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This is a part of a series of AGN think pieces on African philanthropy
This report is based on discussions from a convening which brought together a small group of individuals reflecting diverse perspectives and contexts, to begin a collective discussion on how to advance debate, build a body of knowledge, inform good practice and strengthen the impact of social justice philanthropy in Africa and the Arab region. Three draft papers -- By Alice Brown; Yao Graham and Sherine el Traboulsi -- were prepared in advance to provoke thought and discussions during the convening and these are being shared as part of a working paper series currently under way.
Africa's people share deep-rooted values of social solidarity, human dignity, and inter-personal connectedness. This corresponds to the Western notion of philanthropy -- the desire to promote the well-being of others or, put simply, 'to love people'. But in the past, we have had philanthropy done to us as Africans with little recognition that there is a vast field of philanthropic practice alive and active in Africa. This report was produced for the African Grantmakers Network (AGN) by Dalberg Research and Dalberg Global Development Advisors. The production of the report was managed by the Southern Africa Trust.
2010 Conference Report.
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