2022 Edition

3rd African Philanthropy Conference, Johannesburg

In its third edition, the conference was hosted as a hybrid event with the in-person portion hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, under the theme “Systems Change and The New Normal in African Philanthropy: Trends, Practices and Policies”. This centred on how African philanthropy is navigating beyond the COVID-19 pandemic by specifically focusing on climate change, youth and technology concerning institutions, policies, and practices in philanthropy in the continent.

The conference emphasised how African philanthropy navigated post-pandemic challenges, with a keen focus on climate change, youth engagement, and the integration of technology in philanthropic practices. The keynote addresses were delivered by Masego Madzwamuse, Programme Director at Oak Foundation, Daniel Kibani, Founder of DNK Consultancy and Ndidi Nwuneli, Board Member at the Africa Philanthropy Forum.

The proceedings ran over three days, with delegates connecting to hear from panellists whose contributions were structured within the following sub-themes:

Sub-theme 1: Philanthropy and Climate Change

Sub-theme 2: Philanthropy and the Youth

Sub-theme 3: Technology and Systems in Philanthropy’s Practices

The second Lifetime Achievement Award honoured Elder and Humanitarian H.E. Graça Machel, whose lifetime of work continues to raise advocacy for the rights of women and children across the world. In a recorded message, H.E Mrs Machel expressed gratitude for the recognition and commended the initiative for its efforts to celebrate impact makers.

The inaugural academic dimension of the conference convened, where academics, researchers and pracademics were afforded a platform to share findings on how African philanthropy is adapting to and influencing recent development, and they presented their latest research and academic perspectives that shed light on these new frontiers. The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Gilbert Khadiagala, the Director of the Centre for the Study of the United States at the University of Witwatersrand.

The proceedings report offers a blow-by-blow review of the convening.

This edition was a collaborative effort between the following organisations: