BY F2FA, 10:42am July 01, 2015,

Segal Family Foundation Honors Leaders in African Development at Annual Meeting

Segal Family Foundation in a youth panel in Arusha, Tanzania

Segal Family Foundation

Segal Family Foundation in a youth panel in Arusha, Tanzania

New York, N.Y. – On July 9-10, 2014, the Segal Family Foundation (SFF) will host more than 200 of its partners and friends to celebrate the work of the more than 180 African non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that the foundation supports.

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Founded in 2004 by Barry Segal, SFF finds visionary grassroots organizations, progressive donors and collaborative international NGOs to implement, refine and scale the most effective, locally appropriate solutions to improve the well-being of youth across Sub Saharan Africa.

After the sale of Mr. Segal’s company, Bradco Supply Corp, a trip to Rwanda awakened his interest in the development and promise of Sub Saharan Africa. The Segal Family Foundation has given over $30 million to date to its grantees. In 2015 SFF will distribute $12 million in funding to 200 organizations in 20 countries in Sub Saharan Africa.

The event returns to the New York area after being hosted in Tanzania in 2014.  It brings together African and international NGOs advancing adolescent sexual and reproductive health, improving access to quality education and increasing youth employment.  Most importantly, the meeting will be an opportunity for attendees to celebrate each other’s works, and honor a select group of leaders who have excelled in the past year.

Among those being honored this year are Grace Françoise Nibizi, Founder & Executive Director of SaCoDé  who will be receiving the “Rising Star” Award; Obed Kabanda, Executive Director of ACODEV, receiving the “Angel For Africa” Award; Spès Nihangaza, Legal Representative of FVS-AMADE, receiving the “Grassroots Champion” Award; and Stephanie Weiland, Executive Director of LifeNet International, will be receiving the “Systems Innovator” Award.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Misan Rewane, CEO of West African Vocational Education; Dr. Rajesh Panjabi, Co-Founder and CEO of Last Mile Health; and Humphrey Nabimanya, Founder of Reach a Hand Uganda. Each of the keynote speakers has previously been recognized by SFF as leading the best organizations solving the biggest challenges facing the continent.

Additional highlights of the SFF annual meeting will include the 3rd Annual Pitch Competition where a select number of partners will get a chance to pitch their ideas for a chance to win $5000.

Follow us on Twitter @SegalFoundation and Facebook. The event hashtag is #SegalFF2015.

ABOUT SFF:  The Segal Family Foundation (SFF) is a U.S.-based foundation that partners with outstanding organizations improving the well-being of communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. For more information visit

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Last Edited by:Abena Agyeman-Fisher Updated: June 19, 2018


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