Our Social Impact Incubator (SII) originated in 2013 to foster collaboration between local organizations, connect indigenous NGOs to capacity-building resources, and attract new funding for exciting grassroots leaders.
Small countries such as Burundi and Malawi have not received the attention and funding opportunities that their neighbors in East Africa have. Civil society has been further weakened by a top-down funding paradigm that disenfranchises local vision. SII was created to disrupt the status quo and empower local change-makers.
For two years, dozens of grassroots organizations participated in SII Burundi through seven-month trainings, mentorship, field visits, networking, and individualized capacity building and curated connections to donors. The incubator resulted in multiple new partnerships for SFF and funders investing nearly $2 million in our SII Champions. It was with deep sadness that SII was cut short in 2015 due to the political instability—fortunately, our partner CARE Burundi won funding to continue implementing SII in Bujumbura.
SII-Malawi launched in 2016, building on the successes and lessons learned from Burundi. It is now in its third cohort. Follow the SII-Malawi community on Facebook.