenya)

  • Faith in Action empowers at-risk Burundian women to engage actively in their communities through a holistic community and family-based approach. (Burundi)

  • Foundation for Community and Capacity Development (FOCCAD) is improving access to quality health services for women, children and young adults by bridging the distance, logistics and capacity gap between health systems and communities. (Malawi)

  • Gender Mobile Initiative (GMI) utilizes technology to offer resources and support services to victims and survivors of gender-based violence, providing services such as trauma counseling, legal support, psychosocial support, and livelihood support. (Nigeria)

  • HelpMum uses the power of mobile technology and low-cost innovation to tackle maternal and infant mortality in rural, underserved areas in Nigeria. (Nigeria)

  • Kids Educational Engagement Project (KEEP) addresses Liberia’s inequality gap by championing literacy and advocating for equality in education, human rights, and resource access. (Liberia)

  • Pride Community Health Organization (PRICHO) supports HIV prevention and comprehensive care for women, youth, and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Zambia. (Zambia)

  • Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS) is dedicated to promoting the rights of marginalized individuals, pioneering initiatives to advance girls’ education, combat child labor, and empower women and girls. (Ghana)

  • Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) is a scientific organization that unites multidisciplinary scientists who contribute to national and international scholarship, policy-making, and socioeconomic development through evidence-based solutions for complex development challenges. (Uganda)

  • WoteSawa Domestic Workers Organization is dedicated to advocating for the rights of domestic workers and combating human trafficking, with a specific focus on child trafficking. (Tanzania) 

Meet the exceptional changemakers at the helm of our latest cohort:

Reaching our $10M Goal!

Our fourth grantmaking cycle marks a key milestone for the African Visionary Fund. We have reached and exceeded our founding mission to raise $10 million by 2023 to fund and support 35  African-founded and led organizations. This milestone is a reflection of the dedication of our team and the trust our institutional funders and individual donors place in us. 

We express our profound gratitude to our funding partners. It is a privilege to be in partnership with individuals and organizations that align with our commitment to driving critical resources to African changemakers who are making a lasting impact in their communities. 

Announcement Event Recap

If you missed our celebration, you can catch the entire event HERE. Get to know the leaders driving these resilient organizations, and discover ways you can contribute to their work. To explore our entire portfolio, visit africanvisionary.org/partners.

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