ICHIKOWITZ FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Johannesburg-based, Ichikowitz Family Foundation was founded upon the belief that Africa’s potential can be unlocked through education, the respect for human rights, a better understanding of Africa’s dynamic history and the conservation of its rich biodiversity. It is committed to the kind of active citizenship that promotes the preservation of Africa’s heritage, the conservation of its environment, and the empowerment of Africa’s youth. 

 

Founded in 2010, the Foundation uses various channels such as award-winning films, music, research, publications and art to foster dialogue between people, to be a torchbearer for innovation and to build a continent where people are encouraged to dream big and achieve the impossible. Key programmes include: the African Oral History Archive, the African Youth Survey, #IamConstitution and the protection of endangered species.

INSPIRE

CITIZENS FOR

ACTION

Empower Africans to solve the challenges facing our continent. Build a global understanding of the world’s largest youth demographic.

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INSIGHT

THROUGH

HERITAGE

PROMOTE AN UNDERSTANDING OF OUR COMPLEX HISTORY. Counter the outdated perceptions of the continent.

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SUSTAIN

THE FUTURE,

CONSERVE

CONSERVE THE CONTINENT AND ITS BIODIVERSITY.
Fight the illegal poaching of endangered species.

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The IFF launched the African Youth Survey in 2020, providing governments,
the private sector and civil society with insights into the aspirations, motivations and viewpoints of Africa’s youth. The findings are evidence-based understandings of Africa’s young adults, providing decision- makers with the data and analysis to inform policy development. Countries in sub- Saharan Africa have some of the youngest populations in the world, with over 70% of the region’s population aged below 30.

The inaugural survey is the largest of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa – and captures the feelings and attitudes of the region’s largest demographic: youth. Countries represented include those from East, West and Southern Africa, representing both Anglo- and Francophone countries.

The African Youth Survey is an insight into a generation which is optimistic about the future of the African continent, yet mindful of the challenges it faces.

An ‘Afro-optimism’ is flourishing among young Africans, who value entrepreneurship and individual responsibility, and are positive about the future of their continent.

The Survey provides a new understanding of this “Afro-optimism”, where Africa is seen as capable of solving it’s problems. Young Africans believe we are witnessing the ‘African Century’ and are hopeful that in the-not-too-far future we will eradicate corruption, achieve peace, and improve personal living conditions.

OUR FOUNDER

IVOR IS AN AFRICAN INDUSTRIALIST AND PHILANTHROPIST WITH A PASSION FOR AFRICA AND ITS PEOPLE.

Ivor Ichikowitz is a South African-born industrialist, social entrepreneur, and philanthropist. New African magazine named him as one of Africa’s 100 most influential people in 2020. Ivor began his career during South Africa’s political transition in the early 1990s, working to support Nelson Mandela’s programme of democratisation, national reconciliation, economic and industrial normalisation and integration into the African Continent and the global economy.

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June 13, 2022

Africa’s youth are less optimistic about the future of their countries than they were two years ago

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December 9, 2021

African Youth Survey Special Climate Edition Across 15 African Countries Reveal High Levels of Climate Concerns and Dissatisfaction with Government Response

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August 26, 2021

New Research Across 15 African Countries and 4,500 Youth Reveals Devastating Impact Of COVID-19, Vaccine Apathy And Fake News 

OPINION

July 18, 2021

A Look Behind the Curtain of South Africa's Rainbow Nation

South Africa is bleeding. Thirty years ago, the doomsayers were waiting for it to happen at any moment. The country’s different groups would turn on each other, they said. The slaughter would be unlike anything that had ever been witnessed. The infrastructure would be destroyed.

But it never happened. Instead, the world looked on dumbfounded as—in Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s immortal phrase—the “rainbow nation” was born.

Recently, South Africans across the country’s nine provinces and all over the world watched as the rainbow seemed to evaporate like the myth that the cynics and the skeptics have always claimed it was. Thousands of people descended on shopping centers, making off with everything from essential foodstuffs to luxury items. Entire shopping centers were burnt to the ground after looters ransacked them, before leaving with cases of alcohol in a country where the sale had been prohibited to stop the spread of the third wave of COVID-19 and prevent the compromised public health sector from being totally overwhelmed.

OPINION

March, 2021

A Letter To President Biden

CURRENT AFFAIRS

July 17, 2021

Biden Should Use America’s Massive Vaccine Stockpile To Help Africa And Rebuild The World’s Confidence In The US

CURRENT AFFAIRS

March 12, 2021

SPROUTS OF FREEDOM IN AFRICA

Enough polls of young people and a few examples of democratic practices hint that Africans may be demanding better governance.

The people of Niger live in a sweltering sandscape on the southern reaches of the Sahara known as the Sahel. The country is surrounded by neighbors with overlapping Islamist insurgencies. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have streamed across its borders in recent years. Hundreds of thousands of its own people are internally displaced by fighting between extremists and the military. Agriculture, the backbone of its economy, is at risk from climate change.

