The Promise to the Next Generation

Sunday, October 25

Registration Opens

Depart Hotel to visit to the Genocide Museum

Return from Genocide Museum

Welcome Reception at Hotel

Monday, October 26

Registration and Breakfast

Welcome and Introduction

Tsitsi Masiyiwa, Founder and Co-chair, Higherlife Foundation

Investing in Africa's Future: It Takes us All

While economies elsewhere are stagnating, the most successful African countries have experienced impressive growth, made possible by the combination of smart and fair-minded public policy choices, agile private sector actors, rich natural resources and the entrepreneurship of a young generation. Reliable legal and regulatory ecosystems with rules governing trade and commerce consistently applied allow home grown private sector actors to drive economic expansion and create wealth. Many then choose to deploy both their private and corporate resources to promote broad-based development. As philanthropists and investors they can stimulate economic activity at all levels of the economy, and help to ensure that greater opportunities are available to those who may otherwise be left behind.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom Limited
[Moderator] Jane Wales, President and CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum and World Affairs Council; Vice President, The Aspen Institute

Starting with a Good Education

Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced a dramatic increase in primary school enrollment in the past decades however the same cannot be said about the quality of its education. For example in Malawi, due to a government policy, the number of children enrolled in school increased from 1.9million to 3.1million in a single year in the 1990s. However, a recent study conducted in Southern Malawi reported that less than half of these students who completed primary school are literate. School education in sub-Saharan Africa seems to be more focused on teaching basic skills such as reading and writing and less equipped to providing students with employable skills. What are some of the new interventions that have been successful in improving the quality and relevance of education? What are the persistent gaps? How can philanthropy partner with governments and the private sector to help fill these gaps?

Douglas Hoernle, Founder, Rethink Education
Cornelia Muganda, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Open University of Tanzania
Aisha Muhammed Oyebode, Founder and CEO, Murtala Muhammed Foundation
Joy Olivier, Co-founder, IkamvaYouth
[Moderator] Julia Moffett, Director of Innovation, Equity Group Foundation


The Opportunity to Build a Skilled Workforce

While research centers and universities are critical to building the knowledge infrastructure, access to secondary and tertiary education and vocational training remain the important levers to building a skilled workforce -- one that can both drive and execute on Africa's growth trajectory. An employed skilled workforce can fuel growth and help expand the middle class. Yet access to universities is often limited for women and minorities, hindered by social and economic barriers and by remoteness from cities where most universities are located. At the same time availability and enrollment in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) remain very low despite the demands from growing economies in several countries. With noted exceptions, TVET is often fragmented and receives limited attention from governments. And, so some philanthropists have focused on providing the capital, training and mentorship needed for entrepreneurship and the education and skills training needed to fill the jobs that await. The combination of smart policy, strategic philanthropy and long term investment in Africa’s greatest resource—its people -- can help conquer the “jobs challenge”, assuring that Africa’s growth is both inclusive and sustainable. What is the role of government, business and philanthropy in helping build a skilled workforce and lowering the barriers of access to technical education and vocational training?

Special Address by Albert Nsengiyumva, State Minister of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Republic of Rwanda

Followed by Conversation:
Ahmed Bagre, Director of Programs and Head of Electrical and Energetic Engineering, International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering
Rebecca Harrison, CEO and Co-founder, African Management Initiative
Richard Lewis, Head, Strategy and HR, Artisan Training Institute
Albert Nsengiyumva, State Minister of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Republic of Rwanda
[Moderator] Reeta Roy, President and CEO, The MasterCard Foundation

Special Announcement

Tsitsi Masiyiwa, Founder and Co-chair, Higher Life Foundation

Investing in Centers of Excellence: Science, Technology and Research

Africa has registered stunning growth in recent years. However, sustained growth will depend on a number of factors which include a greater investment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). These are particularly important for increasing Africa’s competitiveness and enhancing the quality of its jobs and their productivity. They can drive economic growth, spur invention, lead to the creation of wealth and to significant social benefits like improved health. The World Bank estimates that STEM research makes up only 29% of Africa’s total research output, despite the need for more research on energy, transport, light manufacturing, and the extractive industries. Investments in universities and centers of excellence are critical in enabling African institutions to find evidence based and cutting edge solutions that are adapted to local problems. Partnerships among institutions can enhance the sharing of knowledge and local innovation. What is the enabling role of philanthropy and how best to build on lessons learned from successful partnerships?

