APN announces 2022 Essay Contest winners

The African Philanthropy Network (APN) is excited to announce the twenty (20) winners of the Youth Essay Contest which focused on, “The Role of African Philanthropy in transforming community challenges through Innovation, Policy, and Practice”. The essay contest which was launched on the 25th of May 2022 attracted 300 essay submissions from youth aged 18 – 35 years old around the African continent. The goal of the APN Essay contest is to grow the culture of philanthropy among the youth.  As a first step towards nurturing this philanthropic culture in African youth, APN decided to sponsor a continentwide youth essay competition to encourage youth to think about innovation and practice of African philanthropic giving in addressing development challenges. Furthermore, the essay contest provided a space for African youth to raise their voice and generate a new African philanthropy narrative.


Synthesis of CSOs Respond to COVID 19 Report

On 12 March 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Soon, the international community sprang into action to respond to the pandemic. One of the critical members of the international community that responded to COVID-19 was civil society organisations (CSOs) who stepped in in various ways to fill gaps and complete the efforts of other stakeholders.

In Africa, the reach of CSO responses from a geographical perspective included rural areas, urban areas, refugee camps, informal settlements/slums, and townships amidst operational and financial constraints. According to reports, CSOs, many of whom were working at the grassroots level, persisted in their efforts to reach as many people as possible. Reports indicate that the nature of CSO responses was broad and varied and included providing food and services such as health care, access to education, awareness-raising and sensitization, defending human rights, and psycho-social services.


Reflections from the third African Philanthropy Conference


What are some of the systems challenges that the philanthropic sector will potentially face in future, considering social and innovation impact? What are some of the models and approaches than can drive African Philanthropy? Where’s the money for Africa in climate financing?  How can technology advance African Philanthropy? What is the role of Youths in driving African Philanthropy?


2022 Essay Contest

Theme:  The Role of African Philanthropy in transforming community challenges through Innovation,

Policy and Practice.

  1. Background

Africa Philanthropy Network is the only continent-wide network of organizations and individuals in Africa and its diaspora who promotes the culture of philanthropic giving.   It is conceived as a space for African institutions to interrogate and intervene in the power dynamics that shape how resource mobilization, distribution and spending impact the possibilities of transformative change in Africa. APN’s mission is to reclaim the power and elevate the practices of African philanthropy. In achieving this mission, APN is working in collaboration with its membership & other philanthropy support organizations to promote the voice and actions of African philanthropy through the building of solidarity and coordinated response in African philanthropy landscape; rethinking and build the case for the potential for African (individual and community) philanthropy to drive social change.