The Role of U.S. Grantmakers in a Changing Region

Southern Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group

As part of an on-going series of meetings designed to promote and strengthen U.S. – Southern Africa independent sectors linkages, the Southern Africa Grantmakers Affinity Group is planning a 2-day meeting focused on defining and examining the role of grantmakers in the region in the light of remarkably changing circumstances. The meeting, entitled “”, is planned for Washington DC on November 10 – 12, 1999, and will be attended by 25-30 participants. Participants will mainly include a small core group of U.S. private funders, as well as Africans from the independent sector and regional governments, representatives from the World Bank and the United Nations, and the U.S. administration.

The Southern Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group is an informal association of 55 private U.S. foundations and corporate giving programs with interest in southern Africa established in 1988 with the objective of facilitating communication and collaboration among the funders, as well as nurturing increased private American grantmaking in the southern Africa region.


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