Drawing from the experiences and reflections from members, partners and key stakeholders, the Givers lounge is a mix of networking and knowledge sharing platforms that reflect the changing context in actors, issues, practices and policies. It provides an effective and efficient Peer and Exchange Programme that is more intentional in respect to its projected value, outputs, outcome and impact in advancing best practices in philanthropy targeting key development sectors.This is in line with the 2016-2020 strategic plan that seeks to leverage on the networks strength in convening and knowledge management to build a stronger and more vibrant philanthropy support structure.
The Givers Lounge offer quarterly sector specific networking platforms for private funders, foundations, trusts and relevant stakeholders to learn, discuss debate and reflect on issues relating to their activities.
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The objective is to promote long lasting relationships, share and encourage good grantmaking practices among the peers. There is more autonomy extended to participate in regard to agenda setting and leadership but the association provide convening support and facilitation. The initial phase (2018-2019) will focus on education and health sector.
• Provides a structures platform for sharing and learning
• Provide a platform for co-creation and collaboration
• Generate knowledge on best practices in philanthropy
• Provide an opportunity for members to share their experiences
• Enhance networking among philanthropy actors
• Enhanced, coordinated and vibrant network of philanthropy actors mass
• Enhanced best practices in philanthropy
Givers' Lounge on Health
In 2018, EAPN seeks to facilitate to initiate a community of practice that brings together Grantmakers and stakeholders in the health sector and principally provide;
• An opportunity for participants to discuss opportunities, share challenges and experiences in Private-Public Partnerships within the health sector at the county and national level.
• Explore and share innovations in health funding, policy and practice.
• Explore opportunities for co-creating and joint funding in supporting specific county and national development priorities in the health sector.
For this purposes, the association is seeking partnership to provide strategic support in defining the elements of the Health Givers Lounge.
The provision of quality health services is one of the major socio-economic challenges facing the country. An effective health policy calls for delivery of a basic package of quality health services to an increasingly growing population, financing and managing these services in a way that guarantees availability, accessibility and affordability. However, the government has been confronted by resource constraints posing a great challenge in healthcare finance, management and provision. Moreover, the public health system is indebted and faces increased pressure to provide advanced technology and expensive treatments. As a result of this, the government is continuously creating an environment that leverages partnerships and collaborations with the civil and corporate society to address these challenges.
The contribution of Local Grantmakers in the health sector has rapidly augmented and consequently, Grantmakers are increasingly adopting more collaborative approaches with the public sector (national and county). As Grantmakers engage with the public sector there is a need for careful evaluation of the opportunities, conditions for success and sustainability of these collaborations and partnerships.
Givers' Lounge on Education
In 2003 the government established an education policy to improve access to education through the free primary and later on secondary education programme. However, the vision has faced constraints in mobilizing additional public and private resources to meet the high cost of expanding access to quality secondary school education. Resource constraints are compounded by inequalities in participation across regions, social class and gender. Any attempt, therefore, to expand access to secondary school education should take into account the existing disparities within the society, failure to which such effort will propagate social economic inequalities.
In addressing these gaps various private foundations and other charitable organizations have been forced to tilt their giving in favor of education by prioritizing scholarships for secondary schools. However, even as philanthropy becomes a significant sector in the promotion of education in Kenya there are insufficient platforms to coordinate efforts among funders. Cases of duplication, omission and misplaced priorities in relation to criteria of selection have had a negative impact on the benefit and sustainability of such projects.
In order to improve the value in this sector of philanthropy in Kenya, EAPN invites stakeholders in philanthropy for education to an open forum on the efficacy of Secondary School Sponsorship Criteria Systems in Kenya. Do we need to readjust the selection criteria to meet realities on the ground- Deteriorating quality of education in public schools? Do we still fund children from poor backgrounds who fail to meet our set minimum performance targets? Is the time ripe to begin offering scholarships to children from poor families to attend good private schools? What are the alternative mechanisms of addressing the education inequalities that go beyond bursaries- investing in infrastructure? Can grantors have a coordinated selection processes?
• To share experiences on the challenges faced by education grantors in selecting beneficiaries.
• To assess the efficacy of the current Secondary School Sponsorship criteria in Kenya in view of the current debate on Public Vs Private schools vis avis performance and quality.
• To discuss a way forward on establishing a mechanism that will ensure grantors in the education sector are well coordinated.