Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies and Professor of History and African and African American Studies, shares his thoughts on philanthropy in Africa and how it can be used to create positive transformation.
According to Akyeampong, philanthropy is a product of successful business in the private sector. It is inspired by a desire to give back to society.
He distinguishes philanthropy from charity, explaining that philanthropy goes beyond giving back; it seeks to make an impact that is visible and measurable, where it needs structure and organization.
Akyeampong notes that philanthropy and government goes hand=in-hand. It cannot displace or disrupt government; it's a continuing partnership and collaboration.
As an academic institution, the Harvard University Center for African Studies will "facilitate effective giving by building strategies for transformative change in Africa through philanthropy." Read the Entire Article
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