Conference seeks more impact for African philanthropy

Co-founder, Higherlife Foundation and APF chairperson, Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Ways to make philanthropy more impactful on the African continent received a boost yesterday during the fourth Annual Conference of the African Philanthropy Forum (APF) at the Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Co-founder, Higherlife Foundation and APF chairperson, Tsitsi Masiyiwa, spoke on the theme, ‘African Philanthropy in a Changing Global Context’, urging philanthropists to be strategic in giving and not wait until retirement before using their resources to change lives.

She added: “We need to take greater responsibility for our problems by creating synergies that enable us solve problems that seem greater than us.”

Speaking on the topic, ‘Migration and Natural Disasters: Philanthropists Taking the Lead’, West Africa Director, Ford Foundation, Innocent Chukwuma, called on philanthropists to pay attention to the underlying causes of illegal migration, invest in the challenge and reverse factors killing the aspiration of youths on the continent. He also urged countries to re-appraise their policies to support young people.

Co-founder, African Women’s Development Fund, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, spoke on the role of women in community building. She said Nigerians must use their voices and power to create structures and processes that work for the people. “We also need to engage citizens and ensure people stay involved and engaged in national development,” she said.

Present at the event were businessman, philanthropist and one-time Minister of Defence, retired Lt. Gen. T.Y Danjuma and the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington.



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