Who we are & Mission

The African Youth Philanthropy Network (AYPN) is an ecosystem of African youth philanthropists, impact investors and social entrepreneurs that is dedicated to supporting youth-led developmental initiatives in the continent, setting the agenda for youth philanthropy and development in the continent. AYPN is a leading network of young and next gen philanthropists in the Africa, with membership from 19+ countries. AYPN is 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.

Our Vision

A leading and vibrant philanthropy platform that unleashes African youth potentials for sustainable impact and community transformation

Our Story

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 and Entrepreneurial Philanthropy Forum (GADEF- International) formerly Global Alliance for Development Foundation(GADeF), 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). Currently, AYPN is co-convener for the Global Youth Philanthropy Network(GYPN) with Philanthropy Together, Giving Tuesday and Youth Roots which launched the first global youth giving circle in on 3rd January, 2023 which brought together over 100 youth philanthropists and change-makers from around the world to connect, learn, and give toward SDGs innovations.

Our Overall Goal

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.