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2017 Conference – Registration ends March 23rd.

 Africa Philanthropy in the 21st Century: 
Achieving Impact Through Building Community 



Join the Conversion with
Dinner Guest
Darren Walker
The Ford Foundation

Registration Closes March 23rd –  Reserve Your Space  
Explore the Agenda 
Meet our Speakers & Workshop Leaders


Each year the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG) convenes funders active in Africa. The annual meeting is part of our efforts to build a strong, informed, and connected network engaged in robust, effective, and responsive philanthropy to benefit African communities.

As the 21st century unfolds, it becomes ever more apparent that narrow perspectives, silo approaches, and unilateral actions only limit philanthropy’s potential for achieving impact.

Funders target their support to a range of sectors and issues from education, health and employment to human rights, advocacy, and social justice. But the challenges facing communities across Africa are complex, dynamic, and interconnected. They may be local in their particular context, but they are global in their implication in identifying solutions that promote sustainable growth and development.

The AGAG 2017 Conference is an opportunity for funders to reflect upon how their philanthropy fits within the broader landscape of funding directed to Africa.  It is also a call to action to build a sense of “community” among new and experienced grantmakers, to proactively explore effective strategies that leverage resources to achieve impact and to develop narratives that celebrate success, evaluate failure, and promote collective action.

Three questions will frame and connect the Conference discussions:

  • How can philanthropy play a role in the urgent and compelling challenges facing Africa in the 21st century?
  • How can funders collectively promote effective and responsive grantmaking practices?
  • How can funders build a sense of community that maximizes the impact of philanthropy to benefit African communities?

Don’t Miss: 

  • Guest Speakers with experience in a range of areas and a point of view to share
  • Three Workshops to challenge your thinking and sharpen your skills
  • Plenary Sessions that explore timely topics 
  • Informal networking with new and familiar colleagues
  • Opening Reception
  • Opening Dinner featuring Special Guest


Who Should Attend?

The AGAG conference is an event for funders only. Registration is open to staff members of grantmaking organizations and philanthropy infrastructure organizations (i.e. funder networks, affinity groups and donor advisors).  You do not have to be a member of AGAG to register, but you must be a staff member or trustee of an organization that has a primary function of making grants or providing funding to multiple organizations through a formal mechanism.  Grantmaking public charities that raise funds to make grants are eligible to attend, but registration is limited to program staff involved in making grants. Staff members whose primary function is fundraising are not eligible to attend. 

Please review our membership eligibility page for more information.

Got Questions?  Send an email to agag2017conference[at] 


See Sessions & Workshops Descriptions for more detail

  • Shifting Narratives on Africa: Media, Policy, and Philanthropy
  • An Unlikely Scenario: Achieving Impact Without Strong Community Organizations
  • Supporting Rights in Uncertain Political Environments
  • Helping Partner Organizations to Build Capacity and Thrive
  • The Role of Community Philanthropy in Advancing Africa’s Development Agenda
  • Getting Collaboration Right: Navigating the Intersections Between Funding Women’s Rights and Environmental and Social Justice
  • Mobilizing Civil Society Across the Continent: The Africans Rising Movement
  • Africa Philanthropy Support Organizations (APSO) Initiative 

Workshop Topics

  • Communicating the Continent’s Complexities – Learn how to be a better communicator
  • Examining a Systems Change Model – Learn how to change the system to solve the problem 
  • For Funders New to Africa: Figuring Out Your Entry Point – Learn how to start funding in Africa 

*Subject to Change