The Annual East Africa Philanthropy Conference is the signature philanthropy event in the region hosted by the East Africa Philanthropy Network, a voluntary membership organization that draws its membership from local charitable trusts, foundations, grant making and non-grant making organizations in East Africa with the primary aim of promoting philanthropy. The Conference is a gathering of over 300 practitioners and philanthropic organizations in the region. It provides a platform for sharing experiences, collective reflection, as well as the curation and development of philanthropic and social tools and investment practices for the continent’s people and partners.   A committee made up of EAPN members, partners and stakeholders to conceptualize, vision and plan, including determining the conference theme, agenda and selecting abstracts that inform the program organizes this conference.

The 8th East Africa Philanthropy Conference is an in-person event aimed at spurring philanthropy actors towards engaging actionable tools to build a resilient sector by aligning to the changes inherent and unanticipated in the ecosystem. It also aims at ensuring relevance through establishing collaborations that embrace the new demands of philanthropy while creating an environment for philanthropy to thrive. The three-day conference will provide industry players and practitioners an opportunity to unpack the broader theme dedicating each day to two sub-themes.

Conference thematic areas

The discussions at the conference will center on how African philanthropy can push the sector beyond conversations by specifically focusing on futuristic advancement, tireless generosity, and revitalizing philanthropy. The conference is expected to yield systems change frameworks for an agile and receptive practice of philanthropy in Africa. All abstracts must reflect consideration and engagement, of one or more of the crosscutting contexts of:
Thematic Area 1: Amplifying impact through a Vibrant Philanthropy
Thematic Area 1: Amplifying Impact through a Vibrant Philanthropy

Systems change is overdue in philanthropy. Systems transformation in development and specifically in philanthropy is inevitable, and thus should be embraced as our new normal. Whether it is trust-based philanthropy, participatory grant making, common data platforms, or calls for alternate reporting formats, important shifts are simultaneously underway and on a noticeably large scale. In East Africa, we amplify the work of philanthropy by building strong and vibrant communities where actors in this field work in concert through their strategic giving, investments and influence, to foster shared prosperity in the sector.

There are a number of notable returns evidenced from amplifying impact in philanthropy. Much like higher education and healthcare, philanthropy is a sector fundamentally “in service” to its constituents. Systems transformation leads to a vibrant sector, which in turn has direct impact on the quality of life in terms of well-being of the community; this could be reduced mortality rates, increased life expectancy and reduced burden of disease. All those could be achieved through philanthropy and adopting impact driven approaches. High impact giving, points to a global recognition by philanthropists of the need to apply systems transformation approaches to the sector. This ensures a more vibrant philanthropy sector and maximum return on Philanthropic Investment with unique social returns.” What are some examples of these returns?

Thematic Area 2: Enabling Environment: Evidence Approach towards a Stronger Ecosystem
Thematic Area 2: Enabling Environment: Evidence Approach to Strengthening the Ecosystem

EAPN places great importance on creating an environment that supports and enables philanthropy, a priority that has garnered the interest of our members and partners in recent years. The Evidence-based Enabling Environment (EE) evaluates various aspects of the philanthropy sector, including the legal infrastructure, regulatory framework, and public support. It also considers how policy and sector services are integrated in practice, while seeking to strike a balance between ease of doing business and broader nonprofit sector benefits, between regulatory framework and impact on social services, and between de jure laws and de facto practical implementation.

Through this session, actors will engage in developing concrete action plans to complement the mapping exercises carried out on the continent, ensure that the enabling and support environments are backed by evidence drawn from data, perspectives and lived experiences, practices and a clear understanding of the present challenges for moving forward with opportunities in the future.

Thematic Area 3: Untiring Generosity through Challenging Times
Thematic Area 3: Untiring Generosity through Challenging Times

We live in a time of increasing social and economic challenges. Amid recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the looming global economic downturn, various reports have been published on topical issues such as, Local Resource Mobilization, Mapping Philanthropy Support Actors and Emerging Vehicles of Giving. These reports provide a roadmap, evidence and information to help philanthropists navigate these uncertain times.

Today, as we survey current challenges and those that lie ahead, we see a broad array of social, financial and environmental crises that are poised to test our sense of shared values and societal framework. This session looks to provide participants the opportunity to challenge the status quo and deliberate on solutions for the challenges we currently face. Addressing these problems requires a great deal of thoughtfulness, tenacity, and commitment; even the most seasoned philanthropists need to pause, reflect, and ensure that their giving strategies reflect the seismic shifts around the world. This requires a broad awareness of big-picture issues, as well as a willingness to seek out the interconnectedness of global challenges. No matter the issue, or the method—be it through public-private partnerships, impact investing, coalitions, collaboration or more traditional philanthropy models—there are opportunities to realign resources with what is needed in today’s environment.

