Reshaping Narratives on African Giving: Writing Workshops for African Writers

Concept Note

Project Title: Reshaping Narratives on African Giving: Writing Workshops for African Writers



Storytelling has and is still an important part of African culture. So much essential knowledge on our histories, safety, novel ideas has been passed from one African generation to another through stories. An integral part of our work on reclaiming and (re)shaping what African philanthropy means on a global scale involves re-telling the stories that have been told on African giving. Outdated narratives that shape giving as a vertical, master-servant enterprise need to be replaced with indigenous examples of giving as always being a core part of who we are.


Terms of Reference for a Mapping Officer to Conduct a Listing of Philanthropy Support Actors (PSAs) in Sub-Saharan Africa

  1. Background

APN is the continent-wide network of African-owned and African-led organization which promote the culture of individual and community philanthropy. Members of APN include philanthropy support organizations including networks and associations, grantmakers, community foundations, academia, and CSOs supporting communities to increase the effectiveness and impact of different forms of philanthropic giving.


APN is conducting a participatory 9 months mapping project to look at, analyze, and document the PSAs in four regions in sub-Saharan Africa; namely South, East, West, and Central. This study is being implemented by APN in collaboration with its members and other relevant stakeholders. The study is financially supported by the WINGS project on ‘Unlocking Philanthropy’s potential: Enhancing the Enabling Environment, effectiveness and leveraging the contributions of Philanthropy’ funded by the European Union.


New members join the APN!

On the 6th of December 2021, APN had its 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM), through it APN is delighted to inform you/the public that the AGM approved the recruitment of 14 new members from 11 countries across Africa that are; the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This is the first time ever for APN to recruit such a large number of members in a year since the begging of its operation. To date, the network has a total of 53 Members (50 from Africa, 1, from Belgium, 1 from the United Kingdom, and 1 from the United States of America (USA).


APN Youth Summit 2021

About the Summit

Youth Summit on African Philanthropy will take place under the banner of the African Philanthropy Network (APN) in collaboration with African Youth actors and organizations. Youth Philanthropy and Power will be the first conference of its kind in Africa deliberately aimed at a collective conversation between diverse youth as the communities that makes up our states. APN has a bold vision of establishing an African Youth Philanthropy Platform with all philanthropic efforts and associations that have many different names dedicated to making a difference in their communities through their philanthropic work. Life, as we know it, has changed; work models have shifted; economies have shrunk, and livelihoods have been severely affected. The devastation by the pandemic is immeasurable, yet amid this, the field of philanthropy in Africa has also witnessed huge amounts of giving in-kind and cash. Communities, individuals, corporates and various forms of philanthropic organizations have all responded to the pandemic and addressed the negative effects of COVID-19.