Constructing a Developmental and Transformational Philanthropy in Africa

The African Grant Makers Network (AGN) and the Southern Africa Trust are excited to publish this report which covers not just the legislative environment for philanthropy in Africa but begins in many ways to paint a complete picture of the space that philanthropy occupies. There are many birds in the sky as Tade Aina-a renowned scholar and philanthropy expert once remarked in an African Grant Makers Affinity Group (AGAG) Retreat in 2013. But how these birds are regulated or regulate themselves in the sky while flying still remains a very fuzzy and unclear terrain. How they are also affected by existing regulations, policies or systems also remains undocumented and at worst unknown.

This report – looking at seven countries (Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa) – gives a detailed picture. And as expected, the countries studied are different in terms of culture, history, politics, legal regimes, economic development, identity formation and traditions of philanthropy among others. Yet they all have a culture of giving and all possess resources that can be harnessed for sustainable development, particularly in the era of the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The report manages to profile these counties and contextualise philanthropy both in its practice and theorisation.