Why African Philanthropy?

Representations and discussions of Africa often focus on its socio-economic and political challenges, and paint a single narrative around those. We know there is more to our rich and complex stories. Africans are working tirelessly to bring about change in their communities, creating, innovating, and building a better future.

Africans are mobilizing, organizing, and acting to bring social change to their communities in every facet of their lives. Across Africa, hundreds of thousands of indigenous social change organizations and ventures are working to solve the most pressing challenges in their communities. They are transforming their communities through effective and innovative programs. Limited resources and access to technical support limit their full potential.

On the other hand, the global African Diaspora sends $60 billion in remittances each year. In addition, Diaspora Africans contribute to development efforts by working with international organizations, starting businesses in their home countries, and/or fundraising for or implementing development projects. While the amounts of financial resources Diaspora Africans send to Africa exceed those of aid organizations, they are rarely seen as key partners and stakeholders in aid.

To see change in Africa, we must become leaders and drivers of that change.

What we need is a mechanism to leverage these two phenomena: Africans working to bring about change and African Diaspora committed to Africa. By leveraging our collective skills, knowledge, and resources, we plant the seeds for transformational change. This is why Africans in the Diaspora (AiD) exists. We work to ensure Africans take charge of Africa’s development and that our voices, skills, and experiences become cornerstones and drivers of development and philanthropic work in Africa.