African philanthropy as an emerging form of development funding has had a unique impact on transformational change on the continent in many ways. This distinct force has fostered social, economic, and political change in Africa. A growing number of prominent African High Networth Individuals (HNWIs) have attracted attention through their high-profile philanthropy, with distinct objectives in African development.
The Financial Times in its special report on African Philanthropy categorized philanthropy into two “ one is the direct path: building a school or a hospital to plug a gap in an education or health system. The other is to change systems, to equip, train, push, cajole and shame governments into delivering those public goods themselves”.