News & Analysis: Giving and philanthropy

L.A. Times owner pledges $213 million for COVID-19 vaccine work in South Africa

“Los Angeles Times owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong will give an initial $213 million to South Africa, the country of his birth, to help with the transfer of new technology for COVID-19 vaccines and other therapies.”

via Los Angeles Times

Ethiopia: Red Cross Donates 27m Birr to COVID-19 Relief

“The Red Cross also announced that it has managed to reach some 13.6 million people through its humanitarian efforts over the first half of the current fiscal year.”

via Fortune

Interview with Julie Gichuru: Building Community Resilience and Leveraging Storytelling to Tackle COVID-19

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Julie Gichuru about the Mastercard Foundation’s response to COVID-19 in Africa.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19 drives 40% spike in number of people needing humanitarian aid

“The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a 40% increase in the number of people needing humanitarian assistance around the globe, the United Nations said… as it appealed for roughly $35 billion to help many of those expected to be in need next year.”

via Reuters

Crises have changed. Can the aid industry?

“The humanitarian system has developed to respond to geographically contained and separate crises that are usually a long-haul flight from the centres of power and wealth that sustain it.”

via The New Humanitarian

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

Chevron and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Donate PCR Lab to Warri Central Hospital

“The provision of the state-of-the-art molecular laboratory testing centre with a brand new PCR machine brings COVID-19 testing centres to two in the state.”

via This Day

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