Africa has been at the cusp of transformation for the past decade. The Africa Rising story provides some hope and there are many bright spots across the Continent; however, critical challenges continue to limit the actualization of its full potential.

In spite of widespread GDP growth, many Africans are being left behind. The MDG Report 2015: Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals, revealed that despite incremental improvements in gender equity, health and education, many countries struggled to meet the needs of the hardest-to-reach populations on the continent such as out-of-school youth, children with disabilities and living in conflict affected States, nomadic people, rural communities and some ethnic minorities. In addition, most African countries did not meet the MDG goals of poverty reduction.

Thirteen years after the African Union 2003 Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security, the Continent remains a net importer of food and burdened by food insecurity and high rates of malnutrition. Rapid urbanization has fostered the emergence of megacities struggling to meet the immense transportation, housing, sanitation, security and energy challenges that confront them. These trends, coupled with the alarming population growth and youth unemployment rates, create a real sense of urgency for critical and far reaching interventions.

With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the progress on the global climate change agenda, it is imperative for African leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to take bold steps and make big bets. Incremental changes will be insufficient to accelerate the realization of Africa’s true potential before 2030.

The 2016 African Philanthropy Forum, to be held in Morocco just a few weeks before the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, presents a unique opportunity to reflect on the required bold steps and big bets, especially in response to the agricultural, climate, energy, governance and urbanization challenges facing the African Continent. It also provides philanthropists and social investors on the Continent with the opportunity to consider the critical and strategic roles that they have to play individually and collectively in this journey of transformation.

Event Information

No-Solicitation Policy
APF is designed to create a safe learning environment where attendees can share knowledge and exchange practices among peers. Conference participants are expected to adhere to APF’s “no fundraising and no solicitation of business” policy throughout the Conference.

Register Online
Participation in the APF Conference is by invitation only and invitations are not transferable. Attendance will be limited in order to encourage intimate conversations among participants. If you have not received an invitation and wish to attend the APF Conference in Rabat, you may fill out a membership application form. We will contact you after receiving your application.

All conference attendees must register online and we encourage you to register early. Registrations are confirmed once registrants receive a confirmation letter from the APF with further detail about the Conference.

Conference Pricing
$1,250 Conference Registration
$5,000 APF Membership (Includes Conference Registration)

Registration Cancellation 
A full refund will be given to requests made before October 1, 2016. We are unable to give any refunds for cancellations made after this date.

Conference Speakers
We ask that Conference speakers register online even though they may be in regular email contact with the APF on the programmatic aspects of their participation.

Certain segments of the APF Conference will be videotaped for educational use on our website, and we ask speakers to sign off the Speaker Release Form, which is part of the online registration process.

Please contact the APF Local Coordinator, Kaoutar Chakir via email at [email protected] for all your presentation needs.

Hotel Accommodations
The APF Conference will be held at the Sofitel Jardin des Roses Hotel in Rabat, Morocco. Conference attendees are expected to cover their own hotel expenses. Conference participants will receive discounted hotel booking information in their confirmation email.

Given the limited number of rooms, we suggest that you make your reservations at your earliest convenience; unfortunately we cannot guarantee the conference room rate once rooms have sold out.

Conference Event App
Start networking and learn more about the conference by using our Whova powered event app. To get the app, download Whova from the app store on your mobile device and login using the email address used to register for the conference.

Conference Language
All presentations, meetings and materials at the APF Conference will be in English. Translations into other languages will not be available.

Paper-Free Conference
APF is committed to sustainable environmental practices and will host a “paper-free” Conference.

Dress Code
Conference attendees are encouraged to dress in business attire.

Conference Meals
Breakfast on October 17 and 18 will be served for Conference attendees in one of the hotel dining rooms.

Visa Requirements

We urge everyone planning to attend the conference to complete their visa application for Morocco as soon as possible. Please check the Moroccan Foreign Ministry site to see if you will need a visa. If you do, it is critical that you apply for your Moroccan visa as soon as possible and allow 3-4 weeks to get your visa. We are working with the Moroccan authorities to facilitate your visa application and request that you follow the procedure outlined below:

Step 1: Please register and pay for the APF conference online If you have any problems with your APF Conference registration please contact immediately Meghan Kennedy at [email protected].

Once you register we will immediately send you a formal invitation letter which you will need to complete your Moroccan visa Application. 

Step 2: Please send an electronic copy of your passport to Meghan Kennedy as soon as possible at [email protected].

The copy of your passport must include pages indicating your name, your date of birth, the passport issue and expiration date. We will submit this information to the Moroccan authorities as they have offered to facilitate the processing of all visa applications for speakers and participants at the APF Conference.

