UVU Africa Chairman Joshin Raghubar contributes to the Annual 2023 Review of South African Philanthropy

In the ever-evolving landscape of South African philanthropy, visionary leaders continue to shape the trajectory of positive change. Among these luminaries, Joshin, Chairman of UVU Africa and a founding member of the Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CITI), has played a pivotal role in advancing the sector’s impact.

We are thrilled to announce that Joshin has made a significant contribution to the 2023 Annual Review of South African Philanthropy, exploring the theme of “Perspectives and Stories of South African Philanthropy.” His insightful article, titled “Innovative Leadership in Philanthropy: System Orchestrators as Powerful Catalysts of Change,” delves into the transformative power of innovative leadership within the realm of philanthropy.

A Glimpse into Joshin’s Article: 

System orchestrators operate as catalysts, fostering collaboration, innovation and sustainable solutions. As the chairperson of UVU Africa, which is a 24-year-old non-profit system orchestrator focused on harnessing innovation and technology for societal progress, I recognise how important it is for innovative philanthropists to rally behind and support these organisations. Research has supported this view; and the discussions at a recent international meeting, the 2023 Skoll World Forum, which was convened to advance entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, indicated that there is now widespread recognition that philanthropic support for system orchestrators represents a particularly valuable form of investment. Philanthropists can facilitate collaboration among system orchestrators by creating learning networks and platforms for knowledge sharing, and by investing in capacity building initiatives to enhance their effectiveness.

For a more in-depth exploration of Joshin’s perspectives and to gain insights from other industry leaders, we invite you to view the full 2023 Annual Review of South African Philanthropy here. The report promises a wealth of knowledge and inspiration for anyone passionate about driving positive change through strategic philanthropy.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #SAPhilanthropyReview2023 and share your thoughts on the innovative leadership shaping the philanthropic landscape in South Africa.

About the Review

The Annual Review of South African Philanthropy is a unique publication that provides an in-depth exploration of the work and impact of independent philanthropy in South Africa. In this edition, IPASA showcases prominent philanthropic organisations and their efforts towards addressing the pressing challenges facing the country. This year’s focus is on how collaboration, leadership and sustainable innovation can address the key challenges we face as a country while unpacking the progress made and the work that still needs to be done.

The context for the 2023 review highlights the crucial role of philanthropy in driving positive change in the face of ongoing challenges such as unemployment, inequality, and the climate crisis. Mvoyo Tom, Chairperson of the DG Murray Trust and a contributor to the review, eloquently expresses the transformational role philanthropy can play, stating, “We must exhibit boldness and a willingness to embrace risks in order to effect the radical changes that South Africa urgently requires.”

The Annual Review 2023 aims to inspire, grow, and strengthen South African philanthropy, encouraging organisations to be more strategic and impactful in their giving. This commitment is underscored by Anthony Farr, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy Africa and a contributor to this edition, who emphasises the necessity for increased collaboration in philanthropy, noting, “The need for effective collaboration in philanthropy is more critical than ever. At the present juncture, the challenges facing society are increasingly complex, necessitating a concerted, coordinated approach.”

Since 2019, IPASA has published five annual editions of the Review, which is made available to all stakeholder groups in philanthropy locally and globally.


IPASA is a South African membership-based association of independent funders committed to supporting, strengthening and transforming independent philanthropy in South Africa. It provides a knowledge and convening hub that supports funders in maximizing the impact of their philanthropic initiatives. IPASA’s has over 50 members, including well-established foundations such as the Ackerman Family Foundation, Allan and Gill Gray Philanthropies, Oppenheimer Generations Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.