African Philanthropy Forum: Access, Equity and Opportunity

Monday, February 24

Registration Opens & Breakfast

Welcome & Introduction

Jane Wales, CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum and World Affairs Council; Vice President, The Aspen Institute; APF Founding Member

Archbishop Tutu Video Message

Opening Remarks

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson, African Union Commission

Framework for Philanthropy

James Mwangi, Global Managing Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors


Leveraging Youth

It is estimated that Africa’s youth population will rise from 133 million at the start of the century to 246 million by 2020. Most commentators point to the demand for another 74 million jobs over the next decade and bemoan the fact that unemployment, lack of opportunity and increasing social disparities can deepen poverty and foment social turmoil. But if prepared successfully, the creativity and potential of Africa’s youth can be levered to catalyze entrepreneurialism, leadership and new ideas. Panelists will explore approaches to the challenges faced by the coming generation and how demographic shifts can be turned into opportunities for economic growth and development.


Tsitsi Masiyiwa, Executive Chairperson, Higher Life Foundation; APF Founding Member
Fred Swaniker, Founder and CEO, African Leadership Academy
Ashish Thakkar, Founder and Managing Director, Mara Group
[Moderator] Reeta Roy President and CEO, MasterCard Foundation; APF Founding Member

Advancing Women and Girls

An empowered girl becomes an empowered woman who can contribute to a household, her community and society. How are philanthropists and social investors challenging systems and attitudes to expand the opportunities available to women and girls on the continent? What is philanthropy’s role in giving women greater voice, fostering leadership and enhancing their upward mobility in society and the workforce? This session will discuss the ways in which philanthropy can enhance opportunities for girls and improve the livelihoods of women, giving them the choice to realize their potential.

Musimbi Kanyoro President & CEO, Global Fund for Women
Theo Sowa, CEO, African Women’s Development Fund
[Moderator] Yemeserach Belayneh Country Advisor, Population and Reproductive Health Program, David and Lucile Packard Foundation


Women and Children: The Base of the Healthcare Pyramid

The effects of inadequate care and health system failure are felt across society, but the burden bears down hardest on women and children. Each year, complications from pregnancy and childbirth claim the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and permanently disable many more. Babies are stillborn or die before they are a month old, and many suffer neurodevelopmental impairments. Effective, low-cost interventions and care are available but issues of access bar their application. How can philanthropists, business leaders and state ministries partner to reach the communities that need them most? What investments can be made to strengthen existing health systems, allowing them to provide quality, integrated care?

Martin Andrews, CEO, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
Catherine Hamlin, Co-Founder, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
[In conversation with] Toyin Saraki, President, WellBeing Foundation Africa; APF Founding Member


Africa’s Philanthropic Infrastructure: Modeling, Strengthening & Expanding Philanthropy Across Africa

Many of the dangers our societies face, as well as their solutions, will be regional and even global in nature. As we advance philanthropic goals in our own communities, we are poised to foster learning partnerships and share best practices with the rest of the continent’s expanding philanthropic community. What institutions are in place to harvest and share best practices, transfer knowledge, and both expand and enhance the strategic nature of philanthropy in Africa? Are there opportunities for shared learning and partnership that have yet to be seized? This session will explore the pathways to advancing and expanding philanthropy throughout the continent.

Barbara Ibrahim, Founding Director, John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
Halima Mahomed, Philanthropy Program Advisor, TrustAfrica
Bhekinkosi Moyo, Deputy Executive Director, Southern Africa Trust
Mohamadou Sy Director, Institut Supérieur du Développement Local (ISDL)
[Moderator] Mwihaki Kimura Muraguri, Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation


Philanthropy, Advocacy and Support for a Rights-based Society

Despite significant institutional reforms in recent years, change is not always properly implemented and rule of law not institutionalized. This can hamper growth, innovation and the retention of capital and talent. In situations where state institutions remain weak and civil society fragmented, what is philanthropy’s role in promoting rights? How can philanthropy help strengthen civil society so it can better contribute to good governance? How can we best leverage advocacy as a strategy for far-reaching change?

David Lewis, Executive Director, Corruption Watch
Sipho Moyo, Africa Director, ONE Campaign
[Moderator] Akwasi Aidoo, Executive Director, TrustAfrica




Celebrating the Power of Philanthropy – Inspiration for the Future

[Keynote Address] Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director for Africa, The Rockefeller Foundation
Theo Sowa CEO, African Women’s Development Fund
Jane Wales CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum

Musical Performance by Ethiocolor

Tuesday, February 25

Registration Opens



Pearl Darko, Director, African Philanthropy Forum

Special Address

Philanthropy's Policy Role

Neither philanthropy nor markets can solve all problems or assure equitable growth. There is a role for smart policy. Good policy choices have led to the opening and connecting of many African economies, the privatization of state-run industries, and the creation of wealth. The result has been growth that is robust. Going forward, smart policies can also help ensure that growth is broad-based so that all citizens have an opportunity to thrive. Until that day, government programs will need to be in place to meet the needs of the vulnerable. What role can philanthropy play in informing and improving policy?

