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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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Required Digital Photograph Dimensions For U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery 2024




All You Need To Know About The Required Digital Photograph Dimensions For 2024 American Visa Lottery Registration.

The U.S Department of State under the auspices of the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Wednesday, 5th October, 2022 opened the registration portal for the 2024 Diversity Visa Lottery Program.

As part of the requirements needed to successfully complete the DV 2024 application, a Digital Photograph with unique dimensions is required.


Below are some tips all potential 2024 Diversity Visa Lottery applicants must know concerning the standard digital photograph required for the registration.

Submitting a Digital Photograph  (U.S Visa Photo)

An applicant can take a new digital photograph or scan a recent (taken within the last six months) photograph with a digital scanner, if it meets all of the standards below.

1. DV entry photos must be of the same quality and composition as U.S. visa photos.


You can see examples of acceptable photos here.

2. Do not submit a photograph older than six months or a photograph that does not meet all of the standards described below.

3. Submitting the same photograph that you submitted with a prior year’s entry, a photograph that has been manipulated, or a photograph that does not meet the specifications below will make you ineligible for a DV.


Your photos or digital images must be:

  • In color

• In focus

• Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50 percent and 69 percent of the image’s total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.


The Digital Photograph Must Be:

• Taken within the last six months to reflect your current appearance

• Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background

• Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera


• With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open

• Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis

• Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.


• Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose.  Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.

• Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.

• Do not wear eyeglasses.


• If you normally wear a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo.

Review the Photo Examples to see examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos.  Photos copied or digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable.

In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine, and full-length photographs are not acceptable.


You must upload your digital image as part of  entry.

Your digital image format must be:

• In JPEG (.jpg) file format

• Equal to or less than 240 kB (kilobytes) in file size


• In a square aspect ratio (height must equal width)

• 600×600 pixels in dimension

Do you want to scan an existing photo?

In addition to the digital image requirements, your existing photo must be:


  • 2x2inches(51x51mm)

• Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels per millimeter)

 Taking photos of your baby or toddler

When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo, and your child should be looking at the camera with his or her eyes open.


Tip Lay your baby on his or her back on a plain white or off-white sheet. This one will ensure your baby’s head is supported and provide a plain background for the photo.

Make certain there are no shadows on your baby’s face, especially if you take a picture from above with the baby lying down.

Tip Cover a car seat with a plain white or off-white sheet and take a picture of 2:  your child in the car seat.  This will also ensure your baby’s head is supported.


How to register for DV 2024

Participants for DV 2024 can submit an entry by filling out the Diversity Visa Entry Form (DS-5501) on the registration website

Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the forms with your personal details, passport details, and family information (if any), and submit your digital photograph.

If you are married and/or have children at the time of submitting the entry form, include the names of your spouse and/or children in your entry.


You won’t be able to include your children who were born at the time of submitting the entry at a later date.

Print the confirmation that appears after submitting the entry and keep it until September 2024.

Applicants are to note that, the deadline for the DV2024 registration is 8th November, 2022.


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