This session will present a series of considerations and strategies for thoughtful and effective giving in these challenging times. Some questions to respond to include; How would we conduct evaluations to establish and strengthen provisions for giving, collaboration, and leadership development? How do we incorporate challenges of climate change in our solutions?

How can our movements and the people that drive them continue to work towards deeper solidarity as we heal from inter and intra community conflicts?

Thematic Area 4: Revitalizing & Re-imagining the future: Building on People Power
Thematic Area 4: Revitalizing & Re-imagining the future: Building on People Power

Over the past few years, there have been moments of tremendous setbacks towards philanthropic development but also growth. We have organized various convening’s across the region to innovate in order to circumvent our complex context. While re-imagining transformations in the sector, we envision creating actionable paths in areas such as community philanthropy, climate change, technology, data etc.

We will also unpack the feminist agenda, which is a powerful movement aimed towards galvanizing transformative action for gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights. As deliberations and interventions on strengthening the equality movement continue to take center stage across the continent, we catch a glimpse into the future philanthropic ecosystem in Africa and the world at large, and what it means for the movement. How are philanthropy players navigating multiple changes to sustain and rebuild our collectives amidst crises such as collapsing civic spaces, reneged rights, government attacks, political conflict and global inflation among others?

How are different players in the sector challenging the siloing? In addition, how are they confronting the indiscriminate attack on community philanthropy through limiting their ability to participate in creating their own solution of stakeholders’ freedoms to organize, expression and bodily autonomy and political pluralism.

How do we fund movements like those that we care for them to win? Moreover, how are we using the current challenging moments as opportunities to reignite movement-inspired debates that shift political paradigms to foster knowledge sharing across movements; thus catalyzing radical shifts in how we work? How do we secure and consolidate our collective gains?


27 June 2023 | 13:00 EAT
8th EAP Conference Arrival
28 June 2023 | 9:30-17:00 EAT
8th EAP Conference Day 1
29 June 2023 | 08:30-16:00 EAT
8th EA Philanthropy Conference Day 2
30 June 2023 | 09:30-13:00 EAT
8th EA Philanthropy Conference Day 3
27 June 2023 Guests Arrival
27 June 2023 | 14:30 - 16:30 Masterclass - APN & EAPN Members
27 June 2023 | 18:00 – 20:30 Opening Cocktail & Entertainment
28 June 2023 | 07:45-08:45 Registration
28 June 2023 | 08:45-08:55 Opening remarks
28 June 2023 | 08:55-09:10 Chief Guest: Welcoming Remarks

Our Chief Guest, the first Vice President of the Republic of Zanzibar, will officiate and formally launch the conference. He will present different aspects of development towards systems transformation and the power of catalyzing collective action for a stronger and vibrant economy in Zanzibar, East Africa as well as the wider African region.

28 June 2023 | 09:10-09:25 Conference Foresight: Jacqueline Asiimwe - Board Chair EAPN

This session will set the scene for the conference, presenting different aspects of systems transformation, through the lens of Philanthropic work in East Africa, and the power of catalyzing collective action for a stronger and vibrant sector.

28 June 2023 | 09:15-10:55 Plenary Session 1: Driving Collective Action for Philanthropy That Supports Systems Wide Transformation

Plenary Session 1: Driving Collective Action for Philanthropy That Supports Systems Wide Transformation

The sector needs to be intentional about addressing root causes, breaking down barriers, and creating new structures or processes that support positive change. As we focus on Systems Transformation at this Conference, it is critical for actors to explore innovative and holistic approaches through which to drive change, rather than simply address symptoms or individual aspects of a problem. This session will engage experts in thought provoking discourses on how grantmakers, grantees, communities, and other stakeholders, can leverage collective action, which is imperative in creating meaningful and lasting impact around issues that we all are passionate about. This kind of coordinated effort has the potential to catalyze the most pressing and complex societal challenges of our time.

28 June 2023 | 10:55-11:25 Health Break

Take a break from the intense sessions, stretch your body, and recharge your mind.

Our health breaks are more than just a chance to catch your breath. They provide an opportunity for you to connect with fellow participants, make new friends, and network with sector professionals. Who knows, you might even walk away with a new partner or a mentor!

