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Preamble

We, the participants, in the Nigeria Higher Education Summit on Exploiting Diversity, Differentiation, and Quality Assurance in Revitalising the Nigerian Higher Education System, gathered in Abuja, Nigeria on November 21-23, 2016, affirm our commitment to the objective of creating a national multi-stakeholders' platform to develop strategies for advancing the objectives of the African Union (AU) - adopted Declaration on African Higher Education through renewed commitment to promoting categorisation, legislation, service delivery and quality assurance, leveraging on ICT as driver of rapid and wider revitalisation and sustainable funding of higher education in Nigeria. In this connection, we enact the Nigerian Higher Education Charter hereunder set forth, and also Declare and Adopt the accompanying Action Plans for its actualization.

Coordinator for Africans Rising for peace justice and dignity based in Dakar, she was born and raised in West Africa, Coumba Toure is a writer and a storyteller. She designs and produce a range of education material and programs for children and young people (books, clothes, games) through Falia artist collective and production house. She has and extensive experience in facilitating meetings, engaging young people, and designing and implementing and evaluating programs promoting peace and justice specially for women. She is a certified coach and a strong public speaker. She has more than twenty years of experience working with organizations such as Ashoka supporting social entrepreneurs globally, the Institute for Popular Education in Mali designing alternative education programs, the 21st century youth leadership movement in Selma Alabama connecting Africans across continents, and Youth for environment sanity in California support leadership training for young. She is a member of the African Feminist Forum as well as the Per Ankh writers cooperative. She is a member of African Consultant International board. She is a mother and a sister to many.

Tawanda is a lawyer, human rights advocate and Senior Director for Law and Policy at the Amnesty International Secretariat. He was formerly Global Director of Programs at the Open Society Foundations.  He trained in law at Harvard University, New York University and the University of Zimbabwe, and holds a management degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He has worked for Oxfam Great Britain as a spokesman on African issues, and previously directed Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa. He contributes media articles in a number of outlets,   covering topics such as the rule of law, human rights and democracy.

Brenda Peace Amito joins Trust Africa as the Legal Officer with the International Criminal Justice Fund for Africa. She has extensive experience in human rights, transitional justice and mainstreaming gender in peace-building. She holds an LLM in Human Rights Law (with a specialization in international criminal justice), a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and a Bachelor of Laws Degree. Brenda has extensive experience in project management and implementation, analytical report writing, knowledge management and dissemination, and effective communication. She has lead and coordinated transitional justice accountability and reparative projects and initiative in Uganda particularly in northern Uganda and Kasese with international and national organizations such Tulane ILLC, Avocats Sans Frontiérs; and Uganda Women Lawyers’ Association. Brenda has also consulted with institutions including Mercy Corps Uganda and Gulu District Local Government on organizational capacity building, and legislative drafting.

The day a grenade exploded at my feet should have scared   me. Instead, it made me more determined. One life lost cannot erase the memory of 40,000 who per-ished during the dictatorship of president Hissene Habre in Chad. Whether it was me or someone else, I knew that one day those who were stolen from their families, tortured and beaten, would see justice.

From 1982 until 1990, Habre ruled my country of birth, Chad, after coming to power through a military coup. Through fear and intim-idation, assisted by his secret police, the Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS), he rounded up thousands of citi-zens, many of whom were then killed or "disappeared," until he was deposed by another coup and exiled to Senegal. It would take nearly 30 years be-fore he was brought to trial.


Alioune Tine, Director, West and Central Africa Regional OfficePresident Alpha Conde, Chairman, African Union Amnesty International

Representatives from leading civil society organizations, professional associations, governments, African Union (AU), academia, and key media leaders in West Africa are scheduled to participate in a two-day consultation on the Malabo Protocol in Dakar from 2-3 May, 2017.

The Malabo Protocol or the “Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights” was adopted by AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June 2014.

