African youth voices on the role of AFRICAN PHILANTHROPY in TRANSFORMING COMMUNITY CHALLENGES through INNOVATION, POLICY AND PRACTICE. Top 20 essays from 2022 competition
Africa Philanthropy Network (APN), the continent-wide network of organizations and individuals in Africa and its diaspora that promotes the culture of philanthropic giving. APN is a space for stakeholders to interrogate 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.
African philanthropy includes all resources that can be tapped into, when addressing Africa’s challenges: human, natural, social, material and financial assets. APN equates African philanthropy with local agency –the capacity of individual and communities to act independently and make their own choices. African philanthropy actors include foundations and funds; family and community based; individual giving and collective solidarity mechanisms – in cash, in kind, or in time; and social investments. African philanthropy is generally characterized by all forms of vertical and horizontal dimensions of giving of private resources for the common good; it cannot be defined by a single culture or model of giving.