WHO WE ARE
The African Youth Philanthropy Network (AYPN) is a leading network of young and next gen philanthropists, impact investors and social innovators in the Africa, with membership from 19+ countries. AYPN is a membership-based network committed to building an innovative & vibrant youth philanthropy community in Africa. Initiated in 2012 and launched in 2015, AYPN envision to become the platform for shaping an agenda for African Youth and Next-Gen Philanthropy by enhancing policies and practices through coordination, knowledge sharing and capacity building of African youth philanthropic, social impact and social investment organizations.
In response to the lack of youth philanthropy support platforms, policies and programs to support youth philanthropy and innovations in Africa, Global Alliance for Development Foundation (GADeF)-now GADEF International, NEXUS Africa and Self Help Foundation (SHF) began consultative discussions with regional youth philanthropy networks, youth-led and youth-focused foundations and African Grantmakers Network (AGN) which resulted in the convening of the first African Youth in Philanthropy (AYP) Conference in Arusha, Tanzania on 29th June, 2015. It was a 2-day interactive conference with 35 youth delegates from 8 African countries and the Diaspora ahead of the African Grantmakers Network Assembly held in Arusha, Tanzania as well. The Conference’s theme; ‘African Youth in Philanthropy: Participation, Policies and Practices’ hinted on a prime objective for youth-focused policies, practices and broader inclusiveness in Africa’s development agenda. The outcome of the conference resulted in the launch of the African Youth in Philanthropy Network (AYPN).
We seek to influence the agenda for youth giving and philanthropy across the African continent by acting as a support system and a catalyst for development.
We envision becoming a platform for shaping an agenda for African youth Philanthropy by enhancing policies and practices through coordination, knowledge sharing and capacity building of African Youth philanthropic organizations.