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Inspire others with your story

Q&A with Melody Mandevere

Quote: “Yes, the West has done a lot in Africa, but we need to write our Africa stories, heralding our challenges, opportunities and achievements.”

How does your research help develop African philanthropy?

Many people in Africa have a natural motivation to give, however, there are many factors that affect their giving. They are likely to be demotivated in their efforts if there is mistrust between the giver and the beneficiaries.  Also, people get more motivated to give by external influences when they see how others doing it are impacting the world around them.  Lastly, some people want to give but are not sure of how to reach their intended beneficiaries.  My research will help to communicate information on what is happening around African philanthropy with the hopes of reducing the mistrust surrounding philanthropy and encouraging others to get involved. 

What led you to add a philanthropic lens to your research?

Growing up I was surrounded by “philanthropists”. A community could contribute for the welfare of a family or individual etc. Literature mainly talks about western or external philanthropy.  Yes, the West has done a lot in Africa, but we need to write our Africa stories, heralding our challenges, opportunities, and achievements.

What is your vision for African philanthropy in Africa?

As the African economy is growing, we need to develop a system that will be able to run thriving foundations to help our fellow Africans. A future where states implement policies that support and encourage philanthropy.  Over and above this, we will need to have more grant-making organisations that support smaller organisations that are directly focused on the socio-economic needs of communities.

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An automotive pioneer, philanthropist, and leader in the community, Charles Stewart Mott cared about innovation, fairness, and communities. By working toward a world where each individual’s quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation continues this legacy.

A founding funder of the Centre, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation supported the establishment of the Chair and continues to support our programmes.

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