28 June 2023 | 11:15-12:55 Breakout Sessions: Driving Systems Change

Group 1: A Process Oriented Approach in Engaging Culture and Mindset Shifts in Philanthropy

Cultural and mindset evolutions can take multiple years, especially in the philanthropy sector where practitioners work with communities which are steeped in conservative ideology. Building a culture of philanthropy should be viewed more like a process rather than an endpoint. This session will unpack the 5 Pillars of the culture of philanthropy: Community members should always feel like they belong (inclusion), believe in the purpose their community exists (transparency), have opportunities to tell their story (empowerment), have the power to help others tell their stories (collaboration), and feel like their contributions are valued (celebration). These pillars are key to changing cultural misnomers, shifting mindsets and driving systems change.

Group 2: Leadership, Governance & Giving: Engagements for Systems Transformation

Development in Africa requires radical shifts in leadership and governance. It is thus important for philanthropy to create tools that adequately measure and monitor governance practices. As we celebrate and recognize African leadership, philanthropy must also reinvigorate these leaders by supporting the development of their capacity in a manner that contributes to transforming systems. This session will focus on promoting a culture in which leadership, governance and giving are  ingrained in leaders in order to empower them to effectively drive systems change.

Group 3: Systems Change Mechanisms: Leveraging Local Opportunities

Various support mechanisms are often at the forefront in combating the rising trend towards increased control and excessive, unwarranted restrictions of philanthropy and civil society. Philanthropy is part of a complex ecosystem that stretches across regions, jurisdictions, and communities. This session will engage in developing concrete action plans that are guided by evidence from research. We will engage on how donors, grantees, and intermediaries are working collectively behind the scenes to successfully protect and grow the space for philanthropy and giving, while leveraging available local opportunities towards systems change.

28 June 2023 | 12:55-14:00 Lunch [Restaurant]
28 June 2023 | 14:00-14:15 Recap of the breakout sessions

This is to allow participants who may miss a session or who will be unable to attend the conference to catch up on the key points and insights that will be shared and to also provide a refresher for those who did attend, helping them to retain the information they will learn and solidify their understanding of the sessions’ content.

28 June 2023 | 14:15-14:30 Lightning Talk:Untiring Generosity Through Challenging Times

We live in a time of increasing social and economic challenges. As we survey current hurdles and those that lie ahead, we see a broad array of social, financial and regulatory crises that are poised to test our sense of shared values and societal framework. This session will engage stakeholders in charting a way forward and providing us with updated and more detailed insights on giving despite the perplexing issues we face at this time.

28 June 2023 | 14:30-16:00Plenary Session 2: Reinvigorating Systems: Models for Collective Action

Systems change is at the top of the agenda for philanthropic organizations, with foundations and other agencies supporting a wide variety of initiatives meant to co-create sustainable tools such as adoption of data, innovative financing and advocating for conducive policy frameworks. This session will explore meaningful models of collaborative systems change, which is not the sole province of any particular sector, underscoring the importance of partnerships for problem solving towards systems transformation.

28 June 2023 | 16:00-17:30 Breakout Sessions: A Collaborative Approach to Strengthening Philanthropy

Group 1: Data & Technology in Philanthropy: Opportunities for Collective Impact

Philanthropy has traditionally been a sector of society that relies heavily on its supporters’ enthusiasm, expertise, and resources. However, with advances in technology and data analytics, there has been increased digitization in philanthropy. We are experiencing a dramatic shift in frequency and – more importantly – in effectiveness. Not only will giving be faster and more efficient, but also funders will be able to make informed decisions about where to allocate their money to achieve maximum impact. Already, these technologies are changing the way we practice philanthropy, and this transformation is only set to grow in the coming years. The combination of data-driven decision-making and automation tools will enable philanthropy to become much more meaningful and effective, influencing how organizations invest in social change projects and develop strategies for long-term impact. Philanthropy is under transformation for the better today, but soon it will be unrecognizable from its current state because of data & technology!  This session will reflect on how Philanthropic organizations can facilitate significant impact through adopting trends like advanced analytics, machine learning and other AI technologies

Group 2: Dynamic and Innovative Models to Unlocking Impact: Driving Systems Change Through Catalytic Financing

Philanthropy has to adapt to and implement practical, innovative finance mechanisms which in turn increases social impact and drives development. It is therefore crucial for the sector to understand how to invest in areas that are both responsive to community needs and complementary to organizations’ objectives, while assessing the instruments of blended financing. This session will engage experts in exploring how catalytic capital unlocks impact and additional investment, strengthens communities, expands opportunity and economic growth, while fueling innovation that advances the well-being of people and the planet. This in turn lays the groundwork for mainstream investors to participate in transformative investments.

