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Around the world today there is a vast outpouring of civic energy and vitality aimed at advancing people's interests at the local level in the face of unrelenting economic and social pressures that are changing traditional customs and ways of life. Especially now, when foreign aid resources fall far short of needs, social and economic development requires the vital spark of people and communities engaged in self-reliant actions that will better their lives. Today as never before there is an opportunity for philanthropy to play a vital role in support of human development.

The historic 2016 conference brought together over 250 participants consisting of delegates from Ghana’s parliament, public sector institutions, development practitioners, seasoned professionals from the academia and the philanthropy fraternity. It also saw the initial draft of the 10 policy recommendations slated to assist government in creating an enabling environment for Ghana’s philanthropy space.

Added value!!!!

Be part of history! Witness the launching of the premier Ghana Philanthropy Awards 2017. In this year’s event, we would acknowledge individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Ghanaian community through diverse philanthropic efforts.

The 2017 forum will bring together accomplished third sector professionals and managers, philanthropists, leaders in faith-based initiatives and leading social entrepreneurs to share best practices in philanthropy and effective models for social change. The forum is particularly unique as it provides unmatched opportunities for Networking, Forging Partnerships and discovering ways to make a Greater and more Meaningful Philanthropic Impact.


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  • TRACK 1
  • This track hopes to explore and provide preliminary insights into the Ghanaian Philanthropy landscape including defining the concept relative to the local context. It seeks to provide an account of the state of indigenous philanthropy in Ghana and across Africa. It is also hoped to set the agenda towards creating an enabling environment for Philanthropy (private celebrity foundations, faith-based, philanthropy from local Ghanaian owned business, etc.) to strive in Ghana. More importantly, the session will discuss the critical role and value of philanthropic data in mapping and for achieving more effective grant making and development outcomes, highlight current data and knowledge initiatives. This track will also explore how local Philanthropy can be positioning in accelerating progress towards the SDGs and also for the attainment of national development goals. Questions we want to answer
    • What is the state of the philanthropy sector in Ghana?
    • Existence of Philanthropists
    • How do we encourage the growth of local Philanthropists
    • Issues Tax Incentives for private & corporate philanthropy
    • What obstacles exist?
    • What can be done to address each of the obstacles in order to enhance the sector or space?
    • What need done in respect of policy/institution-wise to revamp the sector to contribute to the attainment of National/Regional or global goals?
  • TRACK 2
  • The world is now experiencing a growing consensus on the practicality, viability and sustainability of using Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to address social, environmental and economic issues within a community. Furthermore, Not for profit organizations and civil society organizations face serious institutional, technical and operational limitations. For the most part, these organizations still lack the required capacities for the necessary interchange at different levels. The dialogue will touch on how NGOs can build social action partnerships with private corporations and private sector businesses. The participants will identify opportunities for implementing joint programs to deal with impeding development concerns.
  • TRACK 3
  • The quest for core funding to sustain development work is a constant challenge, taking an inordinate amount of time and efforts – again and again–project by project, year by year. In the fierce competition for scarce philanthropic and public resources, even the most popular and highly qualified organizations struggle to sustain funding for their good work. This track will not only explore innovative ways of leveraging financial resources in light of the current funding challenges, but also examine mechanisms that improve the use of those resources. It will also look at how not for profit organizations can move beyond challenges to collaboration with peers to identify successful models and key opportunities in leveraging resources for development projects. The gathering will also provide opportunities for face to face-interactions with donor agencies and CSO/NGO/Philanthropy support organizations. The track will explore these questions among others;
    • 1. Identifying national and regional support organizations and platforms whose resources can be leveraged by CSOs/NGOs towards the attainment of national and regional development goals
    • 2. Issues of sustainability of CSOs/NGOs in the context of the changing aid and development landscape in Ghana and within the sub-region.
    • 3. What innovative ways exist for leveraging financial resources in light of the current funding challenges? (Grant Funding, Corporate Funding, Private/Indigenous Funding, etc.
  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which came into effect in January 2016, are a new, universal set of economic, social and environmental goals and targets that United Nations (UN) member states are expected to achieve by 2030. The SDGs build and expand on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by focusing on critical dimensions of sustainable development in both developing and developed countries. Like the MDGs, the SDGs will not be legally binding; they represent a political commitment to development by all UN member states. Ultimately, these universal goals are expected to create a benchmark that ensures the balancing of economic development and global environmental goals with poverty reduction objectives. The track will explore; expectations and revelations so far in the process of the SDG“ localization” which calls for an inclusive approach that utilizes local knowledge.

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