Theme: Enabling Environment
Philanthropy plays a visible role in supporting sustainable development; it is imperative to focus on the conditions where philanthropy can thrive and address the barriers that constrain its growth. An enabling environment for philanthropy creates, recreates, facilitates and promotes collaboration, flow of energy between people and organisations while building trust. This trust and the highlighted values lay the foundation for constructing norms, legal standards, the development of governance – institutional and administrative frameworks that guide and regulate the environment for philanthropy. This theme focuses on cultural and socio-political practices, legal and legislative policies, regulatory quality, economic freedoms, legacies and strong infrastructure that can potentially motivate philanthropic behaviours and further the development of philanthropy.
Description of Plenary Session
Plenary discussions will speak on the theme of the day – Enabling Environment. This thought provoking session “Building our muscle, collaboration in growing philanthropy – The emerging role of associations in informing standards and frameworks for philanthropy growth in Africa,” will focus on:
- The essence of Movement building that informs the growth of the philanthropy ecosystem.
- 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
Completing the Circuit; Strengthening feedback mechanisms between civil society and funders towards building an enabling environment for philanthropy
The session will highlight practices that enable a feedback loop between funders and civil society organisations in Kenya. Lessons will be shared from both the funders and civil society organisations on ways to listen to each other and create an environment where feedback is allowed, well received and actioned.
Re-imagining philanthropy in the era of technology
Influence of technology in the non-profit sector is apparent, especially in the era of COVID 19 pandemic. It is evidenced by the increased online giving platforms, increased accountability and greater awareness of philanthropy impact. This session therefore is a call for philanthropy organisations to embrace technology to continually innovate around grant making and documenting philanthropy, as a way of increasing visibility while leveraging on the increased technology accessibility in the region. Data management will therefore be a critical component for philanthropy to thrive.
Law and Philanthropy: Sustainable Development from the Ground Up
The session highlights the need to establish strategic multisector partnerships at grass root and national levels; through learning on philanthropic legal, policy and regulatory framework that support community philanthropy and best practices for community engagement. The session aims at encouraging non-profits to use their social capital to transform their engagements with communities; and in turn establish their resilience in development.
East Africa Philanthropy Awards
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 have 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. Cognisant 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 of the global pandemic
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