Government and philanthropic organizations increased virtual support and coordination to provide pandemic relief, and diaspora and local communities continued to support the giving environment in South Africa and Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic
Philanthropic organizations in Kenya and South Africa have similar philanthropic environments. In Kenya, a moderate philanthropic environment (at an overall score of 3.50), is largely fueled by strong cultural heritage and informal philanthropic giving, with increased support in recent years from the government and philanthropic alliances to boost the country’s formal philanthropic environment. In South Africa, the modest philanthropic environment (at an overall score of 3.51), is compounded of historic, social, and cultural public engagement, which has promoted philanthropic values, with growing support from the government through legislative measures to support philanthropic organizations and giving.
The global outbreak of COVID-19 has significantly affected the philanthropic landscape in both countries. Findings from the 2022 Global Philanthropy Environment Index (GPEI) show that in both Kenya and South Africa, donations from the public, increased collaboration among donors, and funding and resources leveraged by charitable organizations delivered services to vulnerable communities. At the same time, many philanthropic organizations lost funding support and even collapsed. The 2022 GPEI also found that philanthropic giving and funding support increased in both countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide emergency and essential services.
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