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Call for Research Abstracts: African Philanthropy Academic Conference


Call for Abstracts

We invite researchers and academics to submit abstracts and research papers to be considered for the inaugural African Philanthropy Academic Conference. Outstanding papers will be considered for publication in the International Review of Philanthropy and Social Investment Journal.


Since our inception in 2018, we at the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) have witnessed significant successes in convening discussions and supporting research on philanthropy infrastructure and social investment in Africa. 

In this time we have hosted two international conferences on Philanthropy in Africa, commissioned research on community philanthropy, foundations, and high net worth individuals across Africa, just to mention a few. In addition, CAPSI has successfully conducted graduate-level courses which have resulted in graduating a few Ph.D. students who in turn have furthered and expanded the knowledge frontier on philanthropy in the continent. Given these achievements and endeavours, there is a renewed realisation that more rigorous and academically embedded discussions around the discovered knowledge need to happen in structured and strategic ways.

The African Philanthropy Academic Conference will focus on emerging trends in philanthropy, how stakeholders can navigate the new terrain, while informing policy for better practice in Africa. The conference will take place as a pre-cursor to the 3rd Annual Philanthropy Conference.

About the Academic Conference

  • The conference will be held on Tuesday 2 August 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • The conference is a hybrid event offering both onsite and virtual participation

Thematic areas

Abstracts covering any of the following thematic areas will be considered:

  1. Contributions of CSOs/NGOs and Social Enterprises to African Economies
  2. Corporate Social Investment and the future of the continent
  3. Community Gifting/Philanthropy – forms, shapes, and trends in community giving and their contribution to development in Africa
  4. The role of philanthropy in climate change mitigation and adaptability
  5. Sustainable Finance and Investment
  6. Emerging trends in giving and philanthropy
  7. Social media and philanthropy in Africa
  8. SDGs, philanthropy, and Social Investment
  9. Technology, cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and philanthropy
  10. Role of philanthropy in disaster management
  11. Philanthropy and Systems Change
  12. Women, youth, and philanthropy
  13. Decolonizing philanthropy
  14. Religion and philanthropy
  15. Public policy and philanthropy

Important dates

Abstract Submission – Friday, 15 July 2022

Notification of Acceptance – Friday, 15 July 2022

Conference Registration Deadline – Friday, 22 July 2022

Submission information

  • Applicants should submit an abstract of 250 words in a Word document format
  • We welcome abstracts in English and other African languages
  • Submitted Abstracts must contain the following
    • Full title
    • Names of all the authors
    • affiliations of each author
    • abstract of the paper
    • 3 – 6 keywords of the paper
    • Acknowledgements or disclosure notices (if any)
  • A maximum of two submissions will be considered per author
  • Only the abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings
  • The registration fees are $300 for academics and $150 for graduate students. Proof of student registration is required
  • Registration will be complimentary on all submissions for the inaugural Conference in 2022 

Conference Coordinator

Wycliffe Nduga Ouma 


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