Chude Jideonwo, Managing Partner, RED
Nkosana Moyo, Founder and Executive Chair, Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)
Jennah Scott, Program Director, The Liberia Philanthropy Secretariat
[Moderator] Jamie Drummond, Executive Director and Global Strategy, ONE

Measuring Inclusiveness: The Social Progress Index

Michael Green, CEO, Social Progress Imperative


Special Address

Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of Health, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

When to Partner and When to Press: Strengthening Health Systems

Part one in a set of sessions focused on partnership, this discussion will explore public-private partnerships and strengthening health systems. Africa’s healthcare needs are numerous and its healthcare space complex, with many different actors from public sector community health workers and private sector pharmaceutical providers to large development institutions and religious concerns. At the same time, many countries face similar problems of high communicable disease burdens, high infant and maternal mortality, and the ever-increasing threat of chronic disease. Healthcareis a social good and has thus been mostly the domain of governments, development institutions and philanthropists interested in alleviating suffering. This panel will focus on how philanthropists, governments and the private sector can partner to improve health outcomes across Africa, what conversations they need to have, and how these different interests can create models for sustainable health sectors that realize health as both a social good and an important investment opportunity.

[Keynote Address] Muhammad Ali Pate, Former State Minister of Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Jamie Cooper-Hohn, Chair, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
[Moderator] Ayo Ajayi, Vice President, InternationalDevelopment, PATH


When to Partner and When to Press: Agriculture and Food Security

Part two in a set of sessions focused on partnership, this discussion will explore public-private partnerships and the case of agriculture and food security. Just as dangers and their solutions cross borders, they also cross sectors. Increasingly philanthropists have chosen to partner with governmental
agencies and private sector or NGO actors to solve large problems. Agriculture employs as much as three quarters of Africa’s labor force but dwindling productivity and the ability to access markets makes agriculture a perilous livelihood. How can we best partner to create opportunity, facilitate access to markets and push for effective policy necessary to spur agricultural growth and reduce insecurity?

Jane Karuku, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
[In conversation with] Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director for Africa, The Rockefeller Foundation

Inclusive Business to Address Societal Goals

Businesses are strategically positioned to play a key role in poverty alleviation. By re-envisioning value chains with an eye toward advancing the social good, businesses enable lowincome populations to climb the economic ladder. This session will examine inclusive business models, share best practice and explore opportunities to foster greater equitable growth.

Wendy Luhabe, Founder and Chairman, Women Private Equity Fund
Darlington Mandivenga, CEO, Econet Services
James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank Group, APF Founding Member
[Moderator] Olivier LaFourcade, Chairman, Investisseurs et Partenaires

Impact Investing: Bridging Philanthropy and Investment for Greater Social Wealth

The growth of impact investing is changing the way we think of capital, markets and philanthropy. Entrepreneurial investment is increasingly being looked to as a premier tool for achieving social impact and self-sufficiency, and fueling economic growth. How do investors define impact? What platforms are emerging to help facilitate connections between early-stage capital and investment opportunities? This session will explore models that combine commercial success with social benefit, and introduce future opportunities as impact investing moves to scale on the continent.

Malik Fal, Managing Director, Omidyar Network Africa
Olivier LaFourcade, Chairman, Investisseurs et Partenaires
Frannie Léautier, Partner and CEO, Mkoba Private Equity
Désirée Younge, Director, Leadership & Entrepreneurship Development, The Tony Elumelu Foundation
[Moderator] James Mwangi, Global Managing Director, Dalberg Global Advisors


APF Planning Session

This session is intended to engage participants in a conversation about how APF can best build a community of philanthropists on the continent, complementing what exists and serving the needs that remain.

James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank Group; APF Founding Member
Reeta Roy, President and CEO, The MasterCard Foundation; APF Founding Member



Values-based Leadership

As Africa continues to open and expand, there is the temptation to value growth at the expense of building community. Equitable prosperity depends on great leaders and great institutions that make investments and create systems that will give everyone the opportunity to succeed and contribute. This session will be an opportunity for philanthropic and business leaders to reflect on the ways to source, nurture and reward emerging leaders, investing in institutions and individuals that embrace and model ethical leadership. As part of this panel, some speakers may wish to reflect on pivotal moments in their lives, their approach to leadership, the ways in which they’ve weighed their toughest decisions, and the role that mentors played. Moreover, they might consider how the African Philanthropy Forum can best engage and partner with today’s leaders, and each other, to be a force for equitable growth and social change.

[Keynote Address] Manu Chandaria Chairman, Chandaria Foundation; APF Founding Member
Patrick Awuah, Founder and President, Ashesi University
Isaac Shongwe, Executive Director and Board Member, Barloworld Limited; APF Founding Member
[Moderator] Fred Swaniker, Founder and CEO, African Leadership Academy

Closing Remarks

Pearl Darko, Director, African Philanthropy Forum
Jane Wales, CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum

Musical Performance by The Nile Project

The Nile Project was founded in 2011 by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero to address the Nile Basin’s cultural and environmental challenges. Using music, education and innovation programs, the Nile Project inspires, informs, and empowers university students to work together to foster the sustainability of their ecosystem.