Patrick Awuah, Founder and President, Ashesi University
Manu Chandaria, Chairman, Chandaria Foundation
Dorothy Nyambi, Executive Vice President, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Patricie Uwase, Transport Technical Advisor, Ministry of Infrastructure, Republic of Rwanda
[Modeator] Bruce Krogh, Director, Carnegie Mellon University, Rwanda

Lunch: Table Talk Conversations with Young Entrepreneurs

In collaboration with the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

Jean Bosco, Founder and CEO, Habona Ltd
Ange Imanishimwe, Founder and President, BIOCOOP
Colombe Ndutiye Ituze, Fashion Designer and ICT Trainer, Rwanda Workforce Development Authority
Marcel Mutsindashyaka, Founder and CEO, UMUSEKE IT Ltd
Merab Tawhirwa, Product Manager, Pivot Access

Accelerating Entrepreneurship and Increasing Opportunity

Traditional employment patterns across the world are changing and more people are looking to start their own business. Africa is buzzing with entrepreneurial spirit and opportunities. However entrepreneurship requires a supportive ecosystem. Young entrepreneurs often lack access to financial services, capital, business skills, large markets, networks and mentorship and are hamstrung by social norms. Innovative entrepreneurs have little access to equity funding as venture capital is still an emergent phenomenon. What can be learned from successful young entrepreneurs and what role can philanthropy play to better equip aspiring entrepreneurs to succeed?

Runa Alam, Co-founding Partner and CEO, Development Partners International LLP
Bara Alaya, Senior Private Equity Expert, Souk At-tanmia, African Development Bank
Donné Nicol, Executive Director, Shanduka Foundation
Pule Taukobong, Chairman and Founder, Africa Angels Network
[Moderator] Suzanne Biegel, Chief Catalyst, Catalyst at Large Ltd


Hubs, Hackerspaces and the Maker Movement: Investing in Tech Innovation in Africa

Leveraging technology to spur creativity and entrepreneurship holds the promise of sustainable locally driven innovation and growth. And co-working spaces such as the iHub in Nairobi or Hub Accra have offered these tech entrepreneurs a collaborative workspace to brainstorm ideas, learn from each other’s failures and successes and prototype products for the market. Equipped with increased bandwidth and higher computing power and both on-line and off-line platforms for information sharing, African entrepreneurs are increasingly taking part in the global Maker Movement and finding their own hacks to solve local challenges in global health, unemployment and sanitation. What can be learned from early start-ups and these creative workspaces? What are the gaps in this ecosystem that philanthropy can fill and what are the risks that it can help soften?

Kamau Gachigi, Executive Director, Kenya Gearbox
Alain Nteff, Co-founder and Director, Gifted Mom
Juliana Rotich, Co-founder, BRCK Inc
Bright Simons, President, mPedigree Network
[Moderator] Leila Janah, CEO, Sama Group

Leveraging Culture and Traditions as part of the Development Agenda

While much has been said about quantifiable development goals such as access to health or education, less attention has been devoted to the need to integrate culture and tradition in development programs. But we now see a greater appreciation of their role — as drivers of national development necessitating cultural policies that attract jobs and growth around cultural assets, as well as enablers of development leading to the review of cultural dimensions in all public policies. Development that is sensitive to local circumstances advances a human-centered and inclusive approach, builds tolerance for differences, engages many stakeholders and is more likely to succeed and be sustained. How can culture and traditions be leveraged to build inclusive societies? What is the role of traditional leaders in this process?

Special Address:

HRH Sylvia Nagginda, Queen of Buganda Kingdom, Uganda

Introduced by Tsitsi Masiyiwa, Founder and Co-chair, Higher Life Foundation




Leveraging Philanthropy for Inclusive Development

Giving is organically rooted in various African cultural practices and integral to the diverse religious beliefs of its people. Initially focused to support family, community and tribe, such informal giving aims to alleviate the symptoms of poverty and hardship and provides many with the needed safety nets and a path to improved opportunity. Such giving however is difficult to capture and its impact hard to quantify. Emerging from this deep tradition, a number of African philanthropists have established more formal structures for their giving and devised strategies that seek to address the root causes of poverty and inequity. How are they leveraging their philanthropy to promote inclusive development and improved quality of life? What are their strategies, their appetite for risk and what impact are they seeking? As leaders in business and philanthropy how do these roles intersect when in pursuit of the social good? And what is their responsibility to step forward as role models or advocates for the issues they support and which may not receive sufficient attention?

