Online Events

As part of our mission to influence the narrative of African Philanthropy, our monthly Twitter chats are a platform to showcase development actors on the continent. The discussions highlight the successes, challenges, and nuances in Africa’s development and practice.

This promotes a better understanding of African philanthropy and contributes to the creation of efficient knowledge systems.

Twitter Chats

As part of our mission to influence the narrative of African Philanthropy, our monthly Twitter chats are a platform to showcase  development actors on the continent. The discussions highlight the successes, challenges, and nuances in Africa’s development and practice.  
This promotes a better understanding of  African philanthropy and contributes to the creation of efficient knowledge systems. 
November Twitter Chat
November Twitter Chat - Philanthropy Circuit

Building Africa’s Philanthropy; Capacity Strengthening

Through this Twitter chat Philanthropy Circuit engaged with Change the Game Academy and Advocacy Accelerator, exploring with guests how to make best use of available knowledge and building capacity for civil society organisations in Africa.

Redefining capacity strengthening and the importance of localized & systemized learning, plus how civil society can engage local and international resources in scaling Africa’s development.

Read the curated thread here – https://wke.lt/w/s/Fa4S_j

October Twitter Chat
October Twitter Chat - Philanthropy Circuit

Building Africa’s Philanthropy: Knowledge and Practice

The ability to build data sets and institutionalise systems of practice lends credence to a sector’s capacity, expertise and relevance. This was the subject of exploration in the chat with the Center on African Philanthropy and Social Investment – CAPSI and West Africa Civil Society Institute – WACSI.

Guests provided insights into Building Africa’s Philanthropy: Knowledge and Practice. Placing in focus the importance of narrative-building and ideal systems of practice.

Read the curated thread here – https://wke.lt/w/s/Y4D4JG

September Twitter Chat
Philanthropy Circuit - Twitter Chat - September 2021

Localizing Giving & Community-led Philanthropy in Africa

On Wednesday 29 September 2021, Philanthropy Circuit alongside guests, Trust Africa, CivSource Africa and GivingTuesday Nigeria came together to discuss; the forms & importance of giving, the role of community philanthropy, collaborations and promoting homegrown giving practices in scaling Africa’s development, and the place of data sets & knowledge-sharing in African Philanthropy.

Read the curated thread here – https://wke.lt/w/s/J9hSnd
August Twitter Chat

The Giving for Change Program – Catalyzing Community Philanthropy, Participation & Voice

In a bid to bring more understanding of the Giving for Change program to the development space, Philanthropy Circuit hosted the Giving for Change consortium; Africa Philanthropy Network, Kenya Community Development Foundation, Global Fund for Community Foundations and Wilde Ganzen, to a live Twitter chat on 30 August, 2021.

Read through the insightful Twitter chat thread as it voices on participatory community-led philanthropy systems. You can also connect with the Giving for Change Program here.

April Twitter Chat

On Wednesday 28 April, we engaged in the monthly Twitter Chat with guest Segun Kosoko Co-Founder & Co-CEO of crowdfunding platform Donate_NG. The chat centered on Exploring Alternative Funding Sources for Nonprofits.

The chat revealed how crowdfunding when done properly provides multiple benefits – raising funds, creating awareness, impact, and fostering change. It also serves to hone the nonprofit’s source of funding when a recurring donation is in place and validates its support structure within the giving community.

March Twitter Chat
Philanthropy Circuit - Twitter Chat - March 2021 - Growing the Practice of Philanthropy in Zimbabwe

In the March edition of the monthly Twitter Chat between Eme Iniekung, Program Coordinator – Philanthropy Circuit @CircuitEditor, and Eddah Jowah, Coordinator of the Centre for Philanthropy at SIVIO Institute @sivioinstitute discuss Growing the Practice of Philanthropy in Zimbabwe, on Thursday, March 25, 2021, by 2 pm WAT (4 pm EAT).

February Twitter Chat

The February conversation on Twitter between Eme Iniekung, Program Coordinator – Philanthropy Circuit @CircuitEditor, and Victor Odhiambo, Executive Director – Garden of Hope Foundation @GardenofHopeFdn was themed ‘Driving Community Impact: Insights on Sustainability ‘and held on Thursday, February 25, 2021, by 2 pm WAT (4 pm EAT). 

Insights were shared on the place of mentorship, building entrepreneurial and leadership skills for sustainable community impact, and the importance of an enabling environment by the government for civil society.

