Our Programmes

AGN promotes African Philanthropy by implementing the following programmes

Engaging African Leaders

We work with African Philanthropic organisations to identify and profile African philanthropy icons. This includes publicising and conducting research on cutting – edge philanthropic issues in Africa. Learn more...

Engaging Africans

Working with African Philanthropic organisations to identify and profile African philanthropy icons. This includes publicising and conducting research on cutting –edge philanthropic issues in Africa. AGN is cognisant of diverse terrain of development efforts on the African continent. Active players in philanthropy development that AGN will engage with include youth, leaders of development foundations and philanthropic agencies, the Diasporas, High Net Worthy Individuals (HNWI), corporate organisations.

Engaging Africans further means that AGN continues to build knowledge through research to allow comprehensive mapping of different forms African philanthropy, and identifying their key players. Further, AGN membership is continuously consulted through surveys to determine areas of interest to anchor discussions within the membership and beyond the network.

Examining the role of corporate organisations in philanthropy is yet another avenue for engaging Africans, to determine partnerships between foundations and corporate social investments. Thus key elements of the "Engaging Africans" are:

  • Research and convening
  • Mapping of African philanthropic activity
  • Building a knowledge repository
  • Partnership building
  • Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility

Policy Advocacy/Enabling Environment

We support member-driven advocacy, for purposes of documenting knowledge on policy discussions on African Philanthropy. Learn more...

Policy Advocacy / Enabling Environments

The AGN focuses it's advocacy work on the strengthening of public trusts and accountability of the philanthropic sector, to provide an enabling environment for policy changes African Philanthropy, deemed healthy for permitting the existence of philanthropic organisations and activities. This means that AGN explores all possible audiences that will offer catalytic agency to bring about these changes, including the institutionalisation of African philanthropy and instilling philanthropic citizenship. In practise this includes:

  • Convening of platforms and roundtables for identifying key and topical issues pertaining to specific geographical sectors in Africa. Some of the issues identified to date are the absence of legal and fiscal philanthropic policy frameworks for organized giving, and the absence of accountability frameworks and principles for philanthropy.
  • Collaboration with members and partners to support member-driven advocacy, for purposes of documenting knowledge on policy discussions on African Philanthropy.
  • Promoting the building of networks with global organizations to increase representation of African philanthropy.
  • Partnerships with African Union organs in a manner that allows institutionalising African philanthropy.

Thought Leadership

AGN’s strength and capacity is in its ability to generate knowledge and convening platforms aimed at conducting and disseminating scoping on African philanthropy. Learn more...

Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership aims at leveraging on members and partners of the AGN in their strength and capacity to generate knowledge and convening platforms:

  • Conducting and disseminating scoping activities on the African philanthropy, to permeate common understanding of narrative on philanthropy.
  • Developing and conducting surveys to map African philanthropy for partnerships, information sharing, and joint projects.
  • Conducting African philanthropy research (e.g., community and HNWI contribution)
  • Supporting research and knowledge institutions through linkages with foundations, development organisations, and other philanthropic players.
  • Developing a repository of knowledge and measuring trends on key indicators for sustainable leadership, enabling environments, and accountability in philanthropy.
  • Embracing the value of utilising platforms by convening a Bi-Annual Assembly, that brings together African Knowledge in philanthropy, to endeavour to address the persistent development challenges in Africa. The assembly depicts different ways of social investments, shared commitments, and enables an inclusive, innovative, and interactive engagement of all grantmakers and social investors together.

Membership Services

Creating knowledge platform for providing access to information, for our members and the public. This includes facilitating demand-driven peer learning opportunities. Learn more...

Membership Services

AGN creates platforms for providing access to information, for our members and the public. All members of the AGN can have access to: Peer Learning Convenings with themes determined by ongoing surveys among members; Online portal for information sharing, discussion forums, reports peer learning resources, newsletters, and meeting reports; Online communities of practice for professional cohorts to exchange professional sector specific areas to leverage on the diverse knowledge and institutional systems among members.

Emerging grantmaking organisations can have access to support in basic Grant Management Systems. This includes offering sub domains, from where the organisations can run their systems, allowing organisations to provide support to their constituencies with ease.

Emerging networks of grantmakers or other philanthropic agencies can have access to support in Membership Application and Tracking Systems. This includes offering sub domains, from where the organisations can run their systems, allowing organisations to receive membership applications online, and conduct all membership management and governance tenets.

Support in Monitoring and Evaluation Systems, to facilitate the collective development of a repository of knowledge and measuring trends on key indicators for sustainable leadership, enabling environments, and accountability in philanthropy. This includes offering sub domains, from where the organisations can run their systems, allowing organisations to populate information on desired indicators and generate reports.

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