The need for a strong philanthropy ecosystem is not only important in strengthening existing philanthropic practices, but also in accelerating their growth and development. It is becoming crucial to unlock the huge potential of private resources for social good considering the dawn of the Social Development Goals and the scale of issues that need attention. A firmed-up ecosystem is therefore a necessary tool for this development and for catalyzing impact. There is need for data to build transparency and inform decisions, advocacy for an enabling environment, campaigns to grow a culture of giving, technology that links donors and recipients, advice and capacity building to make better use of existing resources, space for funders mediation and coordination, standards that build trust within society.
Desirous to achieve the foregoing, the network will be hosting a joint workshop with WINGS. which converge key philanthropy support actors whose expertise is regarded so crucial. The event is set to happen on the 6th and 7th of February at Four Points by Sheraton, Nairobi- Kenya.
The workshop also provides a platform to present and validate the results of a participatory research project conducted during the period of June – September 2022 to map the Philanthropy Support Actors in East Africa. The study objectives were to identify the key Ecosystem Actors in the East African region, elaborate the nature, trends, and practices of philanthropic giving, highlight challenges, propose ways to build a more interconnected and coherent field in East Africa, and develop a roadmap that includes potential partnerships and co-created strategies to strengthen the support ecosystem.