Partners and funders
In 2001 a proposal was submitted to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for funding of the PAED Program in Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa under the auspices of Aid to Artisans Inc, based in Connecticut (USA). Funding was approved and then channelled through Aid to Artisans Inc, although all funded activities were fully implemented by the South African-based affiliate organisation.
Since in 2010 the Trust attained complete autonomy, it has received generous financial support from a range of internationally respected funding agencies. Funders and partners have included the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Royal Bafokeng Enterprise Development, UNESCO, UMCOR, USAID, CEDARTE (Mozambique), CCDI, Women's Net, Open Africa, Africa Meets Africa, Twig Advertising, Peace Corps, The New Basket Workshop, iSimangaliso Wetlands, Phumani Paper, Nandos, Business and Art South Africa, and the National Lotteries Commission South Africa.
Although the Trust has played a pivotal role in developing large programs with budgets exceeding US $1m, it does not always directly manage all donor funds. We are nevertheless proud that the Trust has a sound track record for financial management. Our financial accounts are professionally audited, and they comply fully with South African law. Past audit reports can be supplied on request. The Trust has furthermore recruited to its Board a former Ford Foundation grant manager, Paula Parente NImpuno, so as to ensure the continuation of sound financial management practice.
The New Basket Workshop, which collaborated initially with the Trust, was funded initially by the Ford Foundation. The Workshop outlined a EUNIC-funded basket development program for Zimbabwe, and from 2011 to 2014 it served as the implementing partner for the program in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Ghana. Basket craft activities were funded chiefly by the Government of India, with supplementary funding and support from the Danish Government, Bubi Oil Denmark and the Lupane Women’s Centre (Zimbabwe). The Lupane Women’s Centre was so appreciative of the services of the New Basket Workshop, that the Centre identified further funding to help implement the Workshop’s programmatic development.
The Africa Craft Trust’s past projects are as follows with budgets showing in the currency of the grants because South Africa’s ZAR has fluctuated so much against global currencies:
W. K Kellogg Foundation:
2001 – 2006 – Matching funding for a USAID-funded Pan African Artisan Development program
2007 – 2009 – Artisan Enterprise Development programme South Africa
2008 – 2009 – Developing Entrepreneurship for the Arts and Craft Industry in Lesotho by Building Local Capacity in Product Design, Innovation, and Market Linkages
2011 – 2012 – Organizational Independence Grant
2012 – Community Crafts Capacity Building Programme Mukhuduthamaga
2011 – 2013 – Mobile Technology for Craft Enterprise Development Program
Ponholo De Beers:
2012 – Rearabetswe Craft and Product Development Program
National Lotteries Commission of South Africa:
2012 – 2013 – Access Markets for Profit
2016 – 2018 – Three market access training related projects (still underway)
Isimangaliso Wetland Authority:
2012 – 2013 – Craft Development Programme
NID, Business Arts South Africa and Nandos:
2010 – Ndebele Football World Cup Exhibition
2010 – Craft Sector Learning Mission
A handful of smaller projects, in which the Trust delivered services over a short period, such as costing, pricing and Access Markets for Profits workshops, are not listed here.
The large organisational grants from Ford and Kellogg enabled the Trust to develop sound financial and reporting procedures.