Following the significant lack of progress in the field of African Philanthropy, the Wits business School (WBS) and the Southern Africa Trust (The Trust) have made a collaboration to pioneer a move to make a giant step in the study of philanthropy in Africa by establishing an ‘Academic Chair in African Philanthropy’ that will be situated in Africa.

The trust is a non-profit agency that gives support to civil society organization to participate favourably in dialogues that allows the voice of the poor make more impact in policy making. The Chair will be housed in Johannesburg, South Africa and the full vesting of the chair will be assisted by the temporary appointment of Dr Alan Fowler.

An inaugural conference will take place from the 14th to 18th March, 2016 at WBS Johannesburg. The conference will be a gathering of academic and practitioners from all over Africa. It will also engage stakeholders through consultation with policy makers, private, public and civil society leaders, academics, foundations social investors and high profile individuals investing in philanthropic fields.

The full profile of the chair will be approved before the end of June 2016.

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