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2016 Retreat Session Descriptions

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Opening Dinner – Conversation: Challenges Facing African Communities: Implications for Funders: 
A conversation with Guest Speaker Professor Adam Habib on the challenges facing African communities and advice for funders hoping to make a difference through their philanthropy.

Introduction:  William “Bill” Moses, Managing Director, Education, Kresge Foundation
Moderator: Vuyiswa  Sidzumo, Chair, AGAG Steering Committee; Director, South Africa Office, C, S. Mott Foundation – Johannesburg
Speaker: Professor Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Opening Plenary: Talking Stick: Listening
This session presents two insider views about the challenges funders and NGOs face in navigating the philanthropy space.

Learn to Shut up and Listen: Philanthropy, Power and Partnership
In this talk Naylor expands on her article, We Need to Talk About the P Word, and explores the failures, lessons and adaptations of the Ford Foundation to strategy shifts, restructuring and being a U.S. foundation operating in South Africa.

Moderator: Hafeeza E. Rashed, Senior Advisor, King Baudouin Foundation US

Presenter: Nicolette Naylor, Representative for Southern Africa, Ford Foundation

Face the Truth: The Challenges of Building Locally Led NGOs
The director of a West African NGO details the challenges of building a locally led movement and provides an insider’s analysis of the extent to which insularity in philanthropy can hobble a non-profit managed by the very people it seeks to equip.

Presenter: Saran Kaba Jones, Founder, Face Africa

Protests and Social Change: Grantmaking in Rapidly Changing Landscapes
Protests and social movements across the continent are expressing the frustrations of communities and putting institutions at all levels​ ​on notice that change must happen. ​This session examines three social movements in Africa: #FeesMustFall in South Africa (2015), the Peace Protests in Mozambique (2013) and the Walk to Work protests in Uganda (2011). Questions to be explored will include how well grantmakers are listening to diverse voices and ​what grantmakers ​need to​ understand about ​the changing role of philanthropy during times of rapid political and social change. Interviews conducted with #Feesmustfall protesters will be shown.

Moderator: Vuyiswa Sidzumo, Director South Africa Office, C. S. Mott Foundation
Zachariah Mampilly, Director of Africana Studies, Vassar College
Nyeleti Honwana, Program Officer, H.F. Guggenheim Foundation

What I Hear: News, Views and Advocacy Journalism
Sahara Reporters is a news website of international journalists, social advocates and ordinary people committed to seeking the truth and publishing it without fear or favor. In this session the founder of Sahara Reporters will share his views from a Nigerian – American perspective on the challenges facing African communities and why the western media usually gets it all wrong. 

Omoyele Sowore, Founder, Sahara Reporters

Talking Stick: Learning: Case Study Presentations (Concurrent Sessions)
Three case studies will present different funding strategies followed by discussions about how they resonate with practical experiences and how the principles can apply to similar scenarios.

Case Study 1 – Stronger Together: Lessons Learned from Grantee-Peer Mentorship
This case study examines a peer mentorship initiative to strengthen community-based organizations. This initiative paired grantees selected for complementary programming expertise, strengths, interests and needs and what was learned about its effectiveness. 

Presenter: Leah Teklemariam, Director of Programs, Stephen Lewis Foundation

Case Study 2  – Investment Framework for Burundi
This case study examines the challenges faced by a foundation in continuing to fund during a political crisis, and the process used to develop a strategy for post-conflict funding when support is needed the most. 

Presenter: Katie Bunten-Wren, Director of Partnerships, Segal Family Foundation

Case Study 3 – Beyond Fundraising: Learning from the Resource Mobilization for Research Program
This case study examines how institutional assessments, grants, coaching and workshops helped two cohorts of research organizations to address sustainability challenges. 

Presenter: Nicole Genereux, Senior Partnership officer, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), (Canada)

Meeting Today’s Needs and Building for the Future: Key Issues in Education & Training
This session will examine three different approaches to funding education in Africa: supporting short-term visits for individual scholars, funding research and supporting institutions. Panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities that each strategy presents. 

Moderator: Karen Colvard, Program Director, H. F. Guggenheim Foundation,
Kelly Askew, Director, African Studies Center, University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor
Dr. Leonard Wantchekon, Professor of Politics, Princeton University; Founder, Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE) and Founder, Africa School of Economics (ASE), Benin
Faith Umoh, Graduate Student, Boston University

Funding for Civil Society in Africa: What is the role of Philanthropy?
This session will discuss trends in funding to civil society organizations in Africa and how understanding data in context is important to philanthropy’s role as a credible partner in addressing development challenges in Africa.  Highlights from the U. S. Foundation Funding for Africa report will be presented and ODA funding flows to southern Africa will be discussed.

Moderator: Andrea Johnson, Program Officer, Carnegie Corporation
Panel: Larry McGill, Vice President for Research, Foundation Center
Bhekinkosi Moyo, Executive Director, Southern Africa Trust
Tendai Murisa, Executive Director, TrustAfrica

Migration: Identity, Place and Choice: Implications for Funders
This session will examine issues facing migrant and refugee communities, with a focus on access to rights and what funders should understand about refugee and migration issues even when humanitarian support is not a part of their program focus.

Moderator: Dedo N. Baranshamaje, Director of Special Projects, Segal Family Foundation 
Panelists: Emily Arnold-Fernandez, Esq., Executive Director, Asylum Access
Daniel Muhwezi,  Co-founder, Secretary General & Chief Financial Officer,  CIYOTA 
Shira Gitomer, Global Health Program Director, Geneva Global

Key Issues in Health Care in Africa: Management and Leadership Development
The Management Development Institute (MDI) program is a partnership among Johnson & Johnson and Amref Health Africa, the University of Cape Town and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). MDI  provides leadership and management training to enhance health care quality for organizations in sub-Sahara Africa. During this session the founder and director of a Kenya-based health care organization will share how her organization is addressing the health care needs in her community and why good management skills are important to the health care industry in Africa.  The challenges of managing a complex collaboration and measuring the impact of this program will also be discussed.

Moderator:  Michael Bzdak, Executive Director, Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson;
Jane Wathome, Founder & Executive Director, Beacon of Hope (Kenya)
Rene Kiamba, Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Johnson & Johnson Family Companies Contribution Fund
Robert Kelty, Executive Director, Amref Health Africa, US

The Role of Africa Philanthropy Networks
Philanthropy networks based inside and outside Africa play an important role as a resource for funders in areas ranging from knowledge production to professional development and networking. During this session, three leaders of philanthropy networks focusing on Africa will discuss the dynamics, challenges and opportunities faced by their respective networks.  This session will also discuss opportunities and strategies for building stronger ties between Africa philanthropy support organizations and their respective members.

Moderator: Yvonne Moore, Principal Advisor, Moore Philanthropy
Niamani Mutima, Executive Director, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group
Karen Sai, Executive Director, African Philanthropy Network (South Africa)
Evans O. Okinyi, Acting Chief Executive Officer, East Africa Association of Grantmakers (Kenya)

Closing Plenary: Taking Action

In this closing session Olivia Byanyima shares the story of Olivia-Knox, Inc, a company working at the intersections of culture, sustainability and manufacturing that is creating new markets for Ankole horn, improving the economic value of this culturally significant breed and providing incentive for Ugandan ranchers to continue their ancient practice of raising the Ankole. She poses important questions for funders to consider and urges them to take action in supporting the momentum of the new generation in African communities that are breaking stereotypes with innovation, creativity and confidence. 

Moderator: Gladys Ndgire, Founder, Go Make Good
Speaker: Olivia Byanyima, Co-Founder, Olivia Knox, Inc.