South Africa’s economic heartland Johannesburg, or Jozi as it is fondly known by locals, will be in celebratory mood when it hosts the 2012 African Grantmakers Network (AGN) Assembly at the end of October.
The assembly is the second of its kind in the short life of the AGN. Driven by the vision of organizations like TrustAfrica, the African Women’s Development Fund and the Kenya Community Development Foundation, the AGN was launched in Accra, Ghana, in July 2009. Its current steering committee now also includes Akiba Uhaki, the Foundation for Civil Society and the Southern Africa Trust.
The 2012 event follows the highly successful inaugural assembly held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2010. Under the banner of ‘What’s New, What’s Now, What’s Next? Growing African Philanthropy’, the 2012 assembly is expected to bring together over 400 delegates from Africa and beyond – grantmakers, social investors and delegates from the social, private and public sectors – providing a unique opportunity for engagement across a broad spectrum of social issues and actors.
The assembly will scan the diverse terrain of philanthropy in Africa to identify new trends, showcase emerging practices and exciting innovations, and craft a shared agenda to build the field. Tough issues like poverty, inequality and social exclusion will be examined frankly to frame a practice of philanthropy that can rise to the challenge of creating systemic change for social justice in Africa.
The Southern Africa Trust, together with an organizing committee made up of organizations in the region, is hosting the assembly on behalf of the AGN. The invitation to register for the assembly will be published soon.