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Funding in Africa: Challenges & Opportunities

March 18 - 20, 2014, Downtown Conference Center, New York, New York

About the 2014 Conference 

Africa is a vibrant and dynamic continent that presents both challenges and opportunities for philanthropy to make a difference. Funders cannot hope to make an impact without continuing to learn about new developments and creating strong professional networks.

Since 2000 the Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group (AGAG) has supported robust, responsive and effective philanthropy in support of African communities. The 2014 Conference will explore current trends in Africa and in philanthropy and how these development impact the work of funders working for positive changes across the Continent.

The conference is open to funders including individual donors and staff and trustees of philanthropy institutions acting primarily as funders. Development or fundraising staff are not eligible to attend.

This conference is a unique opportunity for funders to:

• understand how their philanthropy fits within the overall context of Africa funding

• identify common interests and explore partnerships and collaborations that can help them to leverage current resources

• be a part of efforts to grow and strengthen resources dedicated to Africa

If you are interested in making a difference in Africa this is one event you do not want to miss!


What to Expect

This conference is designed to be highly participatory and interactive. Formats used will include plenary sessions, small group discussions, case study presentations and concurrent sessions. Sessions organized by members will focus on funding strategies and approaches being used across a broad array of current topics and relevant issues.

Participants will meet each other at the opening reception and continue the conversation during the networking breakfast at the beginning of each day.

Lunch each day in the Downtown Conference Center Dining Room with panoramic views of downtown Manhattan will provide an exciting backdrop to explore the ideas emerging from the conference discussions and to share your insights and experiences.

Morning and afternoon refreshment breaks with new and familiar colleagues will help you to make the most of this unique gathering of Africa funders.


Tuesday March 18, 2014
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm - Opening Reception for those attending the Retreat
Wednesday, March 19
8:00 am – 8:45 am - Networking Breakfast
9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Morning Session  
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm - Afternoon Session 
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Wrap Up 
Thursday, March 20
8:00 am – 8:45 am - Networking Breakfast
9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Morning Session 
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm - Afternoon Session
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Closing  
Morning and afternoon sessions will consist of plenary or concurrent sessions and group work.gain useful insights, strengthen professional networks, and join a larger and stronger network of increasingly informed, knowledgeable, and connected funders working to benefit African communities
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