The rise of institutionalized philanthropy across the world has seen the growth of networks that foster collaborations. These networks provide space for learning, sharing knowledge, influencing policy and generally present a common voice for philanthropy at national, regional and global levels. Notable global philanthropy networks include WINGS, European Council of Foundations, Council on Foundations- USA, Arab Foundations Forum, African Grantmakers Network, East Africa Association of Grantmakers among others.
To cultivate a more progressive philanthropy infrastructure in East Africa, the sector needs to build stronger networks that articulate a collective and coordinated philanthropy agenda.
The 2015 East Africa Philanthropy Conference will be held on the 30th June 2015 as a pre- conference event during the 3rd Biennial African Grantmakers Network Assembly scheduled for 1st-3rd July 2015. Themed ‘Building strong philanthropy support networks’, the East Africa Philanthropy Conference will bring together philanthropy leaders, foundations, trusts and support networks from the region and beyond. The session will provide a valuable learning and exchange platform with a particular focus on the value of strong networks and proposals on ways philanthropy groups can be strengthened at the national, regional and global level.
The conference will seek to answer the following questions;
What can the philanthropy sector in East Africa learn from global philanthropy networks?
How can foundations and trusts derive optimum value from national, regional and global philanthropy networks?
What strategies should East Africa apply in building and strengthening responsive national philanthropy networks?
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