Exploring opportunities in emerging trends and practices.

A summation of the 6th Philanthropy Conference.

Among the major issues focused on and some of the outcomes include;

1) Accountability both upward and downward. Holding public officers accountable for the use of public resources; while at the same time remaining accountable to the public that Philanthropy and Civil society serve and holding peers within the philanthropy and CSO sector accountable to both the public and partners in development. 2) Performing the critical role in mobilizing social capital for development activities; 3) Advocating for the adoption of requisite laws in the East African countries to engender cross-border operations of both CSOs and Philanthropy players and well as ensuring the in-country conducive legal environment for operations. 4) Wise and timely collection and process of data for use in the sector. 5) The evolving scenario of philanthropy as influenced by innovations in technology, changes in the legal operating environment, global influence on giving cultures, declining foreign funding, new wealth creation, and evolving social identities. 6) Strategies for enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the development field and ways in which philanthropy is empowering and stimulating engagement with Persons Living with Disability. 7) Transition and succession management in the philanthropy sector, to ensure that the philanthropy movement remains robust and vibrant. The importance of mentorship of emerging leaders, capacities of incoming leaders, knowledge transfer and the management of knowledge. 8) The challenges of business to Philanthropy and CSO was highlighted in the context-specific opportunities that exist for local philanthropy, private sector, non-profits and government in leveraging this approach to finance development, including how the approach has been adopted in East Africa. 9) Finally, the issue of technology. Technology is evolving rapidly and is affecting all of us differently. Foundations and non-profits are not immune to these changes and have evolved to adapt to and benefit from new technologies.