Group 3: Re-engineering Supportive Policy, Legal and Institutional Frameworks

Philanthropy is well positioned to advocate for policy reform, act as a catalyst for community change, convene diverse constituencies, and support civil society in being watchdogs of the government and commercial sectors. The goals that philanthropy pursues often converge with those of development agencies, national governments and civil society, and therefore they have become more engaged in shaping public policy and participating in high-level development forums. Despite shared goals, a communication and collaboration gap still exists between philanthropy and policy enactors. Support for policy research also lags behind. This session therefore seeks to advance policy advocacy that enhances and promotes philanthropy in East Africa.

28 June 2023 | 17:30-17:50 Summary of Day 1

We aim at ensuring that participants get the most out of their conference experience, stay engaged and informed, and retain the valuable information and insights they will gain.


28 June 2023 | 17:50-18:20 Day 1 Networking Session

This will provide a dynamic and interactive forum for attendees to engage in strategic relationship-building and knowledge-sharing. By facilitating lively and engaging discussions among sector professionals, this session will undoubtedly foster innovation and forge new partnerships catalyzing future success.

28 June 2023 | 19:00-21:00 Cruise Dinner

We invite you to join us for a spectacular cruise dinner, an evening of indulgence, relaxation, and breathtaking views. Savor delicious food, enjoy great company and take in the magnificent sights of the ocean. It’s a perfect opportunity to unwind and connect with fellow attendees in a unique and unforgettable setting. We look forward to sharing this memorable experience with you.

29 June 2023 | 07:45-08:45 Registration


29 June 2023 | 08:45-09:00 Welcome


29 June 2023 | 09:00-09:10Opening of Day 2: Keynote Remarks
29 June 2023 | 09:10-10:40 Forging a Path to Impact: Harnessing the Pillars of Philanthropy
29 June 2023 | 10:40-11:10 Health Break

This health break is to help you refresh and rejuvenate. Please take this opportunity to take a walk, enjoy some healthy snacks or hydrate yourself so that you can fully engage in the upcoming sessions.

29 June 2023 | 11:10-12:40 Breakout Sessions: Harmonizing Strengths: Fostering Collaboration for Transformative Change

Group 1: Power Play Redefined: Balancing Influence and Inclusion in High Net Worth Giving

Despite initial giving spikes at the onset of COVID-19, charitable giving levels for individuals have not meaningfully increased in a sustained way. What’s more, the world’s wealthiest have expanded their personal fortunes, and the total number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWI) has increased. Unlocking the potential of UHNW philanthropy remains a critical need for the social sector. This session looks to spotlight the strategic approaches of high-impact philanthropists and to equip the emerging further with the knowledge and tools necessary to channel their resources for good. We look to witness the convergence of power, purpose, and impact as we explore the reflective question: How can high net worth individuals wield their influence to drive systemic change while ensuring inclusivity?

Group 2: Accelerating AfCFTA: Voices of African Youth on Infrastructure for Social Enterprises and Businesses

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) came into effect in 2021, and brought about questions of how our youth would benefit from such a free trade agreement. However, a radical shift is required in order to develop an infrastructure to articulate a common agenda for youth to shape policy and practice on governance, economic justice and their true inclusion in AfCFTA initiatives. This is in order for the continent to realize the vision of the agreement and its potential to empower the people and especially the youth of Africa. This session will engage speakers who will unpack Youth-Led organizational systems strengthening and their role in realizing the opportunities presented by the AfCFTA agreement.

Group 3: Empowering Communities, Shaping Systems: Unlocking Potential Through Participatory Philanthropy

Thriving community-based organizations (CBOs) is crucial for sustainable development. The ability of CBOs to function properly is often limited by a lack of resources, which ultimately affects the ability of the organization to offer services to citizens effectively. This session explores the transformative impact of community involvement, exploring innovative strategies and successful models that empower communities to engage actively in giving and governance processes that affect their lives. We will uncover the power of inclusive decision-making and policy-making through case studies and interactive discussions. We will also unpack the legal and policy framework of philanthropy, create space for the cultivation and growth of community and explore innovative models that will provide effective and sustainable support for the development of resilient civil society programs.

29 June 2023 | 12:45-14:00 Lunch

We encourage you to take a moment to unwind, savor your meal, and connect with your fellow participants. This is an excellent opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and make new acquaintances. 


Furahia mlo wako!

29 June 2023 | 14:00-14:15 Recap of breakout sessions

The recap session will provide a brief summary of the key takeaways from each breakout session, ensuring that participants understand and can apply the information presented. This will also give you a reference point for future use, ensuring that the knowledge gained from the conference is not lost.

