Conference Agenda

Day 1: Building Resilience
Tuesday, 7th September 2021
8.30am – 8.45amEntertainment & Participant log-inTraditional Dance
8.45am – 9.00amOutline of the days program

Houghton Irungu
Executive Director, Amnesty International

9.00am – 9.15amWelcome Remarks and East Africa Giving Report 2021-Preliminary FindingsEvans Okinyi
CEO, East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN)
9:15am - 9:30amOpening Remarks

Jacqueline Asiimwe

Board Chair – East Africa Philanthropy Network
9.30am – 9.45amKeynote Address

Dr. Peter Laugharn
President and CEO, Conrad Hilton Foundation

Plenary Theme

Plenary Theme:

Sailing the disruptive wave:  establishing meaning for philanthropy in emerging realities.

Session Moderator: Matt Reeves, Aga Khan Foundation

9.45am – 11.00am

The emerging nuances for African philanthropy and opportunities
for philanthropy to think, act and demonstrate a difference in the
new realities.

Private philanthropy and its role in ensuring local ownership
(decolonisation of systems) – how Spark Microgrants is shifting
this discourse.

Shaping the African Narrative for giving in response to emerging

Prof. Bhekinkosi Moyo

Director- Centre on African Philanthropy
and Social Investment (CAPSI)


Sasha Fisher

Founder & CEO, Spark Microgrants Rwanda

Jacqueline Asiimwe

Board Chair, East Africa Philanthropy Network

11.00am – 11.05am: Entertainment/Break (Participants to log into parallel sessions)

11.05am – 12.15pm

Parallel Session 1:

Community Philanthropy Isn't Coming – It Has Arrived

Parellel Session 2:

Re-Imagining Grant-Making in East Africa Through A Decolonisation Lens

Parellel Session 3:

Collaborations for community philanthropy in building resilience: A case for Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

Entertainment Break
12.15pm – 12.20pm: Entertainment/Break (Participants to log into parallel sessions)

12.20pm – 1.20pmParallel Session 1:
Wellness and Well-being
Energising philanthropy for the future!

Parallel Session 2:
Media and Philanthropy
Sharing our stories on collaborative philanthropy

1.20pm – 1.30pmSummary of the day's proceedingsHoughton Irungu
Day 2: Ensuring Relevance

Wednesday 8th September 2021

8.30am – 8.45amEntertainment & Participant log-inBand
8.45am – 9.00amOutline of the days program

Gabriel Iguma,
CEO, Cocreate Advertising

9.00am – 9.15amOpening Remarks Evans Okinyi
CEO, East Africa Philanthropy
Network (EAPN)
9.15am – 9.45amKeynote AddressProf. Maggie Kigozi
Director, Crown Beverages Ltd

Plenary Theme

Plenary Theme:

Stretching the band, failing forward for Philanthropy to SOAR – Stirring introspection among philanthropy players towards building its strengths, maximise opportunities, share its aspirations, and demonstrate results.

Session Moderator: Briggs Bomba, TrustAfrica

9.45am – 11.00am

Re-assessing current philanthropy practices
–exploring their responsiveness to the
demands on the plate of African development.

Agitating for change in private

Integration of civil society, philanthropy
and private capital and advancing the SDG

Dr. Tendai Murisa
Executive Director, SIVIO Institute

James Gatere - Head of Foundation
I&M Foundation, Kenya

Arif Neky
Advisor Strategic Partnerships UN-
SDG Kenya

11.00am – 11.05am: Entertainment/Break (Participants to log into parallel sessions)

11.05am – 12.15pm

Parellel Session 1:

Strengthening Philanthropic Partnerships through a Shared Value Model

Parellel Session 2:

Transforming Aid and Philanthropy to Accelerate Community-led Change 

Parellel Session 3:

African-led and Community Philanthropy: Intersections of Equity, Agency and Sustainability

Entertainment Break
12.15pm – 12.20pm: Entertainment/Break (Participants to log into parallel sessions)

12.20pm – 1.20pm

Market place

Where philanthropy reconnects!

1.20pm – 1.30pmSummary of the day's proceedingsGabriel Iguma
Day 3: Enabling Environment

Thursday 9th September 2021

8.30am – 8.45amEntertainment & Participant log-inAfrican Choir
8.45am – 9.00amOutline of the days program

Jane Matinde

Legal Services Facility
9.00am – 9.15amKeynote Address

Dr. Stigmata Tenga

CEO, Africa Philanthropy Network

Plenary Theme

Plenary Theme:

Building our muscle, collaboration in growing philanthropy - The emerging role of associations in informing standards and frameworks for philanthropy growth in Africa.

Session Facilitator: Dr. Stigmata Tenga, Africa Philanthropy Network (APN)

9.15am – 10.30am

The emerging role of social investments in influencing
philanthropy frameworks in Africa



The role of African philanthropists in influencing systems
change to strengthen African philanthropy  


The essence of Movement building that informs the growth of
the philanthropy ecosystem.

Dr. Frank Aswani

Chief Executive Officer, Africa Venture
Philanthropy Association (AVPA)


Mosun Layode

Executive Director, Africa Philanthropy Forum (APF)


Tiziano Blasi

Senior Coordinator, Policy and Advocacy, WINGS

10.30am – 10.35am: Entertainment/Break (Participants to log into parallel sessions)

10.35am – 11.40am

Parellel Session 1:

Completing the Circuit; Strengthening feedback mechanisms between civil society and funders towards building an enabling environment for philanthropy.

Parellel Session 2:

Re-imagining philanthropy in the era of Technology

Parellel Session 3:

Law and Philanthropy Sustainable Development from the ground Up

11.40am – 12.05pmClosing Remarks

Margaret Mliwa

Ag Regional Director, Ford Foundation Eastern Africa
Plenary Theme


The East Africa Philanthropy Awards (EAPA) is a mechanism to identify, recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations to social development and the growth of philanthropy in the region. Through the awards, the network hopes to promote a culture of giving while acknowledging role models who have made remarkable contributions towards addressing social challenges as demonstrated in their innovations and leadership. The EAPA was launched in 2011, and we had 3 rounds of the Awards.
The 2021 edition is the 4th in the series.

In the 4th EAPA we are Recognizing, highlighting and celebrating the best practices and creativity in the philanthropy sector in East Africa. In the wake of the changing climate of the philanthropy sector, where significant shifts in how the “business” of philanthropy is conducted, this year’s award seeks to Celebrate, Showcase and Amplify emerging and sustained good practice in promoting African philanthropy. Keeping in mind that pivots, innovations, and creativity that was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, we aim to take stock and recognize the positive efforts the sector has made to ensure communities in the East African region, endure and even prosper in the face of the unforeseen adverse effects the global pandemic has had on them.
12.05pm - 12:10pmEntertainmentKayamba Muzik Band
12:10pm - 12:15 pmIntroductory SpeechNicanor Sabula
Managing Director- AFAMACO
Jury Chairperson
12:15pm - 12:30pmContext SettingEvans Okinyi,
East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN)
12:30pm – 12:40pmKeynote addressDr. Vijoo Rattansi
Chancellor University of Nairobi &
Chair -Rattansi Educational Trust
12:40pm – 13.10pmAwarding SessionChilande Kuloba -Waria
Founder and MD Warande Advisory Centre
13:10pm -13:20pmClosing RemarksAnthony Igecha
Vice Chair – East Africa Philanthropy Network

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