The managing partner of RED and co-founder of The Future Project, Chude Jideonwo has been announced as one of the speakers at the first meeting of the Africa Philanthropy Forum (APF) – which holds on 24 and 25 February 2014 at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The first planning meeting of the African Philanthropy Forum will bring together such leaders to examine how the twin goals of expanding access and promoting equity will lead to increased opportunity throughout the continent, and how building a community of African philanthropists can contribute to Africa meeting its own development goals.

Said the conveners:

 This is a moment of opportunity for philanthropy in Africa; it can be a catalyst for the promotion of new ideas, collaboration and the cross-fertilization of practices across sectors. The continent’s philanthropists and social investors are already seeding promising enterprises and supporting effective NGOs, building a robust civil society able to advance Africa’s development goals. In the process, they are testing and demonstrating innovative solutions to festering social and environmental problems; helping to spur economic activity at the base of the pyramid, a step toward growing the middle class; and advancing transparency, accountability, and competence in the public, private and social sectors.

The APF is part of the Global Philantrophy Forum, which is committed to “Building a Community of Donors and Social Investors Committed to International Causes”

Speakers include Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission; Malik Fal, Africa Managing Director Omidyar Network; Jammie Drummound, co-founder ONE; Darlington Mandivenga, CEO Econet Services; Fred Swaniker, co-founder, Arican Leadership Academy; Reeta Roy, president and CEO, The MasterCard Foundation, James Manhi, CEO of Equity Bank, Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder of the Mara Group and Mara Foundation; Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of Health Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, amongst others. Toyin Saraki, president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa will also be speaking.

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