Don’t miss this opportunity to maximize your conference experience.

29 June 2023 | 14:15-15:45 The Renaissance of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: Forging a Path to a Thriving Future
29 June 2023 | 15:45-17:15 Breakout Sessions: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Group 1: Pan-African and Feminist Philanthropies (PAFP) in Practice: What does it look like?

This session will ignite a captivating dialogue on the realm of Pan-African and Feminist Philanthropies (PAFP) as catalysts for systems transformation exploring the ever-evolving landscape and formidable obstacles that shape this visionary movement. We will unleash the potential of philanthropy to forge a lasting imprint, driven by an incisive gender analysis that uncovers untapped possibilities. We look to honor the fearless champions of human rights who fearlessly navigate the complex nexus of activism and philanthropy, breathing life into our collective aspirations. We will also unravel the web of funders that throb with energy, propelling transformative endeavors to new heights.

Group 2: Breaking Barriers: Philanthropy's Drive for Inclusive Impact

Within the disability sphere, the sector is at a crucial juncture, marked by both progress and persistent challenges. While there have been significant strides in advancing the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities, there is still much work pending. In many parts of the world, individuals with disabilities continue to face hurdles in accessing essential services, education, employment, and social opportunities. Discrimination, stigma, and limited resources further compound the difficulties they encounter. Efforts have been made to address these issues, with organizations and advocates working tirelessly to promote disability rights, raise awareness, and create environments that are more inclusive. However, funding gaps and fragmented networks pose obstacles to achieving meaningful and sustainable change. In light of these realities, the session aims at strengthening funding towards support for persons with disabilities, identify key areas for improvement, and chart a path forward. Together, we can create a future where every person, regardless of ability, can fully participate, thrive, and contribute to society.

Group 3: Revolutionizing Perspectives: Mental Health's Evolution within the DEI Landscape

The past few years were nothing short of difficult. With the Covid-19 pandemic and civil unrest, life as we know vastly changed. However, one positive change amid the crises has been the increased focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). What previously consisted of half-hearted efforts and antiquated programs now needs to be holistic, authentic, and effective benefits that support DEI and mental health. Mental ill health is often a symptom of lackluster DEI within organizations, and specifically among minority demographics. People from diverse backgrounds or belonging to marginalized groups often deal with microaggressions, unconscious bias, a lack of representation, and other stressors all of which play a role in their overall mental health and wellbeing. Beyond the data on who is affected by mental health concerns disproportionately, this session looks to explore 'the why' and to consider practical as well as holistic approaches to developing and implementing mental health in DEI strategies.

29 June 2023 | 17:15-17:30 Summary of Day 2

We hope to help you stay informed about the most important takeaways and highlights of the conference, and to also provide a useful reference for future discussions and follow-up conversations.

Get ready for an exciting and insightful experience!

29 June 2023 | 17:30-18:00 Networking Session

Embrace the energy of this unparalleled networking experience, where the seeds of possibility are sown and transformative partnerships take root.

29 June 2023 | 19:00-21:00 Dinner

Guten Appetit!

30 June 2023 | 08:45-08:55 Welcome
30 June 2023 | 08:55 – 09:05 Opening Remarks : Building Movements)

30 June 2023 | 09:05-10:35 Plenary Session 4: A Collective Approach to Adaptation and Resilience in Philanthropy

Plenary Session 4: A Collective Approach to Adaptation and Resilience in Philanthropy

Today and in the future, there is one thing social change leaders can be sure of: they will experience disruption, uncertainty, and significant change. Whether recovering from a hurricane, navigating global health concerns, responding to shifts in public policy, we need to get intentional about cultivating resilience better at anticipating and adapting to disruption. To build collective resilience, we must reduce risk and resource inequities, engage local people in mitigation, create organizational linkages, boost and protect social supports, and plan for not having a plan, which requires flexibility, decision-making skills, and trusted sources of information that function in the face of unknowns. Informed by the foregoing, this session will help us design clear action-plans to help us respond effectively to change and adapt successfully to new and unforeseen circumstances while staying true to our missions.

30 June 2023 | 10:35-11:05 Health Break

Your health and wellbeing during the conference is our top priority and that’s why we have thoughtfully incorporated health breaks. They are not just a brief respite from the conference activities, but an opportunity to prioritize your wellbeing, practice self-care, and recharge your energy for the rest of the day.

