Event Agenda


24th September 2019

14.00-17.00: Master- Class: By Invite Only

Identifying Your Philanthropy Framework: A Tool for Enhancing Impact

Philanthropy, like all other sectors, is undergoing a profound transformation and is faced with growing demands and shifting views on the value and obligations of donors. This session will expose Philanthropic leaders to a tool that will answer how their organizations can help drive impact beyond simply providing funding. This is in response to the global and local quest from organizations seeking new tools for optimizing their effectiveness and aligning resources to deliver on their mission, strategy, and goals


2019 Conference Registration – ongoing


2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) EAPN Members’ Only


EAPN Conference Opening cocktail


25th September 2019

08.00 – 08.30


08.30 – 08.45

Welcome Note

08.45 – 09.00

Key Note Address: Opportunities in Emerging Trends and Practices in philanthropy

The conference theme seeks to provide a platform for diversity in topics, exploring emerging trends and innovation, conceptual frameworks on practices policy and experience sharing on lessons learnt and best practices. It seeks to capture dynamics in difference in the East African countries and issues at the global level. The session will be an inspiring overview of how the Philanthropy sector can leverage on the opportunities within the region and beyond by following closely on the emerging trends and practices.

09.00 – 09.45

Philanthropy Trends: Exploring the Data

Philanthropy continues to be a key component in the development ecosystem. There is a growing demand for philanthropy to demonstrate its contribution to the development agenda. This session shares analysis on the trends in philanthropy, giving the perspective of the sector’s investment in the development agenda. It gives a highlight of the potential that exists within the philanthropy field to further impact the development agenda.

09.45 – 10.30

The Future of Philanthropy; Global and Local Shifts in Practice

The trends and practices of individual and institutionalized philanthropy are changing as a result of both local and global social-economic dynamics. Some of the factors influencing these changes include innovations in technology, changes in the legal operating environment, global influence on giving cultures, declining foreign funding, new wealth creation, and evolving social identities.  This session seeks to share how these global shifts are influencing or affecting philanthropy flows to the region.

10.30 – 11.00

Health Break

11.00 – 11.45

Community Driven Philanthropy: Strategic Opportunities for Positioning Private Funding Directly at Community Level

The session provides practical ways on how local foundations are achieving more by empowering communities as decision-makers and co-investors in their development work. It demonstrates strategies that various foundations can adapt to redesign their approaches to connect and partner with communities; and the benefits that arise from these approaches.

12.00 – 13.00

Powering our Communities: Break Out Sessions


Session 1:

Organizational Strengthening in Grant Making

This participatory workshop invites participants to bring to the table their experiences with capacity building of grantee organizations. The ultimate goal is to build consensus around standards for the strengthening of civil society organizations and to create a forum for continued discussion and sector-wide consensus building.


Session 2:

Re-positioning the Community Foundation:  The Southern African journey

The session invites participants to take a journey to the Southern African movement of community foundations. The movement seeks to reposition community foundations as the local institutional forms through which communities can regain the power to participate and drive their own development as well as contribute financial and non-financial assets towards achieving their own success and growth.


Session 3:

Inclusive philanthropy: opportunity for innovating in disability support 

This inspiring session brings to the fore strategies for enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the development field. It shares ways in which philanthropy is empowering and stimulating engagement with Persons Living with Disability. It seeks to underscore the most pressing challenges facing people living with disabilities within the East Africa region.  The speakers will explore approaches that philanthropy funders could intervene to address the inequality gaps while underscoring the potential funding & partnership opportunities in supporting persons living with disabilities at national and regional levels.

13.00 – 14.00  

Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.30

Bridging the trusts gap: philanthropy’s response to demands for transparency and accountability

This session shares on the emerging issues for philanthropy to consider in promoting accountability in the development sector. It highlights the observed trends that call for a collective response from the philanthropy sector to curb corrupt practices in the region, and build partnerships with community as an ally in building transparency and accountability.

