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Sibongile (Bongi) Mkhabela, a social worker by profession and an activist by orientation, is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) as well as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCH Trust).

Most recently, she was awarded The Order of Luthuli (Silver) by the President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, on 27 April 2018. The award was in recognition of her fight against apartheid prior to democracy (1976 student uprising) and for her excellent contribution to the well-being of South Africa’s children.

Appointed as CEO of NMCF in 2001, not only has she been instrumental in growing the Fund’s endowment but also in captaining the navigation of its strategic direction.

Her tenure as CEO has seen the organisation position itself as a critical player in issues affecting children, their families and communities. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund footprint has extended beyond the borders of South Africa to encompass Southern Africa.

In 2009, the Fund’s Board of Trustees seconded Mkhabela to assume the role of CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust. Chaired by Graça Machel, the Trust was tasked with the vision of pioneering the establishment of a second dedicated children’s hospital in Southern Africa. The hospital will be a concrete expression of Mr Mandela’s legacy. It aims to improve the quality of paediatric care, research and training in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her work in senior positions at the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Education Programme in Southern Africa, and the South African Council of Churches has added to her wealth of experience on development issues.

Part of that experience saw her serve in the office of then-Deputy President Thabo Mbeki as Programmes Director responsible for programming with specific reference to civil society government partnerships, as well as ensuring that South Africa implemented United Nations Agreements on the Rights of the Child.

The roots of her activism trace back to her student days. She served on executive councils of the student organisations behind the nationwide June 16, 1976 uprisings credited for the beginning of the end of apartheid. Her personal story of the Soweto uprisings is captured in her book, Open Earth and Black Roses.

Mkhabela is also a Joel L. Fleishman Civil Society Fellow at Duke University in North Carolina, USA, and completed her post-graduate Business Management studies with the University of the Witwatersrand Business School in Johannesburg. In 2017, Mkhabela was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship which included a three-month residency at Bellagio in Italy. She serves, among others, on the boards of Trust Africa, based in Senegal; Global Fund for Community Foundations; Global Philanthropy Alliance; and is former Chairperson and current Trustee of Black Sash.

Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, a Gambian National, is a former United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Since November 2012, Mr. Janneh has been serving as Executive Director/Board Member at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and he is based in Dakar, Senegal.

Mr.  Janneh successfully completed a seven year tenure (2005-2012) at the helm of  the ECA, an institution with the dual role of being the regional arm of the United Nations in Africa as well as a key  Pan-African Institution. During his leadership of the ECA, Mr. Janneh took steps to strategically re-position the organization to better support Africa’s development agenda.  

Before joining ECA, Mr. Janneh served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa from June 2000 to October 2005. In that capacity, he managed United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) largest Regional Bureau, covering 44 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with a complement of over 1,500 staff.  Prior to that, he held a number of senior positions in UNDP and its affiliated funds, including Resident Representative posts in various countries, as well as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital  Development Fund (1990-1993).

In his various senior roles, Mr. Janneh has been striving to enhance partnership-building for Africa, as a necessary vehicle to mobilize support and build inclusiveness for shared development objectives.  In this regard, he has been able to cultivate strong partnerships at the highest levels between ECA and governments, the private sector, civil society, as well as national, regional and international organizations. He also serves on the Boards/ Advisory Panels of a number of organizations involved in Africa’s development.   Currently, he is a member of the African Forum of Former Heads of State and Government , the Africa Governance Institute (AGI) (Chairman of the Board), the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA), the Coalition for Dialogue in Africa (CODA), the AO Alliance Foundation, ASCENT (Africa Sustainability Centre) and Global Integrity.

He has delivered over the years a number of keynote addresses, policy statements and written articles on issues germane to Africa’s development. He is also the author of the book ‘Integrating Africa’.

Mr. Janneh is the recipient of various honors and awards including for example, the ‘Distinguished Africa Economic Icon of the Year Award 2011’, Commander of  the Order of Merit of the Republic of Niger, the Femmes Africa Solidarité Leadership in Peace Building Recognition and an  honorary doctorate degree from the Lead City University (LCU), Ibadan ,Nigeria.

TrustAfrica, in collaboration with Justice and Reconciliation Project, Allamin Foundation, and Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative is organizing an exchange visit in Abuja, Nigeria from 21 to 25 January 2019 to explore issues in transitional justice in Africa and deepen the conversation relating to justice and reconciliation on the continent.

 

In her Opening Remarks at the ceremony, Brenda Peace Amito, Representative of Trust Africa reiterated the need to advance accountability for human rights violations in Africa.

Job Title  Finance Assistant
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Application Deadline:  29 January 2019 

Briggs BombaTrustAfrica is pleased to announce the acceptance of its staff member, Briggs Bomba into The WELLBEING project. This project is an initiative co-created with Ashoka, Easelen, Fetzer Institute, Impact Hub, Skoll Foundation and Synegros for civic leaders’ personal development.

TrustAfrica has co-organized the 1st ECOWAS People’s Agriculture Budget Summit The event, which was held in Abuja, Nigeria, on Wednesday, 12 December 2018, was organized in collaboration with the ECOWAS, ActionAid Global Secretariat, ActionAid Nigeria, Coalition of Non-State Actors on CAADP and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of Nigeria. TrustAfrica was represented at the meeting by M. Chinedu Nwagwu, Project Director. The overall discussion of the meeting was centered around highlighting the current situation of agriculture investment and expenditure within member states, its effect and impact and how best to increase the quantity and quality of agriculture budget for 2019/2020 fiscal year to benefit women and smallholder farmers in the ECOWAS region. 

Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP), one of TrustAfrica’s grantees, has organized a successful Regional Dialogue meeting to discuss challenges that survivors of conflict are facing. The meeting took place on 31 October 2018 in Gulu Town, Uganda. Victims, policy makers, activists and local leaders from across the Northern part of Uganda attended the event.  Please read an article by  Sophia Neiman

Ms. Coumba Toure, Chair of the Board of TrustAfrica and Coordinator of the Africans Rising Movement for Peace, Justice and Dignity was the guest of the weekly program of Sud FM 98.5 on Sunday, 16 December 2018. 

During the program, Coumba Touré focused extensively on the vision, mission and objectives of TrustAfrica as well as recent intervention initiatives of the organization. She also spoke about TrustAfrica’s pan-African activities and highlighted recent achievements of the Trust. 

ABOUT TRUSTAFRICA

TrustAfrica is an Africa-wide grantmaking foundation that is dedicated to fostering democratic governance and equitable development and works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. It is incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)(3) taxexempt organization and has a location agreement with the government of Senegal. It has program presence in several African countries, maintains partnerships with several of Africa’s leading institutions, and has built a formidable reputation as a strategic grantmaker and an effective convener.

TrustAfrica has successfully completed its second training of media professionals in Banjul, The Gambia. The training programme which was held from 12-16 November 2018, was organised by TrustAfrica in partnership with The Netherland Embassy in Dakar. The aim of the meeting was to build the capacity of media personnel from a select number of West African countries to effectively report on and create constructive public debates on transitional justice developments and international criminal justice at the local, national, regional and international levels.

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