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African Philanthropy

Philanthropic Responses to Covid-19 and Development Goals in Africa

9781803927862 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Bhekinkosi Moyo, Centre for African Philanthropy and Social Investment, Wits Business School, Mzukisi Qobo and Nomfundo Ngwenya, Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Publication Date: March 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80392 786 2 Extent: c 224 pp
Opening novel avenues of knowledge in the study of African philanthropy and development, this incisive book provides a critical assessment of philanthropic responses during crisis and non-crisis periods. It explores how collaboration between multilateral institutions and philanthropic organisations during a crisis can be harnessed and replicated to address the continent’s developmental challenges during non-crisis periods.

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Opening novel avenues of knowledge in the study of African philanthropy and development, this incisive book provides a critical assessment of philanthropic responses during crisis and non-crisis periods. It explores how collaboration between multilateral institutions and philanthropic organisations during a crisis can be harnessed and replicated to address the continent’s developmental challenges during non-crisis periods.

Combining empirical insights with cutting edge theory, this forward-thinking book investigates the activities of high-net worth individuals, foundations, and corporate actors working with governments to create shared value. Through individual case studies and comparative analyses across diverse sectors and geographies, chapters demonstrate how shared value is crucial to building resilience in societies through philanthropy. The book ultimately makes a call for deeper and more meaningful forms of collaboration among the key actors in society: governments, the private sector, high-net worth individuals, and multilateral institutions.

This highly innovative book will be an essential resource for researchers and academics interested in development studies, the sociology of organisations, and social policy in developing countries. Its empirical grounding will also inform policy responses in crisis and non-crisis periods.
Critical Acclaim
‘African Philanthropy now leads the field in advancing our understanding of the dynamics of philanthropy in Africa. This exceptional study has both theoretical power and exceptionally valuable case studies, and its focus on the impact of Covid-19 on African philanthropy and civil society is an especially valuable contribution. Scholars, activists, practitioners and academic libraries will find this an invaluable resource to understanding the rapidly changing face of philanthropy and civil society in Africa.’
– Mark Sidel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US

‘This innovative book showcases the amazing strength of Africans to take responsibility for their own development challenge through giving, apart from external largesse. It's a great opportunity to expand African philanthropy as an academic discipline and also a development model. It also highlights how indispensable non-state actors are in African development.’
– Hany Besada, United Nations University-Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, Ghana

‘Philanthropy has always played a significant role in improving human wellbeing and advancing social change. In Africa, attention has predominantly focused on the role of external philanthropy. In this volume the authors track and document the incredible transformation in African philanthropy over the last two decades. They draw much needed attention to the architecture of African philanthropy and the increasingly important role of African philanthropy on the continent.’
– Gyude Moore, Center for Global Development
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Contributors include: Faten Aggad, Frederick Beckley, Fred Carden, Oswald Jumira, Geci Karuri-Sebina, Emmanuel Kumi, Jacob Mwathi Mati, Rebecca Mhere, Keratiloe Mogotsi, Shauna Mottiar, Bhekinkosi Moyo, Tendai Murisa, Nomfundo Ngwenya, Wycliffe Nduga Ouma, Mzukisi Qobo, Katiana Sandra Ramsamy
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