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2014 African Philanthropy Forum Held in Addis Ababa

By Scott     About Voice Ethiopia

This year, the Global Philanthropy Forum, an organization devoted to to building a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes, and to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, is hosting it’s annual African Philanthropy Forum (APF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from February 24th to 25th.

The APF is “for African philanthropists and social investors who have made a significant commitment to philanthropy and social investing.” The theme of this year’s forum is “Access, Equity & Opportunity” and includes discussion topics including Leveraging Youth, Advancing Women & Girls, and Women and Children’s Healthcare. Among the 40+ conference speakers are Reeta Roy (President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation) and Musimbi Kanyoro (President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women), as well as representatives from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Omidyar Network, among dozens of other philanthropic organizations.

Recognizing the fast-paced economic growth within the content and the economic potential and importance the region plays on a global scale, the forum made a sensible choice in hosting the event in Ethiopia. As a country with an average annual GDP growth rate of above 10% over the past 3 years, the country is continuing to steadily become a major player in the African and global economy. With that business growth comes more money in each Ethiopian’s pocket, which allows for increased philanthropy within the nation.

To learn more about the Global Philanthropy Forum and the African Philanthropy Forum, visit www.philanthropyforum.org.

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