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We hit 2022 with the treadmill in full motion, but fortunately with much of the groundwork laid at the end of last year. With the middle of the year well in sight, we’ve curated this edition of the Newsletter to reflect on some of the work completed in recent months, as well as give you a teaser of what you can look forward to learning, supporting and contributing towards in the coming months.

As we join the continent in celebrating May as Africa Month, we leave you with a quote by Julius Nyerere that we believe is befitting of ours and many other stories around us.

"When we were at school, we were taught to sing the songs of the Europeans. How many of us were taught the songs of the Wanyamwezi or of the Wahehe? Many of us have learnt to dance the rumba, or the cha cha, to rock and roll and to twist and even to dance the waltz and foxtrot. But how many of us can dance, or have even heard of the gombe sugu, the mangala, nyang umumi, kiduo, or lele mama?"

Yours in giving
CAPSI Communications
CAPSI newsletter - Letter from Director
"CAPSI started the year with some exuberance, declaring 2022 our publications year. Over the last four years, we have been conducting research across the continent, focusing on different research areas. The first quarter of the year has gone by very fast. In just two months’ time, we will be halfway through the year, yet a lot still remains to be done.

I invite you to enjoy reading this edition of the Newsletter."
Update on Partnerships
Since our inception in 2018, we have grown tremendously thanks to the partnerships that have provided us with access to communities, opportunities and support to further our work. These have been and will continue to be an instrumental part of how the Centre operates.
Building forward on successful previous grants, we are delighted to share that the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) recently renewed its financial support towards our efforts to enable research on African philanthropy by early-career African scholars, by providing a grant amounting to $200 000. Set for the implementation until February 2024, this funding will enable the work directed towards attracting and supporting fellows in African Philanthropy.
We are grateful to CCNY for their continued support of growing the body of work around African Philanthropy.
Aspire Higher
What started as a co-created idea has become an example of how partnerships with a purpose can provide a gateway to shift the trajectory of a community’s future.

The Aspire Higher Project aims to fulfil a vision of girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa to have access to engaging sexual health education through innovation and ideation that delivers a combination of HIV prevention as well as sexual and reproductive health services.
The Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge and CAPSI announced a landmark collaborative partnership to further understand the impact of philanthropy across African communities, private sector organisations, foundations and key individuals.

This collaboration will better disseminate research and activities that develop models and tools appropriate to African realities and capitalise on these opportunities to firm the role and impact of various giving mechanisms and institutions.
Meet the CAPSI team members
We are delighted to welcome and work with world-class practitioners in our organisation. As you are introduced to members of our team, we invite you to engage with colleagues through their respective bodies of work and their social media platforms.

Jacob Mati joins as Deputy Director

Staff member - Jacob Mati
Professor Jacob Mati is the newest addition to our bustling team of researchers and lecturers.

He joins the Centre as Deputy Director, bringing his vast experience gained from consulting and academic institutions to our team.

Meet our Postdoctoral Fellows

We launched our postdoctoral programme with the aim of growing the body of research on philanthropy and social investment in Africa. We are delighted to introduce two of our Postdoctoral Fellows, Melody Mandevere and Roselyne Cheruiyot.

Meet members of our Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board provides strategic advice to our leadership team and supports the visionary growth of the Centre. Members of the Advisory Board emanate from organisations across the world who are leaders in their fields of expertise. We recently interviewed three members of our Advisory Board, Mohamadou Sy, Bongiwe Mlangeni and Ebrima Sall.
The last few months have been an exciting period of academic growth for the Centre. In the next edition of the newsletter, we will introduce you to our community of lecturers who have engaged with students on the Masterclasses, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Programmes, as they undertook their professional growth journeys.
Case Studies at CAPSI
Case studies offer a two-fold benefit. Firstly. they are highly effective teaching tools, enabling students to put themselves in the shoes of a real person in a real organisation and think about how to address real-world challenges. In so doing, students learn more than just the theoretical concepts themselves, but also how to think about, critique and apply them.

The cases that the Wits Business School’s Case Centre has written with CAPSI over the past two years have achieved just that and it has been such a pleasure to be part of this project. We invite you to view our available case studies and download abstracts of these.
Academic Developments at CAPSI

Our Postgraduate Academic Programmes

We look forward to welcoming our cohort of new students who start their programmes in the month of June and July. Our Postgraduate Diploma in Resource Mobilisation and Social Investment has been well received since its launch last year, with the second group of students set to begin their programme in June. The first cohort of Masters in African Philanthropy students will be welcomed at an opening day that will take place virtually.

Our programmes are fully accredited and are recognised postgraduate qualifications, which will add to your academic journey. We offer customised learning offerings that are tailored to cater to the needs of organisations that seek to empower their team members with knowledge on African Philanthropy.

Should you wish to learn more about our customised offerings or have an enquiry about our open academic programmes, please reach out to Jacob Mati.

Return of Online Masterclasses

The Centre has embraced the world of virtual learning through the fully online Masterclass series, which was launched in 2020 and will continue this year. Practitioners with an interest in topics such as resource mobilisation, fundraising and community foundations can join us for six 2-day classes where they can look forward to learning in a community of similar-minded learners.

The Masterclasses are offered through Wits Enterprise and students will receive a certificate of completion for each masterclass completed. Should you wish to learn more about our Masterclasses, please reach out to Keratiloe Mogotsi.
Publications at CAPSI
The International Review of Philanthropy and Social Investment is an interdisciplinary international journal for research on philanthropy and social investment.
IRPSI Volume 2
Following the positive reception to the first volume of the journal, CAPSI is delighted to launch the second volume of the journal. In an effort to broaden the content published in the journal, we invite you to submit your field notes and academic articles to be considered for publication in the journal.

If you are a researcher, practitioner or teacher in the field of African Philanthropy, we invite you to submit an article or field note for this second volume of our Journal.
This Research Article Series is a newly launched series of peer-reviewed research articles that are published independently by CAPSI as part of the efforts to increase our scholarly research outputs. We invite you to read the latest additions to the series and look out for upcoming new additions in the coming weeks.
"Organized Private Sector Charitable Giving: Reflections and Lessons from the Coalition Against COVID-19 Initiative in Nigeria"

Authored by Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima and Chimaraoke Otutubikey Izugbara
"Private Philanthropic Cross-Border Flows And Sustainable Development In Africa"

Authored by Asabea Shirely Ahwireng-Obeng and Frederick Ahwireng-Obeng
"Landscape Analysis Of Social Investment In East Africa"

Authored by Roland Mwesigwa Banya
Kisima African Giving Platform
Since its launch, the Kisima African Giving Platform has promoted stories and the impact of giving from across the continent. In an extension of our mission, we hosted the first in a series of Kisima Quarterly Dialogues where we engaged with the stories of giving and the people behind them, as well as shared platform updates that will enhance our collective efforts towards giving. The keynote address of the recent edition of the Kisima Quarterly Dialogues was Wits University Chancellor, Dr Judy Dlamini.
Dr Judy Dlamini speaks as Kisima Dialogues
As the narrative of African Giving continues to be reframed through storytelling, we invite you to submit your stories of giving and engage with the many stories that have been shared so far.

To submit your story, visit the webpage, complete your details and upload a video or write up of the story you'd like to share.

Should you wish to learn more about the Kisima African Giving Platform, please reach out to Mapaseka Mokwele.
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