Giving for Change is a project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Power of Voices funding scheme. The project is led by an international consortium consisting of the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF), Africa Philanthropy Network (APN), Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) and Wilde Ganzen (WG). These organisations are brought together by their shared vision on community-led development through community and domestic philanthropy. The Giving for Change Alliance also includes national anchor institutions in eight countries (Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Palestine). Micaia Foundation is the national anchor in Mozambique.
The Giving for Change programme sets out a bold vision for transforming how “development is done” by focusing specifically on the recognition and importance of domestic resources in increasing local ownership, unlocking agency and strengthening communities’ ability to claim entitlements from different actors, especially government. Underlying all of this is the larger issue of power: while there is an explicit focus on strengthening rights and claiming capacities of communities in relation to public government structures, another dimension of the programme relates specifically to overcoming power dynamics and establishing more equitable practices within the international development system itself.