Who We Are

African Grantmakers Network (AGN) is a continent-wide network of African grantmaking organizations that facilitates networking and experience-sharing among established and emerging African philanthropic institutions. AGN aims at consolidating the voice for African philanthropy to address social injustice and development issues on the continent.

The Network was launched in 2009 at an inaugural convening led by: African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) and TrustAfrica (TA). The AGN steering committee was then formed, comprising its founding members and other members including the Southern Africa Trust (SAT), the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) and Akiba Uhaki Foundation (AUF).


Transformed, relevant, vibrant and sustainable African philanthropy


To be the platform for the promotion of an African voice and agenda for philanthropy


The Values of the network are informed by African philosophies of interdependence, empathy, care and support. They include:

  • Mutual respect
  • Inclusiveness
  • Non-discrimination
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

Our Objectives

AGN's strategic objectives are to:

  • Serve as a platform for peer learning and to enhance good standards and practices
  • Ensure an amplification of local voices in development discourse and African perspectives at global platforms
  • Reinforce the tradition of African philanthropy
  • Advocate for long-term and sustainable mechanisms and resources, including investments and endowments for philanthropic institutions in Africa
  • Serve as a reference point for Africans in the Diaspora and a point to affirm the identity of African philanthropic institutions
  • Cultivate good relations with other civil society formations in Africa and increase networking for effective advocacy around the aid agenda and the legal environment, including the tax regime
  • Conduct pertinent research, capacity building and advocacy roles

These objectives permeate all of AGN’s projects, programmes and partnerships. It is on the basis of these that AGN seeks to achieve institutionalization and strengthening of organized regular giving in Africa as a value. AGN seeks to strengthen philanthropy in Africa by investing in resilient institutions, capable leadership and knowledge economy.

News and Opportunities

Speaker Profile: Graca Machel
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Speaker Profile: Bisi Adeleye - Fayemi
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Speaker Profile: HRH Sylvia Nagginda
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Speaker Profile: Leymah Gbowee
Date Posted: 16-Jun-2015  
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