Three philanthropic organizations partner to hold durable development conference in Nairobi


Sarah Sabatke


The Kenya Community Development Foundation’s (KCDF) 20th anniversary conference will be held on 22-23 June at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, focusing on the theme of ‘Durable Development: Shifting the Power – Building Community Resilience.’ The event is being held in partnership with the Africa Philanthropy Network (APN) and the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF).

This partnership is one of many collaborations taking place throughout Africa as its philanthropic sector continues to expand. The Wits Business School (WBS) in South Africa and the Southern Africa Trust worked together to establish a Chair in African Philanthropy in an effort to ‘take forward the study of gifting in Africa,’ according to its website. The full profile of the Chair, including postgraduate research and executive education programme content, will be implemented in 2017.

Nairobi will also host the WINGSForum in 2020, an event which joins together a diverse group of leaders in philanthropy and philanthropic support organizations to share information and work to advance global philanthropy. Nairobi was chosen to host the forum after a successful proposal by the APN.

This month’s conference in Kenya on 22-23 June will begin with opening remarks by Maurice Makoloo, the east African regional representative for the Ford Foundation. The two-day event aims to ‘bring together a rich and diverse group of practitioners … to deliberate and foster conversations on people-led durable approaches to development,’ according to the KCDF website.

Sarah Sabatke is a student at the University of Missouri, and is an editorial intern with Alliance.

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