African Philanthropy Forum to Promote Transformation of the Continent 'From Within'

The has announced the formation of the African Philanthropy Forum to support the expansion of strategic philanthropy on the African continent.

The startup phase of the new organization, which will function as a peer-learning network of philanthropists committed to advancing equity and opportunity across the continent, will be guided by a core group of philanthropic sector leaders, including Tsitsi Masiyiwa, executive chair of the in Zimbabwe; Hylton Appelbaum, managing director of the in South Africa; Manu Chandaria, founder of the Chandaria Foundation in Kenya; James Mwangi, chairman of the ; Benin-born singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo, goodwill ambassador and founder of the ; Toyin Saraki, founder and president of the in Nigeria; Tony Elumelu, founder of the ; and Reeta Roy, CEO of the .

The Elumelu, MasterCard, Equity Group, and foundations have pledged financial support to get the forum off the ground.

"Africans are now setting their own development agenda, and the vision behind the African Philanthropy Forum is to create a platform that aligns our collective efforts to transform the continent from within," said Elumelu. "We are using our own models of philanthropy and our deep understanding of the local context, while leveraging strategic partnerships across the continent. Our efforts are bolstered by the overwhelming support from our international partners, who are committed to assisting our work."

"The early members of the APF are coming together to promote ethical leadership and have made a commitment to mentorship of other emerging philanthropists throughout the continent," said Roy. "And because the APF members will be embedded in the global community that is the GPF, their influence will be felt well beyond the continent."

"." Global Philanthropy Forum Press Release 04/18/2013.