Tanzania to host EA Philanthropy conference

TANZANIA is set to host a three-day East Africa Philanthropy annual conference that will bring over 300 philanthropists and organisations.

The conference that is jointly organised by The East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN) in collaboration with Legal Service Facility (LSF), will be held in Zanzibar between 28th and 30th June this year.

Going under the theme; ‘Systems Transformation: Catalysing Collective Action’ the 8th East Africa Philanthropy Conference will also cement the stakeholders participation in transforming philanthropy.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, the EAPN Chief Executive Officer, Evans Okinyi said the conference is also meant to discuss more ways that can be used to empower the vulnerable.

“By empowering especially those that seemingly have no say, we also look at how we can shift the mindset, so that something that seems impossible at a certain stage, all of a sudden becomes possible,” he said.

LSF Chief Executive Officer, Lulu Ng’wanakilala said the conference provides a platform for sharing experiences, collective reflection, as well as development of philanthropic activities.

“It also serves as a social tool and investment practices for the continent’s people and partners,” she said.

“LSF is pleased to be a co-local organising partner, I therefore call upon philanthropic organisation, private sector, government, civil society and all key stakeholders to register and take part,” she added.

Ms Ng’wanakilala also applauded the EAPN for their relentless efforts geared towards promoting a culture of giving in the region and for believing in Tanzania as the perfect host for this year’s event.

Speaking, the EAPN board chairperson Jacqueline Asiimwe called for solidarity with a diverse group of stakeholders that can harness each other’s strengths and learn from each other to accelerate the desired transformation.

“Too often, the only thing that philanthropy is really interested in is the front line of change, which is where the symptoms of the crises that we’re feeling are,” she said.

EAPN formerly the East African Association of Grant-makers (EAAG) is a voluntary membership organisation that brings together local charitable trusts and foundations in the region with the primary aim of promoting and growing a culture of giving.

The network’s mission is to provide a collaborative platform that champions, connects and co-creates innovative solutions to advance philanthropy in East Africa.

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