News & Analysis: Giving and philanthropy

Building back better – Boosting research in Seychelles after the COVID-19 pandemic

“Nature Seychelles has received £60,000 for its ‘Building back Better in the Age of COVID-19’ campaign. The funds are to be used to boost high level science in Seychelles by contributing to the construction of a new research centre on Cousin Island Special Reserve.”

via Seychelles Nation

Taiwan’s New Rep Office in Somaliland is Really Ramping Up Its COVID-19 Donation Diplomacy

“Representative Allen Chenhwa Lou handed over 400 cartons of medical supplies including Taiwan-made surgical masks, N95 masks, PPE, protective clothes and face shields to Somali Minister of Health Development H.E. Omar Ali Abdillahi.”

via China-Africa Project

Solidarity Fund could continue work beyond lockdown

“South Africa’s most generously endowed local philanthropic fund could continue its work for the foreseeable future. As the country prepares to move to Level 1 of lockdown, some of the Solidarity Fund’s major donors have indicated their desire for the fund to continue operating.”

via Daily Maverick

Egypt sends aid to 30 African countries

“Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has ordered the delivery of $4 million worth of medical aid to 30 African countries to help them combat coronavirus.”

via Arab News

South Africa’s $30bn COVID-19 relief package exposed to fraud

“South Africa’s auditor general said on Wednesday that some of the money in its 500 billion rand ($30 billion) COVID-19 relief package may have been fraudulently paid to improper beneficiaries. Reports of suspect deals between government officials and businesses providing medical equipment or food aid parcels to the poor, as well as mismanagement of the disaster fund, have sparked public outrage.”

via Reuters

Hospital continues to receive donations to fight COVID-19 (Seychelles)

“The Seychelles department of health accepted donations from various partners aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19. The donations came from the National Disaster Relief Fund and Cable and Wireless who partnered together to donate a PCR machine. Gran Kaz donated a ventilator and Ruth Rosette made a personal monetary contribution.”

via Seychelles Nation

South Korea Launches Project to Support Morocco’s COVID-19 Response

“The project, developed in partnership with NGO Global Care and Morocco’s Ministry of Health, aims to provide Moroccan hospitals and medical facilities with medical equipment and protective gear for health workers. It also aims to raise the awareness among Moroccans about COVID-19 and provide psychological support for vulnerable social groups.”

via Morocco World News

A Turning Point for Planetary Health

“COVID-19 has had a detrimental effect on environmental conservation. Not only has funding been diverted to deal with the pandemic, conservation-oriented organizations are operating with minimal staff or have closed entirely. The good news is that there is an unprecedented opportunity for philanthropy to recharge the effort to protect the planet.”

via Milken Institute

Mastercard Foundation and Ghana Red Cross Society Team Up to Tackle COVID-19

“The $645,000 partnership, part of the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program in Ghana, will enable the distribution of PPEs to Community-based Health Planning and Services compounds and community health facilities.”

via Mastercard Foundation

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta Wants to Know What Happened to the Missing Jack Ma PPE Donations

“Under mounting public pressure, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered an investigation into Kenya Medical Supplies Authority and its handling of the March 2020 PPE donations from the Jack Ma Foundation, amid allegations that they were illicitly sold, lost or wasted.”

via China-Africa Project