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APN Assembly 2018

Join Us in Port Louis, Mauritius on 8-9 November, 2018 as we strive to advance African philanthropy

African Philanthropy : Giving and Power

Greetings & welcome

About the event

The APN Assembly is a unique opportunity. Since 2010, APN has organized a space for experienced and new philanthropy leaders who want to engage in a conversation that would enrich each others’ understanding and practice on African philanthropy by developing and an African-generated and African-owned narrative about different forms and models of philanthropy in Africa.

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Welcome to Port Louis, Mauritius

An Opportunity to Learn, Network and Have Fun ,Book your seat today!

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The sessions explore some trends, motivations, and social and economic dynamics that are shaping African philanthropy. Opportunity for transforming Africa’s development story from one of “need” and “dependence” to one of “self-direction and self-reliance” and the barriers when it comes to supporting issues that are considered “difficult” or “unpopular”...

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National and regional policies have an important role to play in creating the conditions in which philanthropy can grow – and in which civil society can operate more generally, we are going to share different policy aspect of philanthropy development in Africa, both domestically and beyond.

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Never have there been more types of philanthropy – and tools for growing it - at our disposal. We shall share exciting new tools and strategies for building philanthropy, new networks (global and regional) as well as sector-level issues that look at what kinds of support a functioning ecosystem for philanthropy in Africa needs...

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Featured speakers

Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory

Vice President of Mauritius
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Paramasivum Pillay "Barlen" Vyapoory is the fifth vice president of Mauritius currently serving as the acting President of the country. Previously, Barlen Vyapoory was the High Commissioner of the Republic of Mauritius in South Africa with accreditation in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, and the SADC. Barlen holds a BSc Honours degree in Agriculture from the University of Mauritius, an M.Ed degree from the Sam Houston University, USA, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Development from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

He has had a successful career as a Senior Lecturer at the Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE) from 1976 to 1995, the year in which he took early retirement from the MIE and joined active politics. Barlen has also contributed in many ways to the cultural landscape in Mauritius through his active role in the organization of cultural activities at the workplace and in social institutions.

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Maurice Makoloo

Regional Director, Ford Foundation
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Maurice Makoloo is the Regional Director, Ford Foundation, Office for Eastern Africa. Maurice joined the Foundation on January 16, 2012. Previously, Maurice was the Director of the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG), a leading environmental research and advocacy institution based in Nairobi that has been a longstanding grantee of the Ford Foundation. At ILEG, Maurice initiated and led a range of research and advocacy campaigns to advance sustainable development and effective governance over natural resources. As a legal practitioner, he has prosecuted many public interest cases on behalf of local communities and other vulnerable groups. He also served a six-year term as the secretary to Kenya's Public Complaints Committee on the Environment, a position to which he was appointed by the Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources. Maurice also served as the inaugural Convener of the Environmental Law Committee of the Law Society of Kenya.

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Other Speakers

Event sessions

APN Assembly Venue & Schedule

‘APN Assembly 2018 will take place November 8 - 9, 2018 at the intercontinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, in Port Louis, Mauritius.’

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Day 01 full schedule

November 8, 2018 @ 06:30 AM - 07:30 PM

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Afro - Aerobics

Registration opens

Venue: Business Corner

Afro-festival

Venue: Foyer

Conference & Opening speech

Venue: Hibiscus Ballroom

Welcoming Remarks by Mr. Paramasiva Dana Chengan Chairperson MACOSS

Official Opening: Honorable Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory Vice President of the Republic of Mauritius

Hon. Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory
Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory
Paramasiva Dana Chengan

Paramasiva Dana Chengan
Awino Okech

Mapping of the Room: What do you expect from this conference?

Venue: Hibiscus Ballroom

Awino Okech (EMCEE)

Warm Up: African cultural group (Networking Break)

Venue: Hibiscus Foyer (Ocean View)

Assembly Theme: African Philanthropy: Who is Giving and Whose Power?

