Press Statement – DoGood.Africa Launch
Lagos, Nigeria, August 1st, 2019 – Digital platform, DoGood.Africa launches today to connect African people (and diaspora around the world) to not-for-profit and social impact projects in Africa that are in need of funding and technical support. All projects showcased on the DoGood.Africa platform are committed to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
With an endless number of deserving causes that need support, many donors in Africa and the diaspora find it challenging to ascertain which cause to donate to and offer voluntary service to. DoGood.Africa is utilizing technology making it easier for people to find projects and causes that they align with, to support them with donations and volunteer hours.
The Genesis of DoGood.Africa
In September 2015, the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 SDGs. Built on the principle of “leaving no one behind”, the Agenda emphasizes a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all. In the wake of this, many NGOs and social enterprises have been set up in Africa to achieve these milestones and many preexisting organizations and projects shifted their focus in order to meet these goals.
Though there has been clear progress in certain areas, we are still very far off the mark for achieving these goals globally and particularly across the African continent. In a survey conducted by DoGood.Africa with some African Non-Profit Organizations, 98% of the respondents confirmed that a major challenge is sourcing funds to carry out their groundwork.
Relying on government funding and international aid is not a sustainable model, DoGood.Africa believes crowdfunding is the key to bridging the funding gap for Non-Profits and Social Impact Organizations. Regardless of how many volunteers a project may have, in most cases, the availability of funds determines the success of a project.
How the DoGood.Africa Platform works
DoGood.Africa lists vetted projects from verified and credible Non-Profits and Social Impact Organizations on the website.
- Donors back these projects with funding and support.
- Funds raised are remitted to the organization to implement the project and we provide relevant support along the way.
- We seek regular feedback, updates and reports of project impact and progress and we share to the wider community of donors and other relevant stakeholders.
DoGood was born out of a desire to make a difference and change the narrative around Africa as an underdeveloped continent. DoGood.Africa has therefore been created to provide funding and technical support to social impact projects in Africa to ensure sustainable and seamless project implementation.
Starting from Nigeria where DoGood.Africa was founded, the platform is launching with some of the following projects:
- Empower Makoko Fishing Community: Makoko is a slum in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria. It is also a fishing community; this project plans to empower the community with better fishing equipment to increase their fishing yield and production working towards 1,2 and 8 of the UN SDGs. To find out more, visit: https://stg2.dogood.africa/project/empower-makoko/.
- Light up Kaduna: Under the initiative REES LIGHTS AFRICA, the project light up Nigeria is aimed at providing electricity access to rural and marginalized areas across Nigeria with no prior access, working towards achieving Goals 1, 7 and 13 of the UN SDGs. To find out more, visit: https://stg2.dogood.africa/project/light-up-kaduna/.
- Love In The Midst of War (LITMOW): Project LITMOW helps in rehabilitating survivors of the insurgency in Northern Nigeria by giving them food, clothing and other necessities and providing some children with access to free and quality education, thus achieving Goals 4 and 16 of the UN SDGs. To find out more, visit: https://stg2.dogood.africa/project/litmow/.
Power lies with the people. DoGood.Africa sees a future where all Africans and the diaspora join together and participate in making in building, growing and developing our local communities, countries and our continent. Join DoGood.Africa, in developing Africa and killing the media narrative of Africa being a poor continent incapable of internal development.
Becoming a volunteer takes hard work, dedication and a real commitment of time and resources. DoGood.Africa is committed to improving lives and communities and volunteers are a key component for ensuring that projects run as smoothly as possible. To become a volunteer, visit: https://stg2.dogood.africa/volunteer/
To make a donation, visit the DoGood.Africa launch page at www.dogood.africa/launch
For more details on how to sign-up as a Social Impact Organization, Partner, or Volunteer, contact:
Email: [email protected]