The 7th East Africa Philanthropy Conference is Themed “Re-engineering Philanthropy.” This is a call to the philanthropy ecosystem in East Africa to redesign its philanthropy processes and systems to improve collaborative efforts, and achieve improvement in the sector’s performance and impact in the East Africa Region. The 2021 conference is an opportunity for an in-depth look at innovation and philanthropy post crisis; focused on building a resilient philanthropy, that can recover; re-learn and thrive at the next level of development.
The conference will adopt an approach that (i) promotes sector reflection and (ii) allows philanthropy actors to collaborate amongst themselves and other experts to help them grow their philanthropy initiatives and improve their professional lives. The 7th conference will focus on supporting practitioners and industry players in: Building Resilience: Focused on enabling philanthropy actors to align to changes in the philanthropy ecosystem and climate. Ensuring Relevance: Establishing innovations that fit and adapt to new realities of philanthropy. Enabling Environment: Escalating the call for reforms in the policy and legislative frameworks that govern philanthropy.
‘’Philanthropy in East Africa: Opportunities in emerging trends and practices’’, provided a platform for diversity in topics on emerging trends and innovation, conceptual frameworks on practices and policy and experience sharing on best practices and lessons learnt. The agenda aimed at capturing dynamics in difference the East African countries and issues at the global leve
philanthropy to grow and have increased impact in the region “there was need to have an integration of philanthropic efforts in the specific East African countries’ through formation of strong institutions and structures”. This, was seen as a crucial component in achieving harmonized policies and systems for instance in the regional tax environment. Through these institutions, research and documentation of Africa’s best case practices in philanthropy could be highlighted, applauded, supported and successfully replicated in dealing with various social problems.
Under the theme Philanthropy, Leadership and Governance the participants had an opportunity to deliberate on the role of philanthropy in promoting transformational leadership and good governance in the region as a way of enhancing strategic development that addresses root causes of the socio-economic and political challenges.
Traditional forms of philanthropy are currently evolving to solve increasing social and economic problems that continue to bedevil the globe. A time has come to explore local creative and sustainable strategies that ensure philanthropy achieve maximum impact.
The rise of institutionalized philanthropy across the world has seen the growth of support networks that are keen to foster collaborations among and within philanthropies. These networks provide space for learning, sharing knowledge, influencing policy and generally present a common voice for philanthropy at national, regional and global levels.
The Conference was themed ‘’Philanthropy Collaborations; Pulling together for better’’ provided a myriad of new, practical case studies and ideas geared towards enhanced philanthropy collaboration at the national, regional and global level. Although some foundations have been engaged in various collaborative processes, most of philanthropy actors have not had access to such initiatives