OPINION

March 6, 2021

On Gay Rights, Young Africans Share The Intolerance Of Their Elders

Gay Africans demanding equality face a violent backlashWhen gay Nigerians took to the streets to join massive protests against police brutality last year, it was not just the police who attacked them.

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November, 2020

The U.S. Cannot Afford To Forget Africa

Ignoring the voices of more than a billion people compromises America’s greatest foreign policy challenge: China.JOHANNESBURG – Dear Mr. President-elect: Africa is watching in amazement as America faces what many perceive to be an existential crisis. Never before has the world’s most powerful country been so divided.

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December 2, 2020

70% Of African Youth Are Concerned About Terrorism – African Youth Survey

Johannesburg, South Africa. 3 December 2020. On the backdrop of increased fighting across Mozambique’s North between government forces and ISIL-linked terrorist groups, coupled with continued insurgency throughout Lake Chad and West Africa’s Sahel, a recent multinational study indicates that Africa’s youth sees terrorism as one of the biggest threats facing the future of the continent.

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October 30, 2020

DONALD TRUMP LEADS WITH AFRICAN YOUTH – SCORES SIGNIFICANTLY OVER XI JINPING, SURVEY FINDS

With the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election just days away, results from a sweeping multinational survey suggest that young Africans are acutely aware of and appreciate the influence the United States asserts on the continent, with 74% of the 4,200 (aged 18-24) polled from across 14 sub-Saharan African nations citing that the United States regularly impacts modern-day African affairs and 83% suggesting that influence is positive.

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September 15, 2020

On International Day Of Democracy, The ‘Democratic Experiment’ In Jeopardy – African Youth Divided Over Democracy Versus Stability In Governance, Survey Finds

On the International Day of Democracy, results from a multinational survey suggest that sub-Saharan Africa’s young people are startlingly, evenly split – 48% – 48% – divided over whether democracy or stability (economically stable, one-party states) is more important for the future well-being of the continent. The study reveals that political failure and subsequently high levels of disillusionment in governance to bring about necessary change bodes the potential to make this generation vulnerable to autocracy.

PRESS RELEASE

September 2, 2020

Facebook Least Trusted Source Of News For Young Africans

According to a recent study, more than half (53%) of young Africans don’t trust Facebook, a troubling indicator for the social media giant as it pertains to the world’s fastest-growing online marketplace, speaking directly to the negative effects of “fake news” breaking out across the continent.

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July 17, 2020

Mandela biggest influence for Africa’s youth, survey says

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July 14, 2020

The Youth Has Its Say – Africa Youth Survey 2020

PRESS RELEASE

July 17, 2020

Mandela’s impact remains the most significant on the lifetime of Africa’s youth but their future will be shaped by Trump, Gates and Zuckerberg

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June 16, 2020

Youth Day: South Africa’s Youth Are Concerned About Democracy, Sexism, Corruption, Jobs, Basic Services, Illegal Poaching

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June 25, 2020

Pride Month: LGBTQ Rights Facing Uphill Struggle In Africa

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June 16, 2020

Youth Day: South Africa’s Youth Are Concerned About Democracy, Sexism, Corruption, Jobs, Basic Services, Illegal Poaching

Pan-African Youth Survey of 14 Sub-Saharan countries reveals South African youth to be inclusive, racially conscious, pro-environment and concerned about politics, equality, land reforms, immigration

PRESS RELEASE

May 25, 2020

Johannesburg, South Africa, May 25th, 2020 – While Africa Day (May 25th), the official day of the African Union (AU) marking intercontinental unity, takes place solemnly in 2020 on the backdrop of the continued outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), a recent study of Africa’s youth has showcased  continent-wide resiliency, institutional trust, cohesion and collective ‘Afro-Optimism’ in facing the challenges ahead.

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May 3, 2020

Meet the Dogs of War — four-legged soldiers on the frontlines of the fight to protect wildlife. With unconventional tactics and incredible training– this dedicated canine unit is changing the game both on the ground and around the world. 

PRESS RELEASE

April 21, 2020

90% Of Africa’s Youth Are Concerned About The Spread Of Infectious Diseases

PRESS RELEASE

April 22, 2020

Climate Change, Water Scarcity And Plastic Waste Are Top Concerns For African Youth, Survey Shows

PRESS RELEASE

February 20, 2020

Largest of its kind Youth Survey reveals rising Afro-Optimism and Afro-Capability driven by entrepreneurship, post-colonial mindset, digital technologies and shared African identity

  • 48% choose stable governments over democracy
  • 75% feel they positively change their communities through their work
  • 79% believe that Wi-Fi access should be a fundamental human right
  • 67% say ‘fake news’ is impacting their ability to stay informed
  • Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are the leaders who will have the greatest impact over the next five years