APN Board gathers in Johannesburg

Board members of the African Philanthropy Network (APN) met in Johannesburg this August under the new executive director to review organisational progress and give policy guidance.

The meeting was chaired by board chairperson Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo and welcomed the new APN deputy chair of the board, executive director at the Foundation for Civil Society in Tanzania, Francis Kiwanga and all other trustees.

“The Board welcomed Francis Kiwanga, CEO of the Foundation for Civil Society to a position of the board,” said APN executive director Dr. Stigmata Tenga.

Key areas of the discussion for the board included governance, secretariat strengthening polices and the systems. Board members also reviewed issues such as compliance for APN in other countries than Ghana where APN is registered.

The meeting was fruitful, said Dr Tenga.

“The board convenes at a critical time as we review how to strengthen the organisation to suit the conditions on the ground. Voices of our members need to be heard and their influence felt in society,” said Dr Tenga.

“We need to nurture the culture of solidarity and inclusivity; while engaging communities and the society at large to also speak the same language and add voice to the effectiveness of African philanthropy.“

The board members who were in attendance included;

Board Chairperson – Dr. Bhekinkosi Moyo (Southern Africa Trust)

Board member – Wanja Muguongo (UHAI-UEASHRI)

Board member – Sinikiwe Makumbirofa (Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund)

Board member – Francis Kiwanga (The Foundation for Civil Society)

Board member – Beulah Fredericks (Philanthropy Leadership Network)

Board member – Evans Okinyi (East Africa Philanthropy Association)

Board member – Abigail Burgesson (Africa Women Development Fund)

Board member – Susan Odongo (Kenya Community Development Foundation)

Executive director – Dr. Stigmata Tenga (APN)

Programme Associate – Nolitha Tiba (APN)