FCS proves successful in co-hosting 3rd African Grant-makers Network assembly in Arusha

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has proven successful in co-hosting the third biennially assembly of the African Grant-makers’ Network (AGN) in Arusha, Tanzania from 1 - 3 July 2015.

Ahead of this achievement the FCS collaborated with the African Grantmakers Network (AGN) secretariat based in South Africa and the African Womens' Development Fund in Ghana. The trio altogether managed to host over three thousand participants from different parts of the world.

During the opening of the assembly, the guest of honour, H.E Ambassador Gertude Mongella from Tanzania reminded philanthropists not to always think of offering their surplus as a giving - but go beyond it by giving what their neighbours really need.

"The spirit of giving is primarily African, so lets embrace it so as to be able to serve the vulnerable groups in communities," she reminded.

The assembly also witnessed some of unrivaled pieces of conversations with thought leaders in philanthropy - opening new chapter of oriented sessions on strategies to contribute to sustainable, just and peaceful development in Africa through philanthropic engagement.

This year's theme “Philanthropy in Africa 2015 – People, Policy and Practice” sought to unearth good practice through knowledge building, research, experience sharing and skills building in each of these critical areas. The program will foreground contributions to philanthropy in Africa by critical constituencies such as women, youths and other marginalised groups. This exciting action focused program has gone in history bringing together thought leaders, practitioners, academics, the media and other key actors to the table in Arusha, Tanzania for the first time.

The assembly conference also culminated in the Second AGN African Philanthropy Award Gala, which recognized and celebrated outstanding contributions to philanthropy on the Continent.

At the awards, Kagiso trust based in South Africa emerged the winner in the category of the Philanthropy Organisation of the year while, Mr. Akwasi Aidoo of West Africa became the Individual Philanthropy category winner.

* African Grantmakers Network (AGN) - Voice and Action for African Philanthropy is a continent-wide network of African grantmaking organizations that facilitates networking and experience-sharing among established and emerging African philanthropic institutions. AGN aims at consolidating the voice for African philanthropy to address social injustice and development issues on the continent.

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