Step 3: Please apply for a Moroccan visa with the Moroccan Consular office closest to you as soon as possible. 

To obtain the address and contacts of each Moroccan embassy please visit the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and check your country in the pull down menu.

Travel Arrangements

Conference attendees are expected to cover their own travel expenses and make their own travel arrangements if they so desire. However if you wish to work with the APF local coordinator, she can assist you with best routes to Rabat, airport pickup and other logistical arrangements. Please contact Kaoutar Chakir via email at [email protected] at your earliest convenience. Please make sure to retain the receipt of your Moroccan visa payment, whether it was paid at a local embassy or elsewhere.

General Information

Airport Transfers
Airport shuttle from the hotel is available however conference participants are expected to cover their own shuttle costs. Speakers’ shuttle costs will be covered by the conference organizers. If you wish to arrange for these shuttle services please contact the APF Local Coordinator in advance: [email protected]

The average temperature in October in Rabat is normally between 15 ° C and 26 ° C. The weather is expected to be generally sunny with some possible rains.

The local currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MDH). Major currencies can be exchanged at the Sofitel Hotel, banks or exchange office. You will need your passport for currency exchanges.

Mobile Phone
Please check with your phone service provider to see if you need any special service to receive calls in Rabat, Morocco. Your mobile phone should normally roam in Rabat. Alternatively, you can easily buy a local sim card.

While there are no major health concerns in Morocco it is generally recommended that you consume bottled spring water instead of tap water.

220 volts. Electrical plugs are similar to the French plugs.

The official working language in Morocco is Arabic. However French remains in the public sector as a second working language.

French is the working language in the private sector, generally followed by English in multinational companies.

It is common for Moroccans to speak at least two languages -- second and third languages include French and Berber languages. Spanish and English are also frequently used.

You can temporarily bring in to Morocco, without formalities, most of the personal belongings which you might need, and in quantities corresponding to the needs of a tourist. When in doubt, please ask check with your nearest Moroccan diplomatic representation.

Please note that the import of alcohol and tobacco are limited to:
- 1 wine bottle and 1 alcohol bottle or 2 wine bottles by adult.
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 G of tobacco per adult.

It is also forbidden to bring in or take out Moroccan Dirhams.

No vaccination certificate is required for visitors coming from Europe or America. An anti-cholera vaccination certificate may be required for visitors coming from areas where the disease is prevalent. Anti-malarial treatment is not necessary.

For more information and support regarding your travel and visa matters, please contact the APF Local Coordinator at your earliest convenience.
Kaoutar Chakir via email
[email protected]

About the African Philanthropy Forum

The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) seeks to build and continuously expand a learning community of Africa’s strategic philanthropists and social investors committed to inclusive and sustainable economic development throughout the continent; to embed that community in a larger, global network of strategic philanthropists and development experts who share their goals; and, through educational programs and match-making services, to inform, enable, and enhance the development impact of their giving and investing. The APF is an affiliate of the Global Philanthropy Forum.


  • Build a learning community of African philanthropists and social investors
  • Embed this community in the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF), a strategic network of philanthropists and development experts
  • Enhance the impact of this network’s giving and investing through educational programs and matchmaking

Key Activities

  • One-on-one outreach to current and emerging African philanthropists to introduce them to the APF and the GPF
  • The convening of an invitation-only conference in Africa every 12-18 months to bring together current and emerging African philanthropists, grantmakers and social investors
  • Regional outreach events throughout the year for current and prospective members
  • Invitations to the annual Global Philanthropy Forum Conference held in the US
  • Matchmaking services among donors and grantmakers

APF enables members to

  • Foster the growth of strategic philanthropy on the continent
  • Learn about philanthropic investment opportunities and tested strategies from peers and leaders in the field of development and social investment on the continent and elsewhere
  • Gain visibility for their philanthropic strategies and impact
  • Serve as role models and inspiration to emerging philanthropists
  • Meet, collaborate and partner with other donors and social investors on the continent and across the world through the APF and GPF conferences
  • Meet emblematic social sector leaders with on the ground experience whom they can fund
  • Guide the development and direction of the APF as a peer-led organization

Participation in the APF is

  • By invitation only
  • Open to emerging and established African donors and social investors who have made, or plan to make, a significant commitment to philanthropy
  • Intended to be Pan-African


  • APF is affiliated with the Global Philanthropy Forum, a global community of donors and social investors committed to international causes
  • APF is guided by a small core cadre of African philanthropists with support from an Africa-based Director and the Global Philanthropy Forum
  • The first APF planning meeting took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2014. A second conference was held in Kigali, Rwanda in 2015