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We, the Parliamentarians, Human Rights Defenders and the Academia, representing around 260 million people in the world discriminated on the basis of work and descent (DWD), have gathered together from 15 countries in different continents in virtual conference on 14 September, 2020.

We thank the Permanent Mission of Germany to United Nations at New York for hosting our conference which is determined to work towards the total elimination of discrimination based on work and descent, casteism, antigypsyism, traditional and contemporary forms of slavery and other analogous forms of discrimination.

 
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Grantmaking for the Kiisi Trust officially began in early 2018, after the inaugural Advisory Council gave their first grant recommendations to the Board of Trustees in December 2017. Currently, the Kiisi Trust gives out small grants of less than $10,000 in 7 thematic areas (peacebuilding, health, education/ adult literacy, youth skills development/ SME support, women’s programs, agriculture/ environmental rights, and governance/voice/ accountability). Projects are a minimum of six-months and a maximum of 12-months, depending on the project activities and objectives. Grant cycles are administered twice during the fiscal year (April – March), with a grantees’ forum conducted at the end of each grant cycle that officially signals the start of funded projects in that cycle.

Learning to live with COVID-19 while fighting its spread was part of the decisions made by TrustAfrica. One of the strategies was to organize or participate in debates and exchange of ideas through webinars.  

On Monday, September 7, 2020 TrustAfrica, in partnership with Southern Africa Trust and African Philanthropy Network and under the umbrella of Community Immunity successfully organized a roundtable discussion under the topic Pursuing Co-Operative Purpose in the Time of COVID-19 in Africa. The purpose of this webinar was to present and unpack the vision, themes and activities of the Community immunity initiative. The panelists at the webinar were Dr Ebrima Sall, Executive Director of TrustAfricaMasego Madzwamuse, the CEO of Southern Africa Trust, and Stigmata Tenga, Executive Director of African Philanthropy Network. The webinar was moderated by our colleague, Briggs Bomba. To watch it again, click here. 

TrustAfrica is proud to be part of a civil-society funder collaborative called ZimbabweAlliance with solidarity partners that have included Wallace Global Foundation, Schooner Foundation, and Humanity United over the past 10 years. Through ZimbabweAlliance we have supported critical efforts in Zimbabwe, including support through constitutional expert Alex Magaisa to the historic Constitution development process which culminated in a new Constitution in 2013; seed funding to nascent movements which have grown into powerhouses such as Magamba Network and NAYO who are now anchor partners in Accountability Lab Zimbabwe; and most recently support to the Citizens’ Manifesto. Citizens’ Manifesto has become a vibrant convergence platform for progressive citizens, local community collectives, civil society, and activists in pursuit of a Better a Zimbabwe For All.

As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds, it has exposed inequalities and laid bare the inequities and injustices that threaten people’s well-being, safety, and lives. Its impact is experienced differently within and across communities, and as such State responses and relief efforts must consider specific needs of different groups. Clearly, to successfully address the various concerns posed by the pandemic, it is essential to ensure national responses that leave no one behind. 

It is hard to believe 5 months have passed since the world was turned upside down. As the impact of COVID-19 continues to rage across the world, we at TrustAfrica continue to find ways to respond. In April 2020, we launched a COVID-19 Africa Solidarity Fund to support emergency responses across Africa in the face of this new virus. Through the catalytic support of this fund we have contributed to the protection of the health of informal sector workers in Zimbabwe, the protection of women against GBV during nationwide lockdowns in West Africa, and provided relief funds for local communities to develop contextually relevant responses such as collective purchasing of goods, community gardens and more. Please read more about this support from TrustAfrica’s Solidarity Fund in this newsletter. 

COVID-19 has reminded us that the fight against poverty and marginalization must be taken up with renewed vigour in Africa and globally. As a pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen African initiatives which address the most difficult challenges confronting the continent, TrustAfrica is working closely with the Southern Africa Trust and African Philanthropy Network  (APN) to provide much-needed support to marginalized communities through the Community Immunity Initiative. These three pan-African organizations are working in close synergy to leverage on the public appeal of well-known celebrities, including athletes, artistes and civil society actors, as a platform to reach the unreached and provide support to the most affected people in society. In this regard, the eminent international music star, Baaba Maal, was recently designated as the Voice of Marginalized People in Africa in view of his reputation and past experiences as a social crusader who uses his music to give voice to marginalized people/give voice to marginalized people.

TrustAfrica is proud to be part of a civil-society funder collaborative called ZimbabweAlliance with solidarity partners that have included Wallace Global Foundation, Schooner Foundation, and Humanity United over the past 10 years. Through ZimbabweAlliance we have supported critical efforts in Zimbabwe, including support through constitutional expert Alex Magaisa to the historic Constitution development process which culminated in a new Constitution in 2013; seed funding to nascent movements which have grown into powerhouses such as Magamba Network and NAYO who are now anchor partners in Accountability Lab Zimbabwe; and most recently support to the Citizens’ Manifesto. Citizens’ Manifesto has become a vibrant convergence platform for progressive citizens, local community collectives, civil society, and activists in pursuit of a Better a Zimbabwe For All.

TrustAfrica is pleased to invite you to a roundtable discussion about the vision and themes of its latest initiative, Community Immunity. 

Register here. 

 
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Southern African Trust, African Philanthropy Network and TrustAfrica are pleased to announce the appointment of the eminent international music star, Baaba Maal, as the voice of marginalized People in Africa. These three pan-African organisations are collaborating under the umbrella of Community Immunity initiative to provide quick-impact support that will bring immediate relief to marginalized communities and people living at the margins of society. The initiative will also provide broad-based support to policy initiatives aimed at proferring long term solutions that will ameliorate the living conditions of poor and marginalized groups in Africa. Towards this objective, the initiative will, among other things, leverage on the public appeal of well-known celebrities, including athletes, artistes and civil society actors, as a platform to reach the unreached and provide succor to the most affected people in society.

 The appointment of Baba Maal is in recognition of his antecedents and consistent commitment in using his art to give voice to the voiceless.  He is a highly-regarded music star in Africa and worldwide, who is known for his engagement with marginalized communities in Africa and elsewhere and who has spent most of his time mobilizing support and resources for communities and people living at the margins of the society.

Southern African Trust, African Philanthropy Network and TrustAfrica on one hand, and Baaba Maal on the other hand, will be working closely to raise awareness and to raise funds that will be used to provide much-needed support to marginalized communities through the Collective Immunity initiative. The important collaboration will include organization of a series of concerts as well as outreach programmes over an initial period of six months to build support for the initiative.

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