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The Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group is a dynamic and diverse network of organizations and individuals funding efforts that benefit Africa and its people. We offer new and experienced funders opportunities to build strong professional relationships and deepen their understanding of current trends to help make strategic funding decisions. Our mission is to promote robust, effective and responsive philanthropy to benefit African communities. Our vision is a world in which African communities achieve their full potential.  More information on membership eligibility and how to  join can be found at All About Membership.

Current challenges and opportunities

Africa is a complex and varied continent with a shifting landscape of positive changes and pressing needs. With Africa’s wealth of natural resources and fast growing economies, this is a time of tremendous opportunity for funders to increase their impact and keep the momentum of positive change moving forward. However, there is still more to do.  African communities need more and better access to health care, clean water, food security and education. Supporting organizations that are making a difference and engaged in good work will help communities across Africa achieve their full potential.

The need for a dedicated affinity group

There are few networks where funders supporting work in Africa can easily connect with others who share their passion and interest and find practical information about the different approaches funders are using, what is working and what is not and why.  As part of a community of grantmakers, you can make the right professional relationships and deepen your understanding of the context and trends of funding in countries across the Continent.   

Solution: Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group

The Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group brings together funders, practitioners and scholars from Africa, Europe and North America who care about Africa. We believe that a larger and more knowledgeable network of funders will help to grow and strengthen the impact of private philanthropy in Africa.

  • We identify and communicate information about critical trends, sound strategies and key points of leverage.
  • We take the lead in organizing conferences and webinars on issues and topics relevant to grantmakers funding in Africa.
  • We curate information and research that helps funders to stay informed about what is happening now. 

Our values

  • Diversity & Respect: We value and are committed to fostering a diversity of constructive experiences, opinions, and approaches. We encourage new voices and ideas from current and potential members and the full range of philanthropic and other stakeholders working in support of positive change in Africa.
  • Accountability: We hold ourselves to a high standard of ethical conduct and accountability and encourage the same of our members, stakeholders and the field of Africa philanthropy.
  • Knowledge and Learning: We value knowledge, learning, candor and critical thinking and believe that gathering, curating and sharing knowledge are essential activities in effective funding.
  • Collaboration and Partnership: We are committed to building collaborations and partnerships to advance our vision, mission and goals.

Our goals 

  • Advocate for sustained and increased philanthropy dedicated to Africa at all levels.
  • Explore and educate funders on methods of effective funding approaches and trends in current philanthropy to Africa.
  • Ensure the sustainability, stability, and sound management of our network to successfully achieve our  vision, mission, values, and goals.

For more information see our strategic plan for 2018 to 2020,  AGAG2020.