Pan-African and Feminist Philanthropies

Focus Area:

Reimagining Pan African and Feminist Philanthropies (PAFP) is a groundbreaking initiative that envisions an ecosystem of philanthropies grounded in pan-African and feminist principles, with shared infrastructure and mechanisms to support and strengthen our constituencies – justice-based movements, communities and activists – by moving money and other resources in service of their efforts to advance justice and equity. 

We define pan-African and feminist philanthropies as philanthropic narratives and practices that (i) value both the everyday individual and associational giving practices alongside institutionalised philanthropic practices, (ii) are politically grounded – they deliberately centre solidarity with those resisting Injustice – with their power, agency, priorities, Independence and collective action – and seek to actively challenge and dismantle the systems of privilege and power and patriarchy that deepen Injustice and (iii) are allied with African-led efforts to advance inclusive and Intersectional agendas for justice and liberation of all people of African descent. 

The Journey so far

Led by TrustAfrica and Urgent Action Fund-Africa, this joint initiative was set in motion in July 2022, when the firstReimagining pan-African and Feminist Philanthropy convening was held in Naivasha, Kenya. The convening brought together 50 leading pan-African and feminist activists committed to centering pan-African and feminist analyses and strategies for the transformation of philanthropy and to advancing inclusive narratives of African philanthropies. Following this meeting, a core group developed a draft set of grounding documents – Naivasha Principles, a Narratives framework and a working definition of Pan-African and Feminist philanthropies – to affirm the recognition of our rich history and practice of horizontal giving, foreground and center a new pan-African and feminist narrative of philanthropic solidarity aimed at transformation and liberation, and emphasize the importance of holistic support for pan-African and feminist organizing.

In February 2023, a second Indaba convened a wider group of scholars, advocates, activists, feminists and philanthropists to create community, deepen the positioning of the work and co-create a solidarity, knowledge building and action agenda to move forward on three workstreams (i) narratives and principles, (ii) ecosystem and infrastructure and (iii) advocacy and influencing. The convening concluded with a powerful organic process of commitment-making across time, talent, and treasure that included the seeding of a Pan-African and Feminist Fund, with individuals and institutions contributing $530,000.

In June 2023, the initiative and new endowment fund were officially launched in Addis Ababa, the seat of the African Union and hub for international and inter-governmental relations at the African level.  This aimed to bring the initiative in closer collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA), and other regional organisations, as a way to fast-track Agenda 2063.

Moving forward: Priority objectives and actions

Collectively we believe that we must organize and mobilize around the following five priority objectives in order to reimagine pan-African and feminist philanthropies:

  • Strengthen the ideological framing, practice and knowledge-building of pan-African and Feminist Philanthropies.
  • Visibilize and socialize pan-African and feminist philanthropic narratives and principles.
  • Strengthen the pan-African and feminist philanthropic infrastructure and ecosystem.
  • Shift narratives, policies and practices in key funding and influencing spaces to center pan- African and Feminist philanthropies.
  • Seed, co-create and fund-raise for a pan-African and feminist endowment that will serve to support and sustain important African institutions, organizations and movements.

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  1.  PAFP Narrative Framing: Building Solidarity for a Transformational Agenda
  2. The Naivasha Principles on pan-African and Feminist Philanthropies

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