30 June 2023 | 11:00 – 11:15 Lightning Talk - MediaShift: Philanthropy and Media Partnerships

Thriving, inclusive, and independent philanthropy and media are key to vibrant democracies. Yet in many countries, declining social trust, shrinking civic space, and polluted information ecosystems undermine the ability of philanthropy and media to serve the people they are intended to represent and inform. Despite important examples of progress, too many countries are facing increasingly authoritarian governance, erosion of basic freedoms, restrictions on independent media, and the exclusion of entire groups of people from meaningful participation in civic life. This talk is to shed light on how to foster cross-field collaborations between media and civil society organizations as one way of upending the sector's drive for neutrality.


30 June 2023 | 11:15-12:45 Breakout Sessions: People Power: Leveraging Collective & Social Capital for Impact

Breakout Sessions: People Power: Leveraging Collective & Social Capital for Impact

In this gathering, we will embark on a deep exploration of the immense power of collective and social capital in driving meaningful impact. Prepare to uncover innovative pathways towards fostering resilient civic engagement, catalyzing transformative shifts within philanthropy through decolonization and power redistribution, and empowering localized philanthropic initiatives. Get ready to challenge conventional boundaries, dismantle barriers, and together, forge a future where individuals and communities become the driving elements for lasting and inclusive transformation.

Group 1: Weaving Resilience to Revitalize Civic Engagement in the Global South

Social justice funders are invested implicitly in systems change - working to transform the root causes of inequality. They however are not mere catalysts - animating processes but remaining unchanged in the end - but are an intrinsic part of the change itself. So, what does this mean for philanthropy in a world and an East African region that is in flux, facing unexpected events and emergencies, engaging demands for new forms of power, and shifting in its economic and funding architecture?  Join us as we discuss what it means to be resilient and resourceful in ways that strengthen the sector. This interactive dialogue anchors on the Ford Foundation-supported Weaving Resilience - Financial Resilience hub, and will highlight innovations and deep thinking around the present and future of resourcing change in East Africa.

Group 2: From the System we Have, to the System we Want: How Can Community Philanthropy Pave the Way For Fostering People Power?

No longer just a hash-tag, the global #ShiftThePower movement is moving from the margins to the mainstream in the conversations on international development and philanthropy. A key set of actors within this are community philanthropy organizations that are stepping away from traditional development models. Instead, they are championing new ways of deciding and doing that center local agency, relationships and trust - transforming the sector from the bottom-up. In this session, practitioners will highlight their work in Africa and how they are experimenting with, and advancing, community philanthropy. Recent publications will be used to kick-off discussions around the potential for growing, organizing and measuring the role of local resources in building a more resilient civil society and the system we want.

Group 3: The Localization Debate-From Discourse to Tangible Outcomes

In navigating the dynamic philanthropy landscape, this session will seek to delve into actionable strategies focused on sharing perspectives, perceptions, and recommendations on translating discourse into action on the localization agenda. Through in-depth deliberations, it will provide a safe space for engagement on critical localization aspects such as decentralization and devolution, participatory planning and implementation, and effective partnership building. Furthermore, the session will highlight the importance of equal opportunity for local resource allocation whilst highlighting existing efforts and interventions already in place.

30 June 2023 | 12:45-13:00 Conference Wrap up, Next steps and Closing remarks
30 June 2023 | 13:00-14:00 Lunch and Departure

We hope that you have found the conference to be insightful, educational, and rewarding. Savor your lunch and cherish the moments with your newfound connections and colleagues. Reflect on the insights gained, the opportunities uncovered, and the relationships forged.


Refuel your body, mind and spirit for the journey home. We wish you safe travels. May your journey be smooth, comfortable, and filled with fond memories of the conference. We look forward to seeing you at future events and continuing the momentum of the valuable connections and insights gained here.


Bon voyage!

30 June 2023 | 14:00 – 17:00 Excursion (Optional)

Let’s end the conference in a bang!

We are thrilled to offer you an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture through a planned excursion. Let’s explore the unique attractions and experiences that the Zanzibar has to offer.  Don’t miss out on this exciting adventure, and stay tuned for more information to come. We look forward to sharing this unforgettable experience with you!

Logistical Note
Dear Delegate,

Thank you for your interest in attending the 8th East Africa Philanthropy Conference. We want to ensure that you have a smooth and comfortable experience as you travel and book your accommodation for the conference in Zanzibar, Tanzania. To make planning easier, we have provided logistical information for you to familiarize yourself with prior to traveling.


The conference will be held at the Madinat Al Bahr Hotel, which is located about 3.5 kilometers from the Zanzibar International Airport, 6 Km from Zanzibar Dock, and 5 kilometers from Stone Town.

