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Africa's people share deep-rooted values of social solidarity, human dignity, and inter-personal connectedness. This corresponds to the Western notion of philanthropy -- the desire to promote the well-being of others or, put simply, 'to love people'. But in the past, we have had philanthropy done to us as Africans with little recognition that there is a vast field of philanthropic practice alive and active in Africa. This report was produced for the African Grantmakers Network (AGN) by Dalberg Research and Dalberg Global Development Advisors. The production of the report was managed by the Southern Africa Trust.
The African Grantmakers Network (AGN) convened its 2012 biennial assembly in Johannesburg, South Africa, between 30th October and 1st November, 2012.The assembly brought together over 300 participants and 75 speakers, 54% of whom were women and 46% men, from more than 25 countries in 30 structured conversations and countless informal ones to discuss Growing African Philanthropy: What's New, What's Now, What's Next?In addition, 344 people followed the AGN assembly conversations through live streaming from 29 different countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.This document presents the key strands of the conversations that took place at the assembly -- as well as some of the milestones in the growth of AGN that occurred during the assembly.We present this document as a thought leadership resource for the development of philanthropy in Africa. We hope this "shared thinking" way of presenting what emerged during the discussions will help to construct a valuable African narrative of philanthropy that is shared across an emerging community of practice. And we hope that it will help to point the practice of African philanthropy in a good direction.
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