15.30– 16.00

Corporate – Community Engagements; on diversity and inclusion

This session seeks to demonstrate how private philanthropy is enhancing inclusivity in development. Panelists will share their experience in corporate-community engagement that will inspire and challenge other philanthropy actors, to advance this forms of partnership for local ownership. This session is a pre casa to the visit to Shanga.

16.00 – 18.30

Visit to the Shanga

19.00 – 21.00  


Nurturing emerging leaders in philanthropy at the institutional and sector level

An interactive session that promotes the candid conversation on transition and succession management in the philanthropy sector, to ensure that the philanthropy movement remains robust and vibrant. It explores issues on mentorship of emerging leaders, capacities of incoming leaders, knowledge transfer and the management of knowledge, but to name a few.




26th September 2019

08.30 – 08.45


08.45 – 09.00

Philanthropy and Business: Blurring lines

This talk will focus on the landscape of impact investment drawing from global and local trends/practices and highlight key issues around impact investment including key actors, policy, adaptability, and opportunity.

09.00 – 10.00

Evolving Ecosystem of Impact Investment in East Africa

The panel discussion will explore and examine various ways organizations in the region are adapting the approach, emerging issues, challenges, and opportunities. The discussion will also highlight 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 adapted in East Africa. This will also map the opportunities that exist for organizations in the room. A case study focusing on practical knowledge and experiences of the concepts’ applicability, successes, challenges, and opportunity in the philanthropy sector.

10.00 – 10.30

Health Break

10.30 – 12:00

Advancing Innovative Philanthropy Practices – Breakout Sessions


Session 1:

Cultivating individual giving through corporate engagements; reflections

The session explores ways in which corporate giving continues to provide an enabling environment for individual giving; speakers will share their experiences and highlight the opportunities to further strengthen the culture of individual giving within the corporate space.


Session 2:

Communicating impact – one story at a time!

This session will seek to explore the power of storytelling in raising awareness and resources while exploring ways foundations are investing in strategic storytelling to support their community partners. Outline practical technics foundations can integrate to develop a storytelling culture and highlight relevant principles and ethics for non-profit storytelling.



Education beyond bursaries

This session will seek to Co-create a vision for what we want education to look like in East Africa, by exploring the successes and the constraints of bursaries in achieving this vision while looking into alternatives to bursaries in reimagining education and lead into outlining next steps for participants in continuing this work. This will be achieved through a highly interactive and participatory co-creation session. We model the pedagogy we wish to see in the region and by extension the entire globe.

12.00 – 13.30

Mapping the Critical Changes in Legal and Policy Environment for philanthropy in East Africa

A conducive legal and policy environment is vital to support the establishment and operations of philanthropic institutions, resource mobilization, taxation, financial systems, accountability, and transparency. The various East African countries have different legal/policy frameworks and operating context with regards to philanthropy. This session will seek to Increase understanding of legal and policy frameworks on philanthropy and cross-border practices. Promote collaborations for cross broader philanthropic practices and actions and share best practices on policies and philanthropic frameworks across the region.

13.30 – 14.30

Lunch Break

14.30 – 15.15

New practical Tools to Access the Legal Environment

This Session will present a specialized tool designed to help philanthropy organizations decide where it may be most effective to engage in efforts to improve the legal environment in which they operate.   It aims to help organizations to think critically about a variety of relevant factors and weigh different considerations. While there is no magical formula for determining whether engagement on a given issue will be worthwhile, this tool seeks to lay out the most important considerations and guide organizations to analyze them both individually and in relation with each other.

15.15 – 16.15

Philanthropy Kamukunji (Table Talks) – Tech for Philanthropy

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. This session presents a marketplace of some of the available tech innovations that are available for use by Foundations and Non-profits within their operations.

K1        TechSoup

K2       #GivingTuesday

K3       EA Philanthropy Data Portal

K4       Multi-Tenant Platform (API), from 2020 Philanthropic



Concluding session: Leading together: what’s next?

The session brings together a culmination of the discussions of the conference and establishes key actions that can be undertaken both corporately and amongst the individual organizations. It is the call to action towards philanthropy integrating practices and trends that will see the sector thrive.




27th September 2019

8:00 – 17:00

Excursion at the Ngorogoro Crater



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