Over 200 Change Makers from 22 Countries Attended the 2018 African Philanthropy Forum Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg, August 5, 2018 – The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) convened over 200 philanthropists, social investors, heads of foundations and industry experts from 22 countries to its fifth Annual Conference at the Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg on August 1 and 2, 2018.
The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) convened 244 philanthropists, social investors, heads of foundations and industry experts from 22 countries at its fifth Annual Conference in Johannesburg on August 1 and 2.
The experience began on July 31, with delegates visiting cultural sites including; The Apartheid Museum, Nelson Mandela House and Hector Pieterson Museum to get immersed in the culture and history of South Africa. Following the site visits, delegates had the opportunity to connect and network in a relaxed environment during the Pre-Conference Reception at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.
During her Welcome Address, Tsitsi Masiyiwa, Board Chair, APF challenged delegates to dig deeper, think bigger and move beyond speaking about prevalent issues and solutions to actually nurturing and implementing initiatives that would transform the continent. According to her, the potential of Africa is within our power to birth, but it will take cooperation on a massive scale between all stakeholders.
Dr Judy Dlamini, philanthropist, Executive Chairman, Mbekani group and recently appointed Chancellor of Wits University, pointed out during the Opening Remarks that none of the issues in Africa is insurmountable and that each one of them can be resolved by individuals and resources within the continent.
The atmosphere of the 2-day Conference was uplifting and the collaborations and discussions impactful. Key takeaways from the event which comprised of 74 Speakers, 11 Plenaries, 2 Fireside Chats, and 4 Nuts and Bolts sessions include, the urgency for unity across borders on the continent and the role of philanthropists in acting as mediators of cross-sectorial collaborations to cultivate trust and long lasting impact and relationships, investing in research on the continent that is tailored to solving African problems, the need to align initiatives to the SDGs for continent-wide impact and to fill the gaps created by lack of collaboration in immediate environment.
Discussions around the theme “Potential and Reality: Bridging the Gap”, covered major issues such as the population explosion in Africa, healthcare, gender equality, climate change, leadership, education and the role of next generation philanthropists in the growth and development of Africa. Speakers and delegates at the 2-day Conference also highlighted loopholes that educated active citizens can fill to propel the continent forward. Some of the speakers present at the Conference include: Graca Machel, Founder Graca Machel Trust, H.E Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, former President, Mauritius, Nyokabi Kenyatta, Kenyatta Trust, Gbenga Oyebode, Board Member, APF and Founder, Aluko and Oyebode, Lord Michael Hastings, Head, Global Citizenship, KPMG, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Advisor, AEDPI, Kareem Abdul-Jabba, former NBA star, Serge Ibaka NBA Star, Siya Kholisi and Tendai Mtawarira both Rugby stars amongst others.
Following the 2-day Conference, delegates visited innovative initiatives in the Johannesburg area on Friday, August 3. These initiatives included SPARK Schools and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The visit to the SPARK School in Bramley was eye opening as participants were inspired by the innovative and creative approach to learning as well as the interaction with the teachers and students. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital was no different, delegates went on a guided tour of the hospital and were impressed with the intentionality, attention to detail and supportive environment for both patients, parents and care givers.
The 2018 APF Conference was rounded off at the NBA Africa Games on Saturday, August 4 as delegates enjoyed a game of basketball that was played to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
The 2018 APF Conference was sponsored and supported by Higherlife Foundation, Global Philanthropy Forum, ACT Foundation, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Nedbank Private Wealth, United States Africa Development Foundation, and the Nnagabereka Foundation.