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

January 24th, 2023

This session will discuss a shift towards the more multi-stakeholder end of the philanthropy spectrum, emphasizing participatory philanthropic models. Philanthropy as:

  • an act of participation
  • as an act of dissent
  • as an act of empathy and solidarity
  • Philanthropy of communities and the middle class

In this knowledge café, Ese Emerhi (Kiisi Trust Fund) will hold conversations with Catherine Mwendwa (East Africa Philanthropy Network) on ‘Leveraging #GivingTuesday to strengthen African giving culture’; Melvin Chibole (Kenya Community Development Foundation) about ‘Pamoja4Change’ and Chalwe Nyirenda (Zambia Governance Foundation) who will share the journey ‘From old school grants making to community philanthropy: from Dependence to Ascend’.

The discussion will recognize grantmaking as a development tool, while highlighting other strategies aimed at shifting and sharing power: in short “philanthropy of the people” rather than “philanthropy of the wealthy.”

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