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?

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

To ensure a secure environment for all attendees, a mandatory COVID-19 test will be required. We have arranged for onsite testing services at the hotel, prioritizing your health and safety. Alternatively, you may also provide a negative test certificate obtained within a 24-hour timeframe to ensure its validity. Your well-being remains our utmost concern throughout the conference.

Also, remember to carry other 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

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Falastin Omar
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Emmanuel marfo


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
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.

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