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On Africa’s Farms, a new eBook from Mail & Guardian Africa and TrustAfrica

We are pleased to share On Africa’s Farms, an eBook that compiles articles published in the Mail & Guardian Africa. They are a result of TrustAfrica’s partnership with the Nairobi-based news organization which seeks to enhance coverage of development issues.

 

 
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A smallholder farmer convening on 24-25 November in Johannesburg, South Africa brought together advocates and other stakeholders engaged in policy reform in seven African countries. Entitled "Strengthening Smallholder Agriculture in Africa: Prospects for Mobilization and Advocacy", the convening was part of a multiyear partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supporting the emergence of a strong community of advocates who will hold governments to account for better policies on smallholder agriculture. See photos.

   
A September 2014 conference sponsored by our grantee, Africa Legal Aid in Johannesburg examined Africa's relationship with the International Criminal Court, with a focus on lessons learned and future priorities. Speakers included Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Judge Florence Mumba, who served on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the ICC. A full report is available on AFLA's website. 
 
A June regional gathering at the Southern African Litigation Center addressed ways to end impunity for crimes of atrocity by strengthening domestic mechanisms for international crime. Read more about our work in international criminal justice.

 


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recent grants please visit our grants database.

 

December 2014
 

It is with great pleasure that I address you as TrustAfrica's new executive director, having received the baton, so to speak, from Akwasi Aidoo at the start of October. I begin with a tremendous sense of optimism, based on the great energy and passion with which our partners are advancing good governance and equitable development on our continent. I look forward to working with you to realize our vision over the coming weeks, months and years. 

 

There is much news to share with you, but we start with a gathering we hosted to honor the truly remarkable Akwasi on his departure.

 

With warm regards,

 

Tendai Murisa

Executive Director

TrustAfrica

 

p.s. If you have missed it, I invite you to read Alliance Magazine's recent interview with Akwasi and myself.

 

Philanthropy Convening Honors Akwasi Aidoo  
Akwasi Aidoo, founding executive director of TrustAfrica

NGO and academic leaders from across the continent joined us on 30 September to discuss African philanthropy, a field to which Akwasi Aidoo has made an immense contribution. We addressed such issues as what it would mean to have more African resources in play and what would it take for African philanthropy to be more rooted in communities. In a closing talk, Akwasi shared a vision in which the field takes up a "transformative agenda" that addresses systemic injustice. He strongly endorsed support for people and organizations involved in arts and culture, quoting Nigerian author Chris Abani in calling them our "curators of humanity." Watch excerpts of Akwasi's talk.

Tendai Murisa and Yao Graham discuss how philanthropy can address systemic issues.
Briggs Bomba and Coumba Toure assess 15 years of African philanthropy.

 

 

 

Curbing Illicit Financial Flows out of Africa

In August, members of civil society from Southern Africa came together in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to map out ways to stop illicit financial flows out of Africa. Recognizing that IFFs are a major obstacle to inclusive development, we are working with allies across the continent and in partnership with the Ford Foundation to advocate for effective policies. We have supported similar convenings in Nairobi, Abuja, and Johannesburg. In order to help fill knowledge gaps, we have teamed up with the Southern Africa Research and Documentation Centre to launch the IFF database which features more than 200 documents and 50 experts. Coming up: TrustAfrica and partners will launch a global Stop the Bleeding campaign to build mass momentum to curb illicit financial flows.

 

Understanding Africa's Wealthy Givers

UBS and TrustAfrica have just released a new report that draws on a survey of nearly 100 African philanthropists as well as interviews with a number of experts. Africa's Wealthy Give Back offers insight into donors' motivations and the source and scope of their giving. It also reveals the unique nature of African philanthropy, which has seen tremendous growth in the past 15 years. Recommendations include: sharing best practice through networks tailored to the African context; developing regulations to encourage increased giving; and moving toward more strategic philanthropy and impact measurement. These are solid recommendations that can strengthen the field, ensuring that it plays a key role in our continent's development. Read the report.

 

TrustAfrica Joins Coalition to Fight Ebola

TrustAfrica has joined Africa Responds, a coalition of African and diaspora organizations raising funds to fight Ebola at the grassroots level, where resources are urgently needed. The coalition also seeks to foster accurate information and nuanced dialogue which can be lost in an atmosphere of fear. Funds raised will provide more protective equipment and healthcare supplies, help raise awareness and support individuals who are infected and their families.  #UnitedAgainstEbola  #AfricaResponds

 

A Warm Welcome

We extend a warm welcome to our new board members, Assefa Bequele, economist, expert on child rights and executive director of the African Child Policy Forum in Ethiopia, and Karim Tazi, a leading private sector entrepreneur who heads the Richbond Group in Morocco. Read more about our board.