Venue: Hibiscus Ballroom

Maurice Makoloo

Key Note Address by Maurice Makoloo

Regional Director - Eastern Africa, Ford Foundation

Plenary: APN’s Journey from Ghana to Mauritius

Moderator: Theo Sowa, AWDF

Discussants:
Janet Mawiyoo, Kenya Community Development Foundation
Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Africa Women’s Development Foundation
Ebrima Sall, Trust Africa
Ebrima Sall

Ebrima Sall
Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

Bisi Adeleye Fayemi
Janet Mawiyoo

Janet Mawiyoo
Theo Sowa

Theo Sowa

Sub Theme: Decolonizing African philanthropy

Venue: Hibiscus Ballroom

Halima Mahomed

Lightning talk: The need for a decolonized African philanthropy by Halima Mahomed

Independent Consultant in Philanthropy

Plenary: Navigating the role of Philanthropy in Africa

Moderator: Jenny Hodgson, GFCF

Discussants:
Theo Sowa, Africa Women’s Development Fund
John Ulanga, Trademark East Africa
Maria Amalia Souza, Brazilian Philanthropy Network for Social Justice
Maria Amalia Souza

Maria Amalia Souza
John Ulanga

John Ulanga
Theo Sowa

Theo Sowa
Jenny Hodgson

Jenny Hodgson

Lunch Break

Venue: Ocean View

Sub Theme: Constituency building in pursuit of the agenda for African philanthropy

Venue: Hibiscus Ballroom

Maurice Makoloo

Lightning talk: Where do we want to go? by Stigmata Tenga

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Africa Philanthropy Network

Plenary: Telling the tale of African philanthropy through data

Moderator: Niamani Mutima, Africa Grantmakers Group (AGAG)

Discussants:
Nana Afadzinu, West Africa Civil Society Institute
Evans Okinyi, East Africa Philanthropy Network
Evans Okinyi

Evans Okinyi
Nana Afadzinu

Nana Afadzinu
Niamani Mutima

Niamani Mutima

Networking Break & Exhibitions

Venue: Ocean View

Shaping Continental Change: how can generations join hands in pursuit of the African philanthropy vision?

Venue: Hibiscus Ballroom

Joanne Harding

Moderator: Joanne Harding, Philanthropy Leadership Network

Discussants:
Moiyattu Baya, Women Change Africa
Devan Saitee, Youth Queer Initiative Africa
Najaina Tovohasimbavaka, Youth First Madagascar
Najaina Tovohasimbavaka

Najaina Tovohasimbavaka
Devan Saitee

Devan Saitee
Moiyattu Baya

Moiyattu Baya

Building People’s Philanthropy: from old school grants making to participatory philanthropy

Venue: Barracuda

Ese Emerhi

Moderator: Ese Emerhi, Kiisi Trust

Knowledge Café Conversation:
Catherine Mwendwa, East Africa Philanthropy Network
Melvin Chibole, Kenya Community Development Foundation
Chalwe Nyirenda, Zambian Governance Foundation
Chalwe Nyirenda

Chalwe Nyirenda
Melvin Chibole

Melvin Chibole
Catherine Mwendwa

Catherine Mwendwa

Who decides? Rethinking models of power in governance and decision making

Venue: Iris

Beulah Fredericks

Moderator: Beulah Fredericks

Discussants::
Edna Akuliq, Africa Youth Philanthropy Network
Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu, STAR Ghana
Shelagh Gastrow, Independent Philanthropy Association, South Africa
Shelagh Gastrow

Shelagh Gastrow
Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu

Ibrahim Tanko Amidu
Edna Akuliq

Edna Akuliq

What alternative models of development and philanthropy do we need to build local agency and power?