Hotel Information

Information and  Requirements  for your Visa Application

Visitors who are not citizens of the East African Community (EAC) member countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Burundi) must obtain an e-visa and have a hard copy printed out before departing for Zanzibar. If you need a multiple-entry visa, please apply before traveling.

Please ensure that you have the following items for entry:

Referral Cases

There are some countries whose nationality requires special clearance from the Commissioner General of Immigration or the Commissioner of Immigration (Zanzibar) prior to issuance of the Visa. These countries fall under the Referral Visa Category, please see if your country/passport falls under that category here.

Applicants whose nationals fall under this category are not advised to book flight tickets or make payments for any reservations in Tanzania before they get approval for their Visa. Applicants of Referral Visas are advised to apply at least two months before their date of travel.

Mode of Transportation.

There are 2 ways to access Zanzibar Island. These are air and ferry.


Participants set to use the flight option will arrive using the Abeid Karume International Airport. The airport is 3.3 km and approximately 7 minutes’ drive from the conference venue, Madinat Al Bahr Hotel.

Please double-check the information on your flight ticket to verify flight details and times. You are requested to be at your departure airport at least 3 hours before departure.

Airport Transfers

Only pick-up and drop-off support to and from accommodation facilities and the airport will be handled by the concierge.

A placard with “8th East Africa Philanthropy Conference” on it will be at the Arrivals terminal to support the transportation of guests. You will be responsible for the transport fee.

Ferry Transfers

The other means to access the Island is through using the ferry from Dar-es-salaam. The ferry is located at the dock in downtown Dar (just off Sokoine Drive). The cost is estimated at 13 USD for Tanzanian residents, 30 USD for East African residents, and 35 USD for non-East African residents.

Kindly remember to carry your passport if you are not Tanzanian. To view the ferry schedules, please visit this link.

Hotel Bookings

All accommodation costs will be covered by guests, except for lunch and dinner, which will be paid for by the host. We have negotiated rates with selected hotels on the island to enable all visitors to have a comfortable stay. Kindly use the code “EAPNCONFERENCE” for your discount when booking.

The hotels are:


Most hotels, including the ones listed above will include breakfast as part of your accommodation on a half board basis. During the days of the conference lunch and dinner will be provided. In addition, we will host a cocktail reception on 27 June and dinner receptions on 28 and 29 June. You will need to cater for any additional meals.

Delegate Costs

Costs incurred outside the conferencing covered by the host, will be your responsibility and any requisitions for reimbursement will need to be borne by your office/ organization.


There are some exciting excursions planned to take place on the afternoon of Day 3 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. If you are interested in joining, please ask for more information at the registration desk as you register on the first Day.

Dress Code

Although a tourist destination, Zanzibar is known for its conservative dress code. Do consider wearing modest attire before, during and after the conference with respect to the culture whilst also keeping in mind the humid Coastal weather.

The Weather

The weather forecast for Zanzibar in June-August is fairly hot, with temperatures expected to be at highs of 25 degrees Celsius/ 77°F and lows of 23 degrees Celsius/73.4°F. You can get more information on the weather here. Please pack clothing that will be conducive for this weather.

The Culture

Zanzibari people are known to take their time and value community above all else. Courtesy, patience and small talk shall open doors more swiftly whenever you need support from the locals during your stay.

Time Zone

The standard time zone for Zanzibar is East African Time (GMT+3)

Health/ Medical Emergencies

All COVID-19 health protocols will be observed. If you have any special requests regarding your health and well-being during the convening, please do not hesitate to inform the organizing team. Please carry your personal necessities such as prescribed medicines.

Smoking Prohibition

Although not illegal, smoking cigarettes & pipes is prohibited in public places, restaurants, public vehicles, etc. Smoking is only allowed in designated areas.

For any further clarifications, kindly reach out to the following contacts.


Zanzibar, Tanzania, Madinat Al Bahr Hotel


28TH - 30TH June, 2023

Madinat Al Bahr Hotel

Get your batteries recharged for this one-of-a-kind philanthropy conference made just for you – the change maker! Join us for a 3-day convening of building your knowledge and finding your people!

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    We are keen on providing ample networking opportunities during the conference. You will get to meet hundreds of likeminded people who will also be looking to expand their networks. Be sure to create meaningful and long-lasting relationships.

    We are also pleased to invite you to join one or more of our communities of practice geared towards fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing as well as providing ongoing support and resources beyond the conference. Please indicate your interest in joining by selecting from the options below.

