Reflecting on the launch of the International Review of Philanthropy and Social Investment Journal

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Reflecting on the launch of the International Review of Philanthropy and Social Investment Journal


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The Centre of African Philanthropy and Social Investment launched the International Review of Philanthropy and Social Investment Journal on the 1 September 2020. This is a first-of-its-kind publication which is aimed at academic and research communities, exploring the emergent and developing field of philanthropy and social investment in Africa and beyond. While the journal is based in Africa and written primarily by Africans, it offers a global remit responding to the growing demand for both academic and practice-related articles on the varieties and scales of philanthropy and social investment. The editorial team and advisory board of the journal consist of a world-class academics from institutions in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australasia and North America, who poured their decades of knowledge into pioneering this body of work.


To commemorate the launch, CAPSI hosted an engaging conversation with academics and practitioners in the field of philanthropy, including a keynote address by Tsitsi Masiyiwa and addresses by Imhotep Aladigede, Jacob Mati, Gill Bates and Masego Madzwamuse. Since the launch, we received numerous requests for discussions into the articles and field notes which allowed for deep-dive style discussions between authors and a wider audience.  Thus, the International Review of Philanthropy and Social Investment Journal Webinar Series came to life, facilitated with a registered audience while being streamed lived to our Facebook page. The webinar series launched on the 26 October 2020 and is set to continue into the new year.


Series editions

The first edition of the series hosted 3 of the journal authors with Carol Paton, discussing her field note titled “Corona, the butterfly that flapped its wings”, Wycliffe Ouma on unpacking the journal article titled “Corporate philanthropy and firm value in Africa” and Chengete Chakamera sharing his findings from his article “Analysis of corporate social responsibility of the African ‘internationalises’ versus non-African founded MNCs”.

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The second edition of the series took place on 9 November with an in-depth look at Jacob Mati’s article titled “Gifting and philanthropy environment in contemporary Kenya”. Also hosted on the edition was OSISA Executive Director Siphosami Malunga who discussed his field note titled “Defending open societies in the context of COVID-19”.

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The final edition for 2020 took place on 23 November hosting two co-authored articles. Marlene Ogawa and Jamie Webb discussed their field note titled “Synergos: philanthropy’s bridging role in the Covid-19 pandemic in Africa“; while  Muazu Ibrahim unpacked the findings of his research article co-authored with Imphotep Alagidede, titled  “NGOs activities and local government spending in Upper West region of Ghana“.

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Since the launch of the journal, we have been overwhelmed by the positive responses received. To date, the journal has been viewed and downloaded over 3 500 times with both research articles and field notes being accessed since September. As the first publication with a niche global population demand, this is a very positive encouragement that shows that there can only be greater research and insights to come with the pursuit of future editions.

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Established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Corporation of New York is one of America’s oldest grantmaking foundations and promotes the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.

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.