January Twitter Chat

At the first Twitter Chat for the year, Eme Iniekung, Program Coordinator for Philanthropy Circuit @CircuitEditor, and Chidi Koldsweat Founder of Donor for Africa Foundation @DonorsforAfrica discussed Reimagining Fundraising and Capacity-building for African Nonprofits, on Thursday, January 28, 2021, by 2 pm (4 pm EAT). 

The discussion provided a platform for understanding the challenges and nuances in Africa’s development sector, particularly as it relates to fundraising and capacity building.

Webinars

Women's Leadership in African Philanthropy

The Women’s Leadership in African Philanthropy Panel Discussion hosted by Philanthropy Circuit explored important dimensions of women’s leadership; as changemakers within organizations, and as integral instruments of resource mobilization in African philanthropy.

The panel moderated by Katja Schiller Nwator, Founder of Philanthropy Circuit had in discussion Liz Ngonzi, Founder & CEO of The International Social Impact Institute and Mosun Layode, Executive Director of African Philanthropy Forum.

Catch the discussion on our YouTube channel.

Webinars

Exploring the Role of Philanthropy in Research Development

The Department of Research and Grant Support, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research at the University for Development Studies, Ghana hosted Philanthropy Circuit to a webinar titled – Exploring the Role of Philanthropy in Development Research.

The webinar which took place on 26 August , 2021 had Eme Iniekung, Program Coordinator for Philanthropy Circuit as a keynote speaker and Imogen Bellwood-Howard from the Institute of Development Studies as a moderator and discussant. Insights on the nuances, challenges and opportunities for development research were shared.

Cloud Computing: Opportunities and Challenges for Nonprofit Organisations
Philanthropy Circuit - Webinar - Cloud Computing_Opportunities and Challenges for Nonprofit Organisations

As work becomes more digitalised, technology solutions are set to cater to operational and productivity needs. Cloud computing services present a viable option for nonprofits willing (and able) to scale operations.

Philanthropy Circuit joined the West Africa Civil Society Institute, the Nigerian Network of NGOs and Afrilogic Solutions to provide a civil society perspective to the opportunities and challenges cloud computing presents for nonprofits in Africa.

Watch the video – http://bit.ly/tswa-cloud-recording
De-risking and Redefining the Funding Paradigm
Philanthropy Circuit - De-risking and Redefining the Funding Paradigm

Philanthropy Circuit presented with a panel hosted by the Adhyayan foundation on De-risking and Redefining the Funding Paradigm. This session was part of the Catalyst 2030 Network #CatalysingChangeWeek.

Eme Iniekung provided insights into the paradigm shifts in funding and fundraising in Africa, and proferred the alternatives opening up for social entrepreneurs.

Watch the video:
Mobilizing Philanthropy for Africa's Development

The Mobilizing Philanthropy for Arica’s Development session facilitated by Eme Iniekung (Philanthropy Circuit), alongside panelists Jimm Chick Fomunjong (West Africa Civil Society Institute), Ese Emerhi (The Global Fund for Community Foundations), and Tendai Murisa (SIVIO Institute), was co-created with the Catalyst 2030 Network as part of Catalysing Change Week on 5 May 2021.

Panelists discussed the role of philanthropies on the African continent as well as the importance of African community-led initiatives in fostering the region’s development. The panelists shared very interesting insights into the need to facilitate collaboration among African philanthropies to inform the transformations we want to see happening on the continent. Also to re-design and re-imagine foundations to create more inclusive systems which can listen to, and value existing African assets.

Catch the discussion below:

Localisation Agenda: Questioning the Intermediary Donor System

The West African Civil Society Institute put together a panel  in partnership with the Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF), STAR Ghana Foundation and the NEAR (Network for Empowered Aid Response) Network put together a panel consisting of Eme Iniekung from Philanthropy Circuit, Gima Forje   of TY Danjuma Foundation, Chernor Bah of Purposeful and Ibrahim Tanko Amidu of  Star-Ghana.

The panelists discussed and interrogated the intermediary donor structure instituted under the aid system’s Localisation Agenda. Delving into practices and mechanisms that would see an increased flow of resources to local actors and increased recognition of – and support in building – local resources, knowledge, experience and assets, including local philanthropy.

Catch the discussion below:

Women's Leadership in African Philanthropy

The Women’s Leadership in African Philanthropy Panel Discussion hosted by Philanthropy Circuit explored important dimensions of women’s leadership; as changemakers within organizations, and as integral instruments of resource mobilization in African philanthropy.

The panel moderated by Katja Schiller Nwator, Founder of Philanthropy Circuit had in discussion Liz Ngonzi, Founder & CEO of The International Social Impact Institute and Mosun Layode, Executive Director of African Philanthropy Forum.

Catch the discussion below: