African Philanthropy Conference 2021

About the Conference

This is the second African Philanthropy Conference held under the banner of The Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) in collaboration with the Africa Philanthropy Forum (APF), African Philanthropy Network (APN), East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN), Southern Africa Trust, Harvard Center for African Studies and TrustAfrica. The first conference took place in 2019 and was a success leading to partners agreeing to hold one every year. The COVID-19 pandemic however happened and all plans for 2020 were aborted. The world has changed since March 2020. Life, as we know it, has changed; work models have shifted; economies have shrunk, and livelihoods have been severely affected. The devastation by the pandemic is immeasurable, yet amid this, the world of philanthropy has also witnessed huge amounts of giving in-kind and cash. Communities, individuals, corporates and various forms of philanthropic organizations have all responded to the pandemic and addressed the negative effects of COVID-19.

The Conference is an opportunity for everyone involved to celebrate African philanthropy and the many stories of resilience; showcase various innovations and creative responses; assess the impact and begin to make sense of the world with and beyond COVID-19. There are three main themes that the Conference will unpack in seeking to understand philanthropy in the context of the pandemic. The first is ‘Celebrating African Philanthropy’. The second is a focus on ‘Systems change, Virtual platforms and Technology’. The third relates to ‘Uniting Africa’. All three themes are timely and relevant for the current moment but also for building forward better.

Keynote Speakers

Programme and logistics

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions, the conference will be held virtually. Participants will be able to dial in through the online platform provided. 



Thursday 5 August

It is a dream of the African Union and its founding fathers such as Kwame Nkrumah to see a united Africa with free movement of goods and people. Now more than ever, Africa is steadily making progress towards realizing this vision with the new AfCFTA agreement and active youth who are pushing this agenda. This session will deliberate on opportunities to unite the continent through the vaccine rollouts, youth engagement and identify areas where African philanthropy can play a role.


TimeTopicSpeakersRegistration Link
13h00One Africa – opportunities for uniting the continent and philanthropy Chidi Anselm Odinkalu – Open Society Justice InitiativeRegister
Keynote address and panel discussionDr John Nkengansong – African Union, Africa CDC
Moderator: Chidi Anselm Odinkalu – Open Society Justice Initiative
Ebrima Sall – TrustAfrica
Joseph Asunka – Afrobarometer
Kennedy Odede – Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)
Souad Aden Osman – Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA)
15h00Parallel session – COVID-19 Vaccine rollouts – philanthropy opportunities for unityModerator: Shabir Madhi – Vaccines & Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (Wits-VIDA)Register
As the numbers of COVID-19 cases increased speedily across Africa, the acquisition and rollout of vaccines is at a snail’s pace. Vaccinations have picked up across the continent amid apathy. What role can philanthropy play in mobilising communities to vaccinate, procure and rollout vaccines?Richard Mihigo – Immunization and Vaccine Development, WHO Africa Regional Office
Helen Rees – South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA); and Wits University RHI
Solomon Zwedu – Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
15h00Parallel session – Opportunities for youth engagement to unite the continentModerator: MacDonald Munyoro – SAYoF-SADCRegister
Crises provide opportunities to do things differently. COVID-19 is an opportunity for young people across Africa to unite in one voice and build the ‘Africa’ they want-a a continent always ready to respond to challenges, including the net potential pandemic.John Mayok – East Africa: South Sudan
Heba Assem – North Africa: Egypt
Sharon Onkoni – Central Africa – Gabon
Patience Munyenyembe – Southern Africa: Malawi
Bora Kaumba – Central Africa: DRC
16h00Closing CeremonyEmmanuel K. Akyeampong – Harvard University Center for African StudiesRegister
Performance Music: Deng Nhial Chioh
16h30Summary and key highlightsEbrima Sall – TrustAfricaRegister
Stigmata Tenga – Africa Philanthropy Network
Mosun Layode – African Philanthropy Forum
Evans Okinyi – East Africa Philanthropy Network – EAPN
Masego Madzwamuse – Southern Africa Trust
Bhekinkosi Moyo – Center on African Philanthropy and Social Investment
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Their work focuses on international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.

The corporation supports CAPSI with research and development of a new cohort of scholars.

The Charles mott foundation

An automotive pioneer, philanthropist, and leader in the community, Charles Stewart Mott cared about innovation, fairness, and communities.

By working toward a world where each individual’s quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation continues this legacy.

A founding funder of the Centre, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation supported the establishment of the Chair and continues to support our programmes.

The Ford Foundation

As an investor in transformative ideas, individuals and institutions, the Ford Foundations is one of the founding funders of CAPSI.

They have supported the planning and establishment of the centre and continue to support our programmes and operations.

Their invaluable work includes providing grants, investing in individuals through fellowships, and challenging inequalities through civic engagement, creativity, free expression and more.

The southern africa trust

Established in 2005 to respond to high levels of poverty and inequality, the Southern Africa Trust aims to increase the voices and agency of the poor.

This is in the hopes that it enables them to reach the necessary audiences and influence regional public policies as unrepresented stakeholders.

They are a founding partner of CAPSI and acted as a fiscal sponsor for Mott and Ford grants in the establishment of the Chair.

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Susan Maposa

With 22 years of professional experience in Africa and Asia, Susan Maposa has developed a wide range of skills and expertise in the fields of philanthropy and social development.

This has established her as a leader in her work with multilateral and bilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, research institutes and universities as well as consultancy firms. Her experience includes programme conceptualisation, design, management, implementation, evaluation and documentation.

She describes herself as a “pracademic”, and is passionate about working across the field of theory and development practice building one into the other. Read Susan’s complete bio and an excerpt from her research project.

Wycliffe Nduga Ouma

Wycliffe Nduga Ouma is a PhD candidate and a Research Assistant at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg.

Mr. Nduga has worked as a Research Associate with the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, a Central Bank of Kenya Research Institute mainly concerned with the Monetary Policy, Exchange Rates Movements, and Balance of Payments. He has also consulted and conducted training on Financial Markets and Investments for Organizations such as Knight Frank Commercial and Residential Properties in Kenya. He was part of the broad team that conducted research and wrote the Integrated Economic and Development Plan (Document) for Turkana County, a regional government authority in Kenya.

For the better part of 2017, Mr. Nduga consulted in the Finance and Accounts Department for the Italian Chamber of Trade and Industry, Johannesburg. Currently, alongside the PhD dissertation, Mr. Nduga assists in Teaching and Facilitation of the Financial Investments Decisions for the MBA students, Finance and Accounting, Financial Risk Management, Research on the Connection Between Finance and Corporate Philanthropy, and advising on research and classwork for MBA and Master students at the Wits Business.

He has a passion for research and consultancy in the areas of Financial Markets, Financial Risk Modelling, Investments and International Trade.

Keratiloe Mogotsi

Pan Africanist, pracademic, researcher, lean six sigma coach, project management professional and African Philanthropy Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand — Keratiloe Mogotsi does it all.

She is currently a lecturer here at the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment at the Wits Business School. Her research areas include disaster philanthropy in Africa, venture philanthropy, African philanthropy and philanthro-capitalism in Africa.

As someone who is passionate about the continent and its people, she uses her skills as an educator and coach to excel in everything that she does.

Alan Fowler

As a co-founder and long-time associate of INTRAC, Alan Fowler’s professional life has seen many changes. From being an Organisational Development Advisor, Foundation Programme Officer and Researcher, he is now an academic as he serves as an honorary professor and Chair in African Philanthropy, a role the first of its kind, at the Wits Business School. 

A career spanning some forty years devoted to civic agencies and NGOs has produced eleven books and dozens of papers about their role in international development, as well as numerous capacity building materials, conference presentations, lectures, and seminars. Combining theory and practice as a ‘pracademic’ continues as the thread in his contribution to citizen-driven social justice.

Bhekinkosi Moyo

Dr Bheki Moyo is a writer, author, researcher and thought-leader with keen interest in questions of African resources, democracy and governance.

In addition to championing the African discourse on philanthropy, he has contributed to the growth of many African civil society formations and participated in most African processes of development and governance.

Over the course of his career, he has written extensively about African philanthropy, civil society, and governance. Additionally, he has extensive experience in leadership, management, and strategic roles.

Xolani Dlamini

As an experienced Digital Publisher specialising in academic/scholarly publishing, particularly Open Access journals, Xolani Dlamini has been involved in managing and publishing various academic journals in different fields of study.

Thandi Makhubele

Thandi Makhubele, the current Programme Manager (Acting) at CAPSI, joined us from the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) where she worked for twelve years in various departments, including TV News and Current Affairs and Supply Chain and Legal services.

She holds an Honours Degree in International Relations and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Security at the Wits School of Governance with a focus on Philanthropy and Women’s development.

In addition to volunteering with Hand of Compassion, providing help to young pregnant women and displaced women, she hopes to bring her passion for human development, security, and creativity to the Centre.