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Engaging Africa Consultation

The goal of Engaging Africa Consultation is to better understand the most strategic opportunities for grant-making in Africa. Templeton officers, observers from other foundations, and 15-20 eminent African leaders will be in attendance.

The African leaders hail from Burundi, Cameroon, the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, UK, and the USA. The impressive group is composed of leaders in church ministry, higher education, theology, philosophy, social science and natural science.

Consultation Background and Summary

The John Templeton foundation has provided generous support for valuable research and engagement projects in a variety of geographical regions—projects, that would not otherwise have been possible, given the Foundations’ unique funding mandates. However, to date, the Foundation has supported very little work in Africa, despite the fact that there is significant opportunity and abundant need on this continent for the distinctive assistance that Templeton is able to provide.

The primary activities of the meeting will be sessions in which Templeton officers explain the Foundation’s philosophical and spiritual commitments and how these direct its grant-making, complete with concrete and relevant examples of recent projects and initiatives. In addition, African leaders inquire about and discuss potential ways in which Sir John Templeton’s donor intent might be realized effectively on the continent.

As a result of the meeting, both parties should have a strong understanding of the various questions, projects, institutions, and people that would be likely to help them achieve their respective goals.

Engaging Africa Report, June 2014

Read the Engaging Africa Report here (PDF 1.27 MB).



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August 2013


Accra, Ghana


Lamin Sanneh
D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity and Professor of History
Yale Divinity School


Joel Carpenter
Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity
Calvin College



Nellie Kooistra

Organized by the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity.

This consultation is generously funded by the John Templeton Foundation and the Issachar Fund Initiative.

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