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5th African Philanthropy Conference to Explore the Next Frontiers

The 5th African Philanthropy Conference (5th APC) will take place from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August 2024 at Elephant Hills Resort in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, with activities also hosted in Livingstone in Zambia. This year’s convening will be hosted under the theme “The Next Frontiers of African Philanthropy”, marking a pivotal opportunity to assess and shape the continent’s philanthropic landscape. 

Delegates of the conference will enjoy a programme that includes sessions on timely subthemes such as Restitution of African Cultural Heritage & Reparations, Climate Justice, Just Transitions & Green Resourcing, Social Justice & Peacebuilding, and Feminist Philanthropy to guide their participation through panel discussions, workshops and community outreach. 

The annual conference is an important gathering for individuals and organisations who are committed to advancing development in Africa through philanthropic efforts, including  academia, donors, non-profit organisations, government agencies, corporate entities, media, and other stakeholders.

“The African Philanthropy Conference represents a collective response to the dynamic changes reshaping African philanthropy,” said Prof. Bhekinkosi Moyo, the Director of the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) at Wits Business School and the Chair of the Conference Secretariat. “We look forward to welcoming thought leaders, practitioners, academics, and advocates to explore the new terrains of the sector and chart a course for impactful action that benefits all stakeholders on the continent.”

The conference was conceptualised in 2017 in response to a need for a pan-African space to promote philanthropy on the continent and set agendas for future interventions individually and collectively. 

The 5th APC will also include an academic conference that offers a platform for the presentation of academic research and dialogue facilitating feedback and learning. The Lifetime Achievement Award will honour an individual whose work has made significant contributions to philanthropy, previous honourees are H.E. Graça Machel, Akwasi Aidoo and Gerry Salole. The convening will also host an exhibition which will showcase projects and initiatives that are driving social change.

Tickets for the conference are currently available at an early bird registration fee of $300 until 31 May 2024, thereafter available at $500.