Making data easily accessible

What’s happening in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda?

 Our synthesis of funding and resources gives insight into multiple philanthropic approaches and opportunities.

Equal Footing

About the Project

For funders and others investing and working in Africa, having access to accurate and up-to- date information about philanthropic activity is critical. To meet this need, Foundation Center, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the King Baudouin Foundation launched Equal Footing, a freely accessible online tool that provides the data and knowledge needed to make informed funding decisions and maximize impact. With an initial focus on Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi, Equal Footing makes it easy to scan the landscape of philanthropic funding. It includes more than 1,000 foundation and NGO profiles, social sector research, maps detailing funding activities, and case studies on grantmakers both in and outside of the U.S. These resources enable users to see what types of development projects are underway, what solutions have had a measurable impact, and what needs are currently underserved.

What’s included? (It’s all free!)

  • A mapping application that shows what organizations are funding specific projects in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda;
  • Lessons from a largely untapped body of research, including full reports and key takeaways about efforts to support women's economic development in Central Africa as well as visual tools to aid understanding of complex issues;
  • A diverse set of case studies, practical how-to materials, and content on topics like effective approaches to funding in conflict and post-conflict societies;
  • More than 1,000 foundation and NGO profiles; and
  • Additional resources that include key statistics, news feeds, and links to related organizations.

Support for this project was provided by


More About the Project

Equal Footing hosts a special collection of resources to inform funding in the Central Africa region. IssueLab, a service of Foundation Center, curated this collection specifically around women’s issues.

Much of the funding in Central Africa focuses on empowerment of women through a variety of initiatives. We’ve made it easy to see some of the key organizations partnering on these efforts.

Through GrantCraft, a Foundation Center service tapping the practical wisdom of funders worldwide to improve the practice of philanthropy, we spoke with several funders to create personal stories and visuals that illustrate important aspects of women's economic development.