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2019 Annual Conference Agenda

Please note there is no on-site registration.  Pre-registration is required  


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Wednesday, May 1, 2019*  

8:30 am to 9:00 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

9:00 am to 9:30 am 

Welcoming Remarks and Conference Overview

9:30 am to 11:50 am


Morning Session: Exploring the Funding Landscape

The morning session will explore how the diverse interests of funders are reflected in the funding landscape.  We will begin with a presentation of key highlights from the AGAG 2018 Survey of Africa Funders followed by a discussion of the results and areas for future exploration. Using an audience interaction platform, participants will answer questions about their funding that will provide a snapshot profile of the funders in the room.

Steven Lawrence, Research Consultant, Survey of Africa Funders


Disrupting Barriers for the Next Generation of Women Change Agents

Guest Speaker: Moiyattu Banya-Keister, Girls Empowerment Sierra Leone and  Women Change Africa
Moderator: Vuyiswa Sidzumo, Ford Foundation Office for Southern Africa

This session will discuss the subtle and not so subtle barriers that the next generation of African women leaders face as they strive to be change agents in their communities and the need for funders to think more critically about the role they can play through their grantmaking approaches. . 

12:00 pm to 1:20 pm 

Lunch and Table Discussions
Enjoy a buffet lunch and continue the conversation during table discussions.

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm



Afternoon Session: How Philanthropy Shapes the Narrative About Africa

Part I: Philanthropy and the Academy

The afternoon session will explore how philanthropy influences narratives about Africa. We will begin with a conversation among African scholars working in different disciplines that explores how narratives about the African academy and knowledge production influence the ways funding is conceptualized and administered to African scholars and institutions. 

Dr. Bhekinkosi Moyo, African Centre on Philanthropy and Social Investment, South Africa
Dr.  Babalwa Magoqwana, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa  
Dr. Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, Babcock University, Nigeria 


Part II: Shaping Narratives
Building on the previous conversations, this session will discuss how the use of the arts and social media can shape textured and nuanced narratives reflecting the Continent’s rich diversity and contexts.  Fellows of Ford Foundation’s #AfricaNoFilter initiative will discuss how their work is shaping narratives that reflect African perspectives.


Sean Jacobs, Founder, Africa is a Country
Nkirote Koome, Program Associate, Ford Foundation, East Africa Office 
Paul Nwulu, Ford Foundation, West Africa Office 

Part III: How do our narratives about Africa shape our grantmaking strategies?
This session will engage participants in small groups to explore how narratives are shaping their grantmaking strategies.

Facilitator:  Dr. Aleesha Taylor, Herald Advisors

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Opening Reception Hosted by the Ford Foundation #AfricaNoFilter Initiative

Thursday, May 2, 2019* 

8:30 am to 9:00 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

9:00 am to 9:30 am

Welcome and Feedback Session
Participants share comments and feedback from yesterday’s afternoon session 

9:30 am – 11:50 am



Morning Session: Landscape Changes: Implications for Funders

Part I: The Growth in Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)

This session will examine the growth in DAFs, how they interact with traditional mechanisms for giving, and the challenges and opportunities for DAFs to support issues facing African communities.

Speaker: Elaine Martyn, Fidelity Charitable®
Moderator: Yvonne Moore, Moore Philanthropy 


Part II: Block Chain Technology and Philanthropy

This session will explore the potential for blockchain technology to improve transparency and accountability for funding to address community needs.

Bongiwe Mlangeni, Social Justice Initiative 
Stephen Downs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Leon Wilson, Cleveland Foundation

12:00 pm to 1:20 pm 

Lunch and Table Discussions

Enjoy a buffet lunch and continue the conversation during table discussions.

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm



Afternoon Session: Looking to the Future: Shaping a New Narrative

Part I: Lessons and Insights

The afternoon session will explore the challenges and opportunities for philanthropy to support change that is happening outside of traditional organization structures and that requires a multi-sector response. Representatives from two African civil society organizations will discuss how their work has changed in response to the needs of the communities they serve.

Felicitas (Flanny) Chiganze, Chief Operating Officer, SRHR Africa Trust (SAT)
Jonathan Gunthorp, Executive Director, SRHR Africa Trust (SAT)


Part II: In a collective reflective exercise participants will develop recommendations for the role that philanthropy can play in shaping narratives about Africa that are more nuanced, balanced, and affirming and to identify ways to encourage reflection and action among their colleagues and within their organizations.  

Facilitator:  Dr. Aleesha Taylor, Herald Advisors

5:00 pm 

Conference Closes 

*agenda is subject to change