Governance & Organisational Structure
The African Grantmakers Network (AGN) was launched in 2009 at an inaugural meeting convened by the African Women's Development
Fund (AWDF), the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF), and Trust Africa (TA). The AGN steering committee was then formed,
comprising its founding members and others including the Southern Africa Trust (SAT), the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS),
and the Akiba Uhaki Foundation (AUF).
The current Board of AGN is composed of all the above organizations, plus the Tony Elumelu
Foundation (TEF) based in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Board of Directors, as provided by the constitution of the African Grantmakers' Network (AGN) is the governing body,
with board members that are elected as office bearers, at a bi-annual Elective General Meeting.
For delegation of powers on specific aspects of the work, AGN board is further supported by subcommittees, which are:
- The Governance Finance and Audit Committee providing policy guidance to the AGN management and other support in the areas of corporate governance, financial management, financial accountability, integrity and risk management, of the AGN Board and Secretariat.
- The Membership and Marketing Committee providing policy guidance to the AGN management and other support in the areas of membership identification, integrity, and appropriateness of the membership to the African philanthropy related the programmes operations.
- The Programmes Development Sub Committee providing policy guidance to the AGN management and other advice related the programmes operations.
The elective AGN general meeting of the members of AGN, held on 31st October, 2012, which brought office bearers for a
two years tenure of office, from the following institutions:
- Africa Women’s Development Fund,
- Akiba Uhaki Foundation,
- Foundation for Civil Society,
- Kenya Community Development Foundation,
- Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund,
- Southern Africa Community Grantmakers Leadership Forum,
- Southern Africa Trust,
- Tony Elumelu Foundation,
- Trust Africa.
The AGN Secretariat is the management structure which, together with AGN members, implements different the AGN strategy, programmes and activities.
Member organisations play roles at varied levels where expertise is sought by the secretariat.
The AGN Secretariat is at the Africa Trust, one of the founding member organisations of AGN, in Senegal, Dakar.
However AGN recognises the strategic roles and value attributes readily available among member organisations. For this
reason, while the AGN is at Africa Trust, it is bound to be enjoying administrative host by any member organisation.
Currently the Southern Africa Trust, in Johannesburg, South Africa hosts the secretariat.