Dr. Amina Sillah

The United States-based Gambian Academician, Dr. Amina Sillah has been named among Sixty extraordinary African Women in Development, including activists, changemakers, government representatives, and social innovators from 15 countries, as awardees for this year’s Donor’s For Africa, African Women in Development Awards. 

The awards recognize outstanding women whose projects, work within teams, and activism are transforming lives in their communities and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The awards recognize outstanding African women whose work is transforming lives in their communities and countries, helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

More than 700 entries from 20 African countries were received this year. The finalists were selected following rigorous research and selection process. 

Speaking to Chidi Koldsweat, the Chief Executive Officer of Donors for Africa Foundation and initiator of the awards, she states that “the awards are collated every year to document the stories of African women leading change across the continent. Most importantly, it is set up to become a repository of research findings, tink tanks, advocacy groups, policymakers, and women who have the capacity and access to contribute to nation-building”.

In all parts of Africa, women deliver a vast range of impressive innovations every day. Much of what they do may go unnoticed or be taken for granted and is largely undocumented. We are inspired to document their journey and work together to advance development on the continent.

“Yet, often it is what women do which makes all the difference, especially now at a time of unimaginable human suffering inflicted by the pandemic and increasing economic crisis”.

“The award recipients remind us that there is no lack of ideas or talent, but of support mechanisms necessary for women to thrive and be active transformers to economies.

“So, our initiatives puts a spotlight on outstanding women who are bringing innovative ideas and creative solutions to support, lead and deliver a future of peace, prosperity, and progress.”

The Awards

The call for nominations was announced along International Women’s Day on March 11th, 2022. The selection committee included government representatives, development experts, and women leaders from Africa. This year’s award will close with a virtual conference with leading speakers in Governments in Egypt & Ivory Coast, amongst others. We celebrate our awardees and applaud their efforts in successfully addressing the challenges posed by events in their communities. 

About Donors for Africa Foundation 

Donors for Africa Foundation is a nonprofit based in Nigeria, working to reduce the number of African development organizations and nonprofits that fail due to a lack of funding and technical expertise. We provide training services, human capital development, and accelerator programs to changemakers and social innovators to ensure their sustainability and institutional strengthening to continue accessing funds and affecting their communities. We also connect social impact organizations to funding opportunities and manage large-scale donor-funded projects across Africa. So far, Donors for Africa’s digital and capacity-building training programs have helped organizations access over $30M in funding, trained over 1000+ nonprofits, and helped more organizations survive the pandemic, recover and prosper, allowing them to develop resilience withstand future shocks.

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