Tabitha Karanja, CEO, Keroche Breweries Limited; Patron, Keroche Foundation
Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen
Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation; Director, Strategy and Innovation, Safaricom
[Moderator] Bernadette Moffat, Executive Director, The ELMA Philanthropies Services (Africa)

Musical Performance by Sound of Hills

Tuesday, October 27

Networking Opportunity over Breakfast


Enabling Smallholder Farmers to Thrive

It is estimated that more than 500 million Africans are smallholder farmers. In some countries they make up as much as 85% of the population. In order to thrive, farmers need diversification in their crops, access to innovation, sustainable farming techniques, markets and credit. They also need secure land rights and institutions to manage land disputes to help bridge gaps between customary and statutory laws governing land and natural resources. Many of Africa’s smallholder farms are managed by women whose farms are on the average less productive than those managed by men. Critical to the advancement of smallholder farmers is their exposure to learning and their access to critical information – something that is made increasingly possible through the use of technology and unconventional communication methods that have broad reach and provide quick access to information at low costs for farmers. How can innovations and out of the box thinking help better position farmers to succeed and equalize the knowledge and opportunity gap for men and women farmers?

‘Tayo Ajayi, Founder, HIVE Initiative
Alloysius Attah, CEO and Co-founder, Farmerline
[Moderator] David Campbell, Founder and Director, Mediae

Short break

Special Address

HE Jeannette Kagame, First Lady, Republic of Rwanda

Introduced by Tsitsi Masiyiwa, Founder and Co-chair, Higher Life Foundation


Ensuring Her Place in the World

Many development leaders have rightfully identified gender equality as a critical objective -- one that improves overall productivity at the local and national level that directly affects the next generation and has a qualitative impact on the inclusiveness of policies and institutions. The majority of women in Africa are not part of the formal labor force. Access to education for girls has greatly narrowed the gender gap but differences remain in the choices available for girls that lead them to sectors and occupations that are characterized by low productivity. Women are underrepresented among entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and in the fields of science and technology. Many judiciaries and police stations remain unresponsive to violence against women. Yet in parliaments and legislatures their representation has been increasing putting more women in positions to shape policies and institutions that can increase women's access and voice. What are the key levers for philanthropy to increase gender balance and promote inclusive societies? What are the jobs and the skills philanthropy can help promote? Who are its partners in this trajectory?

Phuti Mahanyele, Former CEO, Shanduka Group
Judith Owigar, Co-founder and Operations Director, AkiraChix
[Moderator] Toyin Saraki, Founder-president, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa

The Future We Make: Africa’s Next Generation of Social Actors

With the rise of wealth in Africa, Millennials and GenX donors will control more philanthropic dollars than any previous generation. Many of Africa’s young best and brightest, regardless of wealth, want to contribute in deeds and commitment to add to the larger social good. While they are guided by passion and a genuine desire to help increase opportunities for others, they are equally focused on measurable impact, on monitoring and evaluation. They want to make a difference and express their values while they give at a young age – be it their time, their career or their money. They are looking to find home-grown solutions to local needs. They are eager to get engaged with their causes. And they are impatient. How will this generation shape philanthropy and citizen engagement in the years ahead?

Sangu Delle, Chairman and CEO, Golden Palm Investments
Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa, Advisor, Talent Development and Long-term Engagement, Higher Life Foundation
Patrick Ngowi, Chairman, Light for Life Foundation; Founder, Helvetic Group
[Moderator] Uzodinma Iweala, Editor in Chief, Ventures Africa



Strengthening Health Systems

The recent Ebola outbreak laid bare the consequences of weak health care systems in Africa. In the hardest hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the disease is estimated to have claimed close to 9,000 lives, leading to the collapse of national health systems. Lack of community engagement and fear led to the closure of schools and markets, deepening the blow to already struggling economies. Countries such as Nigeria, Senegal and Mali defeated the virus; preparedness, readiness to treat and swift government action played a critical role in containing the spread of Ebola. What lessons were learned from this outbreak and how can these be leveraged to better prepare health systems for future health crises? How can health systems build greater resilience, engage communities and contribute to poverty reduction? And in this challenge what role can philanthropy play?

Special Address by Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health, Republic of Rwanda

Followed by Conversation with:

Ellen Agler, CEO, The END Fund
Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health, Republic of Rwanda
[Moderator] Mwihaki Kimura Muraguri, Senior Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

Closing Address

Nizar Ibrahim, Vertebrate Paleontologist, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Closing Remarks

Jane Wales

Conference Adjourns

Field Visits to Local Artisans (optional)

Gahaya Links and Ivuka Arts Kigali