 

We are pleased to announce that Nadia Ahidjo has joined the programme team, Fatoumata Sall has joined as webmaster and Briggs Bomba now directs our programme on illicit financial flows. Read more about our staff.

 

An Invitation

At TrustAfrica, we believe that Africans must set the agenda for--and lead--our continent's transformation. As an independent foundation, we are made stronger and more able to deliver on our mission with your support. We warmly invite you to make a donation today. We thank you.

 

Contributions to TrustAfrica, a 501(c)(3) organization that has earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, are tax deductible in the United States to the full extent allowed by law. Please consider making a donation today to qualify for a tax deduction this calendar year.

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Click here for a video of TrustAfrica's Jeanne Elone discussing the International Criminal Justice Project work.

Dr Nyamambi leads TrustAfrica’s Agriculture Advocacy work. She holds a PhD in Agriculture and has extensive work and consulting experience in agriculture, food security and health programming. Previously, she was Deputy Director, responsible for programmes, partnership development and training for a Swiss NGO in Zimbabwe. Prior to that, she served as as Programme Manager of the Leadership for Transformation and Organisational Change Programme in African Agriculture, hosted by the University of Zimbabwe in Harare, delivering transformational leadership and institutional change workshops for agricultural institutions in Africa. Bethule has consulted for the World Bank Institute, FAO, international and national NGOs and private sector companies.

This book contains findings of eight of the several research projects sponsored by the Investment Climate and Business Environment (ICBE) Research Fund in Uganda. It’s an effort to provide evidence to inform policy that improves the business environment in Uganda. The findings coincide with the efforts of the government to implement policies and programs targeting private sector development, solving daunting problems of unemployment, economic growth and development. The studies have been carried out by Ugandans and address issues pertinent to the Ugandan economy, but also to other developing countries.

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Fatoumata Bintou Sall joined TrustAfrica in November 2014 as IT Officer. She previously worked as Android Developer at Groupe Chaka, a Senegalese firm where she was part of mobile department and participated in the development of multiple applications. She studied at Cheikh Anta Diop University and at Institut Superieur d’informatique in Dakar.  She speaks French and is working on her English.

Within the context of Malian civil society's efforts to anchor transitional justice, the Malian Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COMADDH) is organizing a national workshop from November 6 – 8, 2013 at the Grand Hotel in Bamako.

Co-chaired by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of National Reconciliation and Development in the Northern Regions, the workshop aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of civil society to enable a better anchoring of transitional justice with the dual objective of rebuilding the social fabric of Malian society and engaging communities in the process of comprehensive and harmonious development.

The workshop was made possible through the support of TrustAfrica and will bring together organizations from Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Segou, Mopti, Timbuktu, Gao, Kidal and the District of Bamako.

Let us work together for a Mali where the rule of law prevails, reconciled and engaged in the battle for development.

As part of our Agricultural Development program, TrustAfrica, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be holding a two-day convening at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on November 12-13, 2013. The convening, "A Decade of CAADP: Reflections on Key Outcomes of Agricultural Policy Reforms in Africa," aims to raise awareness about the role of agriculture in development and to give voice to those most affected by agricultural development policies, particularly smallholder farmers. The convening will include civil society stakeholders from the Agricultural Development project, as well as others engaged around agricultural policymaking. 

Recently a group of African legal experts and advocates convened in Arusha, Tanzania on October 10-11, 2013, to assess the ongoing attacks on international criminal justice and define an effective response from civil society. The meeting specifically focused on the Agenda of the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the African Union on the relationship between Africa and the International Criminal Court (ICC). Organized by the International Refugee Rights Initiative, Kituo Cha Katiba and the Pan African Lawyers Union, with support from TrustAfrica, it attempted to examine the issues that are resonating the most among those engaged in justice work. These include: the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC), regional justice mechanisms, how to better represent the voices of people in the region, in addition to government voices, and other relevant topics. The meeting concluded with a list of recommendations which were submitted for the consideration of the African Union (AU), African member states, the ICC and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) (to download recommendations, see below.). TrustAfrica's International Criminal Justice program works to ensure greater collaboration and accountability among African states to transform the field of international criminal justice. For more information, please visit our page on the ICJ Project.

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