The Protocol extends the jurisdiction of the yet to be established African Court of Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR) to try crimes under international law and transnational crimes, meaning that, if and when the new court becomes operational, the international criminal law section of the court will serve as an African regional criminal court, operating in a manner akin to the International Criminal Court (ICC) but within a narrowly defined geographical scope, and over an expanded list of crimes.

The two-day consultation, which is on the theme “Understanding the Malabo Protocol: The potential, the pitfalls and the way forward”, is organized by Amnesty International, IHRDA, RADDHO, and TrustAfrica.


Alioune Tine, Director, West and Central Africa Regional OfficePresident Alpha Conde, Chairman, African Union Amnesty International

Representatives from leading civil society organizations, professional associations, governments, African Union (AU), academia, and key media leaders in West Africa are scheduled to participate in a two-day consultation on the Malabo Protocol in Dakar from 2-3 May, 2017.

The Malabo Protocol or the “Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights” was adopted by AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June 2014.

The Protocol extends the jurisdiction of the yet to be established African Court of Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR) to try crimes under international law and transnational crimes, meaning that, if and when the new court becomes operational, the international criminal law section of the court will serve as an African regional criminal court, operating in a manner akin to the International Criminal Court (ICC) but within a narrowly defined geographical scope, and over an expanded list of crimes.

The two-day consultation, which is on the theme “Understanding the Malabo Protocol: The potential, the pitfalls and the way forward”, is organized by Amnesty International, IHRDA, RADDHO, and TrustAfrica.

The CAADP Non-State-Actors Coalition (CNC) in collaboration with TrustAfrica, is currently accepting applications from suitable consultant(s) to carry out a study on Assessing private sector investments and opportunities for improved smallholder agriculture policies in Africa.” The project seeks to identify knowledge gaps on public and private sector investments in Africa within the context of CAADP goals at the national and continental levels. It specifically aims to address the lack of in-depth research, data and analysis on the patterns, dynamics, actors, channels, magnitude, and development impacts of the different modes of private sector investments on smallholder farmers, local investment and value chains development. The research will identify the opportunities of private sector investments to support smallholder farming, including women and youth. This will contribute to expand the evidence base to inform non-state actors’ policy advocacy action in demanding inclusive and equitable investments in African smallholder agriculture.

Purpose of the Terms of Reference

The purpose of this TOR is to seek proposals from suitable organizations, individuals and/or consortia to undertake research to assess the extent, impact and opportunities of private sector investments for smallholders, especially, the national processes championed by the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa (NAFSN), with the aim of strengthening local private sector and how NSAs can engage private sector investments to ensure smallholder inclusion.  

Madrasa Early Childhood Programme- Kenya’s (MECPK) reading for Comprehension (RFC) innovation, implemented in the Mombasa Kilifi, and Kwale counties of costal Kenya is an early learning innovation which supports the use of local languages, engagement of community stakeholders, peer learning processes, adaptation of ICTs and the use of creative and artistic modalities, in the promotion of a reading culture, through mobile libraries and a teacher mentoring system. As a result, reading scores of children have increased, both reading and assessment methodology has improved, with an increased trust from parents on the teachers. This is the story of Madam Fatuma Shighi Maliso who has rekindle her joy for teaching, with a revived faith in her students at Taqwa school, a direct outcome of MECP-K’s RFC innovation.

Link Community Development, Uganda (LCDU) works with teachers, communities, parents, and the Ministry of Education to better understand how best to improve literacy levels and to implement the government policy, of mother-tongue instruction. Learning outcome are raised through context-specific strategies and learning innovations. As a result, teachers adapt tasks based on the needs of the students, create locally accessible learning materials, children’s writing and reading have improved, and trust between the community and school has also increased. This is the story of Patience Angela, who, a result of LCDU’s intervention, has developed high competence in reading and writing, segmenting words in Runyoro, constructing words from clusters of sounds and reading with understanding.

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