Venue: Frangipani

Halima Mahomed

Moderator: Halima Mahomed, Independent Philanthropy Consultant

Discussants:: Discussants: (To be determined)

Welcoming and Networking Reception

Venue: Segala Beach

Day 02 full schedule

November 9, 2018 @ 06:30 AM - 07:30 PM

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Afro - Aerobics

Registration opens

Venue: Business Corner

APN Members meeting

Venue: Iris

African cultural and arts group

Venue: Foyer

Sub Theme: African Philanthropy’s role in fostering Civil Society resilience and countering the shrinking space

Venue: Hibiscus Ballroom

Beatrice Grillo

Lightning talk: Challenging Old Ways of Thinking by Beatrice Grillo

Board Chairperson, Zambian Governance Foundation

Lightning talk: Power – Less to Give More

Michael Mapstone, Charities Aid Foundation

Plenary: Legitimacy and Ownership in Philanthropy

Moderator: Sarah Mukasa, Open Society Initiative, East Africa

Discussants:
Mburu Gitu, Open Society Initiative, East Africa
Amy Taylor, CIVICUS
Francis Kiwanga, Foundation for Civil Society, Tanzania
Francis Kiwanga

Francis Kiwanga
Amy Taylor

Amy Taylor
Mburu Gitu

Mburu Gitu
Sarah Mukasa

Sarah Mukasa

Tea/Coffee Break

Sub Theme: Mobilizing Support for Rights and Justice

Venue: Hibiscus Ballroom

Taaka Awori

Plenary: What is the role of human rights, womens rights and disability rights funds in building philanthropy in Africa?

Moderator: Taaka Awori, AWDF and WASCI Board Member

Discussants:
Mary Janeth Rusimbi, Women’s Fund Tanzania
Mona Chun, Human Rights Funders Network
Armoogum Parsuramen, Global Rainbow Foundation
Armoougum Parsuramen

Armoogum Parsuramen
Mona Chun

Mona Chun
Mary Janeth Rusimbi

Mary Janeth Rusimbi

Lunch Break

Transforming the Pan-African Philanthropic Scene: What is the role of Women’s Funds in Philanthropic Ecosystems

Venue: Hibiscus Ballroom

Fadekemi Akinfaderin

Moderator: Fadekemi Akinfaderin, Prospera Africa

Discussants:
Abigail Burgeson, Africa Women’s Development Fund
Philomena Modu, Women Fund Tanzania
Julienne Lusenge, Congolese Women’s Fund
Tariro Tandi, Urgent Action Fund- Africa
Tariro Tandi

Tariro Tandi
Julienne Lusenge

Julienne Lusenge
Philomena Modu

Philomena Modu
Abigail Burgeson

Abigail Burgeson

$1.3 Billion and 14,221 Grants: The Case for Human Rights Funding in Africa

Venue: Baracuda

Jeanne Elone

Moderator: Jeanne Elone, Trust Africa

Discussants:
Mukami Marete, UHAI-East Africa Sexual Health Rights Initiatives
Irwin Iradukunda, Youth Queer Initiative Africa
Rachel Thomas, Human Rights Funders Network
Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas
Irwin Iradukunda

Irwin Iradukunda
Mukami Marete

Mukami Marete

Disability Rights Funding: A matter of Justice and Dignity

Venue: Iris

Martha Olotu

Moderator: Martha Olotu, Foundation for Civil Society

Discussants:
Coomaravel Pyaneandee, International Disability Law Advocate
Ummy Nderiananga, SHIVYAWATA
Koonjal Vinance, Children Foundation - Mauritius
Koonjal Vinance

Koonjal Vinance
Ummy Nderiananga

Ummy Nderiananga
Coomaravel Pyaneandee

Coomaravel Pyaneandee

Social Movements in Africa: The Important Role of African Philanthropy

Venue: Frangipani

Pape Ismaila Dieng

Moderator: Pape Ismaila Dieng, Africtivistes

Discussants:
Tendisai Chigwedere, Trust Africa
Muhamed Lamin, African Rising
Marcia Thomas, USA for Africa
Ayak Chol, Anatapan Movement
Ayak Chol

