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Top 10 Non-Governmental Organizations Shaping Africa’s Future




With over 1.4 billion people, the African continent’s story wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging the role non-governmental organizations have played in various fields. We can’t deny the fact that the continent is still at a stage, where the contributions of NGOs are needed to create better opportunities.

Annually, billions of dollars are invested on the continent through various philanthropic initiatives and its impact can be attributed to the dedication of organizations who have been working on the continent for centuries.


The list of 10 Leading NGOs Shaping Africa’s Future is part of Avance Media’s effort in honouring organizations whose collective efforts greatly contribute to the development of the continent through key sectors such as education, health, climate change, agriculture and economic empowerment.

On criteria for selection, the team looked at the works of these organizations for the past 5 years, their presence in 2 or more African countries, their working partnership with other NGOs based on the availability of annual or Impact reports.

As part of the 2022 Avance Media honours, listed NGOs have been presented as nominees for the 2022 NGO of the Year Award. This will be announced and presented after public votes which would be announced during the outdooring of the honourees. Voting for the 2022 NGO of the Year will be done via and closes on 20th March 2022.


More information about the list is published on

Below are the 10 Leading NGOs Shaping Africa Future by Avance Media



1. Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa –  – founded 2006

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is an organisation that seeks to transform African agriculture from a subsistence model to strong businesses that improve the livelihoods of the continent’s farming households.

AGRA is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, from where a team of African scientists, economists and business leaders supports its country operations and African governments. The institution also has offices in 11 African countries, under the management of country leads, who oversee the deployment of the organisation’s national strategy.

2. Merck Foundation – – founded 2012

The Merck Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through Science and Technology. Our efforts are primarily focused on improving access to quality & equitable healthcare solutions, building healthcare, scientific research & media capacity and empowering people in STEM* with a special focus on women and youth in under-served communities.


3. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – – founded 2000

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a private foundation founded by Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates. It was launched in 2000 and is reported as of 2020 to be the second-largest charitable foundation in the world, holding $49.8 billion in assets. With the help of Gates-funded vaccination drives, deaths from measles in Africa have dropped by 90 percent since 2000. The foundation has donated billions of dollars to help sufferers of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, protecting millions of children from death at the hands of preventable diseases.

4. Mastercard Foundation – – founded 2006

The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organizations to enable young people in Africa and in Indigenous communities in Canada to access dignified and fulfilling work. Through its Young Africa Works strategy, the foundation has an ambitious goal that by 2030, they would have enabled 30 million young people in Africa especially young women, to secure employment they see as dignified and fulfilling.

5. Tony Elumelu Foundation – – founded 2010

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is an African non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Tony O. Elumelu. The foundation has so far empowered 7,520 African entrepreneurs across 54 African countries. In 2015, TEF consolidated its various programmes and Initiatives and made investing in Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders a priority. The future of the Tony Elumelu Foundation centres on the provision of structured, robust, and multifaceted support to entrepreneurs around Africa through the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme.


6. Delta Philanthropies – – founded 2017

Delta Philanthropies is a charity organisation, founded by the Masiyiwa Family. Its projects are co-created, designed and implemented through Delta Philanthropies Trust and the Higherlife Foundation, both registered charitable organisations with operations in Zimbabwe. The foundation invests in projects in four critical areas for human capital development: Education; Health; Rural Transformation and Sustainable Livelihoods; and Disaster Relief and Preparedness with a focus on communities, women and children.

7. Global Citizen – – founded 2008

Global Citizen, also known as the Global Poverty Project, is an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyze the movement to end extreme poverty. The NGO was founded to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action to support the cause. Global Citizen’s vision is a world without extreme poverty by 2030. To achieve this, the organization works with people to make a difference in the present and focuses on improving the future by changing the systems and policies that keep people in poverty, by utilizing education, communications, advocacy, campaigning, and the media.

8. Amref Health Africa – – founded 1957

The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) is a non-governmental organization founded and based in Africa with 60 years of experience in health development. Today, it is one of the continent’s leading research organizations. It implements projects through country programs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Southern Sudan and South Africa; while training and consulting support are provided to 30 more countries. AMREF’s mission is to ensure that every African can enjoy the right to good health by helping to create vibrant networks of informed communities that work with empowered care providers in strong health systems.


9. Junior Achievement Africa – – founded 1919

Junior Achievement Africa is one of Africa’s largest organizations working on youth economic empowerment. JA Africa is a member of JA Worldwide, one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs. JA’s mission is to prepare youth for the future of jobs. Through the delivery of hands-on, blended learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, we empower young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings and secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. With more than 100 member countries, the JA Worldwide network is powered by over 470,000 volunteers and mentors, who serve more than 10 million young people around the world each year.

10. OXFAM – – founded 1942

Oxfam is a global movement of people who are fighting inequality to end poverty and injustice. Across regions, from the local to the global, we work with people to bring change that lasts. Oxfam’s work is grounded in the commitment to the universality of human rights. In 1995 a group of independent non-governmental organizations formed Oxfam International to share knowledge and resources and combine their efforts in the fight against poverty and injustice.

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President of Seychelles Island requests for Ghanaian teachers




The President of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, has requested for more Ghanaian teachers to be sent to his country to help in boosting the education system.

Already, five Ghanaian teachers are in the country and it is believed that their quality output and excellent delivery has culminated in this request. An agreement to that effect is in the offing.

This came to light when Ghana’s Ambassador to Seychelles, Charles Asuako Owiredu presented his accreditation to President Ramkalawan at the State House in Victoria.


Mr Owiredu, a former Deputy Foreign Minister is Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa with accreditations to Seychelles, Mauritius, Lesotho and Eswatini. He is based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Mr Owiredu was given full diplomatic reception including a guard of honour mounted by the military and a red carpet treatment after which he presented the credentials and had a brief interaction with the President.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Owiredu noted that his discussions with President Ramkalawan centred on ways to reinforce the existing bonds between the two nations for the mutual benefit of their peoples.


He indicated that the meeting with the president went well and the discussions was on how to strengthen the relationship further.

“We already have five Ghanaian teachers here and the president thinks that it will be good if we increase the number of teachers. That will be part of the agreement we are seeking to establish with Seychelles,” Mr Owiredu added.

Mr Owiredu also noted that Seychelles and Ghana have signed five agreements among those a general cooperation agreement, avoidance of double taxation, visa waiver for both countries, and re-exportation of tuna from Seychelles.


“So far we are doing well. Seychelles is doing well in the tourism sector due to the boldness of the president and the measures taken by the government. I want to take this relationship a notch higher to try and help each other. Ghana can also learn so many things from Seychelles,” Owiredu explained.

The High Commissioner also called on Vice President Ahmed Afif. Later he paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of the National Assembly, Roger Mancienne, Designated Minister Jean-François Ferrari, ministers, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and the Secretary-General of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mr Owiredu also met with members of the Ghanaian community living in Seychelles.


Source: Joy News

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