    Dietary Restrictions*

    We are privacy-conscious especially in this age of rapid digitalization and to that effect, we wish to request your permission to use any photographs/video/sound recordings captured of you in our printed and electronic media, including the internet for educational or promotional purposes. If you would like to be exempted, please let us know.*

    Please share your Emergency Contact's name and phone number.*

    Do you have any disabilities or accessibility needs that we should be aware of in order to ensure you can fully participate in the conference? If yes, please provide more information.



    Hewlett Foundation

    Sponsorship Packages


    • Five complimentary conference registrations
    • High-profile exhibition space
    • Opportunity to introduce the organization from the conference podium
    • Full-page back cover, 4-color ad in conference program
    • Two pull-up banners at the venue entrance
    • Large logo on all holding slides shown between talks and demos
    • A news item on the EAPN websites about sponsor and contribution to the conference
    • Mentions on all digital conference collateral from date of signing
    • VIP seating at front of conference hall
    • Opportunity to engage directly with attendees by any means during the conference
    • Company name and logo in attendee emails and on conference giveaway
    • Company name and quotes in press releases (pre and post)
    • Lunch Table reserved for your organization x 1
    • To be featured in the EAPN Newsletter, thrice
    • An opportunity to record a podcast episode
    • Media Interviews : Radio and TV
    • Opportunity to feature in the event takeaway video and highlights
    • A Panel Seat
    • 3 digital posters


    $10,001 - $20,000
    • Four complimentary conference registrations
    • Logo featured in the front layout
    • A prime area, within the exhibition space
    • VIP seating at front of conference hall
    • ¾ page, 4-color ad in conference program
    • Mentions on all digital conference collateral from date of signing
    • Large logo on all holding slides shown between talks
    • Company name and logo in attendee emails
    • Company profile, logo, and contact information in conference program
    • Lunch Table reserved for your organization x 1
    • To be featured in the EAPN Newsletter, twice
    • An opportunity to record a podcast episode
    • Media Interview: Radio
    • 2 Digital Posters


    $5,001 - $10,000
    • Three complimentary conference registrations
    • A single exhibition booth
    • VIP seating near the mainstage
    • ½ page, 4-color ad in conference program
    • Two pull-up banners in the main conference room
    • Recognition (with logo) in rotating signage from conference main stage
    • Organization profile included in pre and post event promotion
    • Mentions on all digital conference collateral from date of signing
    • Company name and logo in attendee emails
    • An opportunity to record a podcast episode
    • A digital poster


    $2,001 - $5,000
    • Two complimentary conference registrations
    • ¼ page, 4-color ad in conference program
    • Recognition (with logo) in rotating signage from main stage
    • A single exhibition booth
    • Organization profile included in pre and post event promotion
    • Mentions on all digital conference collateral from date of signing
    • A single feature in the EAPN Newsletter
    • Company name and logo in attendee emails
    • Option to participate in ongoing event-day promotions
    • An opportunity to record a podcast episode
    • Logo placement within the main conference set-up material


    $1,000 - $2,000
    • One complimentary conference registrations
    • A single exhibition booth
    • Logo on conference signage, event promotions, and event website
    • Recognition (with logo) in rotating signage from main stage
    • Mentions on all digital conference collateral from date of signing
    • Featured in the Newsletter, x1
    • Organization profile included in pre and post event promotion
    • Option to participate in ongoing event-day promotions
    • An opportunity to record a podcast episode

    Official Partners

    Ford Foundation
    Giving for Change
    Charles Stewart MOTT FOUNDATION
    Africa Philanthropy Network

    You are our top priority, and your health and safety is our utmost concern. We are diligently following standardized measures to help everyone stay healthy while ensuring you have a safe and rewarding conference experience. For updates and venue-specific safety procedures, please check back frequently.

    Please keep in mind that we are engaging with the conference venue, other hotels, and safety professionals to implement health-and-safety protocols appropriate to the public health circumstances existing at the time of the event.

    We will communicate any possible changes to the onsite health and safety measures and requirements to the participants prior to the start date.

    Meanwhile, keep in mind that the weather forecast for Zanzibar in June-August will be hot, with temperatures expected to be at highs of 25°C (77°F) and lows of 23°C (73.4°F). Our advice is to pack ideal footwear and lightweight, loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, silk, bamboo and cotton that will keep you cool.

    To reduce the risk of possible complications, please carry your personal necessities such as prescribed medications. If you have any special requests regarding your health and well-being during the convening, do not hesitate to inform the organizing team.

    Please note that all delegates and relevant stakeholders are not at risk of the Marburg virus as it was detected in March some 1500km from Zanzibar and the mainland transit destination of Dar es Salaam. The United Republic of Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has confirmed that the virus has been contained, and the country is considered safe for travelers.

    Coming soon