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A new tertiary education research fund bill to support research in public universities has been approved by cabinet and is to be laid in parliament for consideration.

The object of the bill is to establish a fund from which lecturers and researchers could access financial support to undertake research in various areas of academia.

When passed into law, it would facilitate the creation of the fund to replace the books and research allowance for lecturers.

The Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, who disclosed this in Accra yesterday at a national summit on tertiary education, said lecturers were expected to access funds financial support from the fund for their research work.

Held on the theme, “crafting a national vision and plan for the 21st Century”, the three-day event brought together educationists and stakeholders to draft a national plan for tertiary education.

The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education is organising the summit with the support of Trust Africa, Senegal.

It is under the theme: “Crafting a National Vision and Plan for the 21st Century”,

In a statement issued in Accra, and signed by Mrs. Hilda Asante, the Head of Public Relations and Documentation of the NCTE, said the summit was a follow-up to the National Policy Dialogue on Tertiary Education, which was held in 2013.

The statement said the Summit would offer an opportunity for stakeholders to make recommendations not only to inform the draft National Vision and Plan for Tertiary Education, but also propose an implementation framework.

NATIONAL SUMMIT ON TERTIARY EDUCATION ENDS IN ACCRATertiary education is an inseparable component in the development of every nation state while research activities of universities provide a crucial support for national innovation and the development of new products and services, Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, former Vice Chancellor, University of Education, Winneba, has stated. 

Prof. Anamuah-Mensah, who was delivering the key note address at the opening of the National Summit on Tertiary Education in Accra, last week, indicated that tertiary education was integral to the achievement of the national vision of a just, free and prosperous Ghana that supported economic development, productivity and broad-based social development. 

He said the prosperity of Ghana depended on the quality of education of its citizens, particularly the leadership, and that the vision of the nation could only be realized through a world class tertiary education system that was accessible, internationally competitive, efficient, diversified and enabling Ghana to be a productive knowledge-based economy.

However, he said, the current state of Ghana’s tertiary education system did not provide opportunity for developing entrepreneurial and innovative skills and the realization of such a vision.

Governments Signal Continued Support for Court

The recent decisions by South Africa, Burundi, and Gambia to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) are generating wide attention and speculation about a mass exodus from the court by African countries. But think it’s clear where Africa stands on the ICC? Think again. A growing number of African governments have spoken out over the past week against withdrawal:


Stella Ndirangu of ICJ Kenya EXPAND Stella Ndirangu of the Kenya section of International Commission of Jurists. © 2016 Human Rights Watch

Côte d’Ivoire’s president, Alassane Ouattara, said in a local radio interview on November 1 that his country does not intend to leave the ICC.

Nigeria gave a strong statement in support of the ICC to the United Nations General Assembly on October 31, affirming “Nigeria’s continuous commitment to support and cooperate with the court.”

Senegal, at the UN General Assembly on October 31, “invite[d] all States Parties to contribute all of the assistance and cooperation necessary for the court.”

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, TrustAfrica has published Claiming Agency: Reflecting on TrustAfrica’s First Decade in partnership with Weaver Press. Edited by Halima Mahomed and Elizabeth Coleman, the book takes an in-depth look its work as an African-led foundation that set out to do things differently.

Founded in 2006, when solutions to Africa’s challenges were often developed outside its borders, TrustAfrica sought to practice a kind of philanthropy that both benefits Africans and actively supports their agency.

Summit to chart course for tertiary education to be held next week

A three-day national summit would be held from Wednesday, November 2, to draft a National Vision and Plan for Tertiary Education.

The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education is organising the summit with the support of Trust Africa, Senegal.

Les victimes de la crise malienne ne bénéficieront pas du Fonds au Profit des victimes disponible à la CPI

Dans le cadre de la semaine des victimes qui se tient au Centre International de Conférence de Bamako (CICB) du 20 au 25 Juin 2016, la COMADDH et ses partenaires ont réuni les victimes de la crise malienne et les experts afin d’échanger sur le fonds au profit des victimes qui se trouve au niveau de la CPI.

Cette rencontre est organisée par la COMADDH dans le cadre de la commémoration de la journée mondiale des Nations Unies pour le soutien aux victimes. Plusieurs sujets relatifs aux droits des victimes de la crise malienne sont au menu. Parmi ces sujets, le fonds au profit des victimes.

La conférence sur les fonds au profit des victimes a pour objectif de cerner les différents fonds au profit des victimes. De façon spécifique, elle permettra, notamment aux victimes de connaitre l’existence de fonds au profit des victimes, de partager ses objets, les groupes cibles éligibles, les critères et conditions d’accès ainsi que les modalités de fonctionnement desdits fonds.

The story behind the well: A case study of successful community development in Makutano, Kenya
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In August 2010, following the post-election violence of 2008, Kenyans voted overwhelmingly for a new constitution. This was a development of huge importance, not least because there had been many previous attempts to overhaul the old constitution.But the new version was also a far-reaching document, the significance of which in advocating wide-scale reforms – such as offering devolved constituency-based governments, decentralization and control of financial resources and decision making as well as unprecedented space for civil society to hold the State to account – cannot be overestimated. At the same time, translating the ideals of this constitution into reality could be a lengthy and complicated process, given the difficult political context in Kenya..

The Future and Relevance of Nigerian Universities and other Tertiary Institutions
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Higher education is the bedrock of sustainable national development, which encompasses structural transformation of an economy, human capital development, technological innovation, forging of democratic citizenship, social cohesion, nation building, and preserving the earth. Like other countries, these were the reasons for the establishment of universities and other tertiary education institutions in Nigeria.

However, over the past three decades, beginning in the 1980s, in spite of increases in the number of higher education institutions, the sector has been bedevilled with several challenges that have blighted its fortunes and raised serious questions about the role and relevance of Nigerian universities and other tertiary education institutions to national development. The contributors to this book offer authoritative and eloquent accounts of these challenges and explicitly draw out the policy implications on how the challenges can be overcome in order for Nigerian higher education institutions to regain relevance to the developmental imperatives of the country, especially in the 21st century and beyond.

This book will be of great value to students, leaders of higher education institutions, and policy makers in government and the private sector to chart new policy directions to revitalise the Nigerian higher education sector in order to be responsive to the needs of the country and its people, especially the teeming population of restless youths.

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We are honoured by your participation at this our 10th year anniversary celebration conference on philanthropy and Africa’s development. By honouring us with your presence and recognising this significant milestone together with us, you are contributing to the process of shaping our future. As we mark TrustAfrica’s 10-year anniversary we are also unveiling TrustAfrica’s new strategy for the period 2016 – 2020. Our goal under the new strategy is to advance political economic and social justice in Africa by tackling a number of priority thematic issues. These issues which have found expression in the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the African Mining Vision, the African Union’s Transitional Justice Policy Framework as well as the Sustainable Development Goals will be a major focus of the next phase of TrustAfrica’s programming. We are humbled by your support not only today but in the decade that has brought us to this point. We welcome you. Thank you.

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