Ayak Chol
Marcia Thomas

Marcia Thomas
Muhamed Lamin

Muhamed Lamin
Tendisai Chigwedere

Tendisai Chigwedere

Venue: Hibiscus Ballroom

Ben Ocra

Plenary: Leveraging diaspora time, money and skills for the development of African philanthropy

Moderator: Ben Ocra, Ghana Philanthropy Forum

Discussants: Amaha Kassa of All African Together, USA
Onyekachi Wambu, African Foundation for Development, UK
Onyekachi Wambu

Onyekachi Wambu
Amaha Kassa

Amaha Kassa

Table Talks: Reflection on issues arising

Venue: Hibiscus Deck

Tea/Coffee Break

Venue: Hibiscus Deck

Closing Session: What Next?

Venue: Hibiscus Ballroom

Networking & Free time

Dinner and Cerebration: African Philanthropy Prize

Venue: Segala Beach

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Affordable event packages

Have you registered? You can register now as an APN member, Non-APN Member or a Mauritian citizen. Early bird registration offers discounted rates for individuals and groups. Special discounted rates at the hotel are linked to the early bird registration. Must book your spot before September 12, 2018. Book your seat now!

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APN Members

$ 300

  • All conference Sessions
  • Lunch with conversations
  • Exhibitions for organization’s work
  • African Award Celebration
  • Tour around Port Louis
  • Refreshments through out the conference
  • WIFI Internet connection
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Non Members

$ 450

  • All conference Sessions
  • Lunch with conversations
  • Exhibitions for organization’s work
  • African Award Celebration
  • Tour around Port Louis
  • Refreshments through out the conference
  • WIFI Internet connection
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Mauritian Residents

$ 100

  • All conference Sessions
  • Lunch with conversations
  • Exhibitions for organization’s work
  • African Award Celebration
  • Tour around Port Louis
  • Refreshments through out the conference
  • WIFI Internet connection
  • Register Now
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Trusted hands behind us

Our sponsors

Thank you for supporting APN and the APN Assembly 2018. The journey to even longer partnership has now started! We are now welcoming you and more organizations to join us and sponsor our cause. Read here for more information on the affordable sponsorship categories and opportunities. We look forward to your generosity!

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Never hesitate to ask

Frequent asked questions

Q.Is the hotel included in the registration?

A.No, accommodation is not included in the registration fee. You have to book accommodation yourself. The following is the list of recommended hotels links Intercontinental Hotel is APN prefered hotel , Maritim Resort Tel: (+230) 204 1000, Westin Bay Resort (+230) 204 1400, Ravenala Attitude (+230) 204 38 20, Angsana Balaclava (+230) 204 1888, Hotel Oberoi (+230) 204 3600, Victoria Resort (+230) 269 1000, Le Meridien (230) 204 3333.

Q.Should I book my flight ticket with you?

A.No, please book your flight on your own. This is usually faster and more convenient, especially if you need to change dates.

Q.Will there be a hotel booked for me?

A.No, you can book hotel yourself

Q.Do I need visa to enter Mauritius?

A.Many of you will not need a visa to enter Mauritius. On arrival, your passport will be stamped allowing entry to the country for 60 days. You'll need to be able to provide evidence of onward or return travel. There few countries that visitors are required to have entry visa. Please review Visa Requirements as provided by the Mauritian Passport and Immigration office.

Q.Does the registration fee include accommodation?

A.No, you can book hotel on your own. More information is provided on this page: (https://apnassembly2018.org/events) Registration will only cover lunch and light refreshments during Assembly.

Q.What should I know about Mauritius?

1.Comprehensive Factsheet on Mauritius by the US Government.

2.Visa Requirements by the Mauritian Passport and Immigration office.

3.Factsheet of the host hotel, the Intercontinental Mauritius Hotel Balaclava.

4.Comprehensive Travel Guide to Mauritius.

5.Mauritius Economic Factsheet by the UK Government.

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